The American University in Cairo
Tues 30, 2-3pm:“Willard W. Brown International Business Leadership Webinar: Insights from the Network Readiness Index and the Global Innovation Index” in this webinar, Professor of Management and founding Dean of SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University Soumitra Dutta will discuss how the acceleration of digitalization and innovation would be in the post-COVID world, insights and lessons learned in technology and innovation policy from the Network Readiness Index and the Global Innovation Index, and the implications of this on Egypt and the MENA region. The webinar will be moderated by Sherif Kamel, dean, AUC School of Business.
The Virtual Reading Club of Cervantes Institute, which provides the opportunity to read and discuss a literary book via the Internet, continues in June with the poet and professor of literature at Granada University and world head of the Cervantes Institutes Luis Garcia Montero.
Participants will read “Stronger Than Life Love”, a selection of poems by Jaime Gil de Biedma, one of the most prominent Spanish poets whose name was given to the library of the Instituto Cervantes in Alexandria.
Initially, participants have been able to read the aforementioned poems until 14 June, after which the discussion about the work will continue, then a meeting between the participating readers will be held with Montero via the Internet on 29 June.
The reading club is a platform to read a set of distinguished works from the Spanish and Latin American literature that speak the Spanish language. TheInstitutein Cairo has modified its course programme to suit the current circumstances by offering its courses online.
Fri 26, 11am-12pm: Hatha Yoga with Violaine Guibert is back and as strong as ever! Tune in to Darb 1718
Instagram account for a refreshing, free of charge hour of live yoga so all of you can join in!Be ready with long scarf and some books.
Goethe InstituteCairo offers its courses online. Try it for yourself and make sure that online courses lead to the same success as traditional classes. You can enjoy the institute’s home-learning offers on its official website. On Onleihe, you can find German films, music and books for free. All information is readily available on the Corona page. The Goethe Institutewebsite is at
The Italian Cultural Institute
The Institute in Cairooffers daily multimedia content in several categories representative of the best of the Italian cultural industries, including literature, language, art, cinema, and archeology. To stay updated follow these digital contents and connect to the institute’s official Facebook page: Italian Cultural Institute and Archaeological Center.
As for the teaching of the Italian language, the Institute continues to provide its students at home with courses covering all levels of the language taught.
The instituteinvites you to follow the hashtags # We Are Italy and#Stay Tuned on IIC CAIRO.In addition, it presents on the other social channels: Instagram and Twitter: STAY TUNED ON IIC CAIRO.
The institutein Cairo continues its commitment to promoting contemporary Italian literature and its translations into Arabic. The Institute of Cairo has been selected for the year 2020 as a member of the foreign jury of the Strega Prize, the most important Italian literary prize.
The Egyptian actors Amir Salaheddin, Sarra Al Mokadem, Sherine Hegazy andAshraf Farouk, after participating in a theatrical acting workshop held by the Italian director Gianluca Barbadori,will read some extracts in Arabic of the texts selected this year for the prestigious literary prize Strega. The 12 videos, one for each selected finalist book, represent a good example of Italian contemporary writing for the Arabic-speaking public, ranging from familiar themes to social situations, from intimate descriptions to historical reconstructions. The authors as well are representative of the variety of Italian authors, from the youngest generation of writers to more mature compositions.
The 12 works and authors are: Silvia Ballestra's “New season” (Bompiani, 2019); “The Submerged City” by Marta Barone (Bompiani, 2020); “Fever” by Jonathan Bazzi (Fandango Libri, 2019); “The Measure of Time” by Gianrico Carofiglio (Einaudi, 2019); “Italian Boy” by Gian Arturo Ferrari (Feltrinelli, 2020); “Giovanissimi” by Alessio Forgione (NN Editore, 2020); “Short Story of My Silence” by Giuseppe Lupo (Marsilio, 2019); “Everything asks for Salvation” by Daniele Mencarelli (Mondadori, 2020); “Almarina” by Valeria Parrella (Einaudi, 2019); “Life, Death and Miracles of Bonfiglio Liborio” by Remo Rapino (Minimum fax, 2019); “Il Colibrì by Sandro Veronesi (La Nave di Teseo, 2019); and Gian Mario Villalta’s “The Apprentice” (SEM, 2020).
The first video will be posted on the IIC social channels on 26 June, followed daily by a different piece of literature. The winner of the Strega Prize will be announced worldwide on 2 July, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo will celebrate the victory by posting the winning video.
The Ministry of Culture
The Ministry of Culture’s electronic initiative “Stay at Home: Culture in Your Hands” started broadcasting a number of rare and distinguished salons for the Egyptian icons of thought, art and science including painters Salah Taher, Taheya Halim, thinkers Yehia Haky, Mustafa Mahmoud, scientist Farouk Al Baz, author Tharwat Okasha, actors Adel Imam, Yehya Al-Fakhri, French philosopher Roger Garaudyamong others. The broadcast started on the ministry’s YouTube channel in June, and the salons are presented per month,9pm.
Sat 27, 9pm: An evening of poetry features poet Farouk Gweida reciting parts of his book of poems titled Love in the Time of Sin.
Wed 1 July, 8pm: The Creative Memory honors Nobel laureate in literature Naguib Mahfouz.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 25 June, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly