Don’t miss photographer Boulos Isaac’s talk on Van-Leo portraits and the use of light

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

Boulos Isaac s talk on Van Leo s photography
Boulos Isaac s talk on Van Leo s photography

American University in Cairo

Fri 28, 9am-7pm and Sat 29, 11am-5pm (GMT+2): “New Norms in Teaching and Learning” is the theme of the 26th Annual NileTESOL Conference held virtually by the School of Continuing Education. 
The world we live in is constantly changing, which challenges teachers and students to keep up with this progress, find ways to adapt, learn from it, and reflect on it. Teachers need to revisit their teaching to redefine their roles, curricula, and the tools and strategies they use. Since much online information is now available to students, teachers have become facilitators to learning. Therefore, today more than ever, educators need innovative strategies and instructional materials that can be integrated with the available technological tools to enhance their teaching and empower themselves and their students to embrace both current and future challenges.
This year’s conference has various interest areas, such as teacher training, teacher and student motivation, professional development, programme administration, learning technologies, collaborative learning, corpus studies, research development, and assessment, to list but a few.
English language professionals and publishers are all welcome to participate. The broader the range of professional interests, the more stimulating and beneficial the NileTESOL 2022 online conference. The link is



Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo

Mon 24, 7pm (Online event): “Literature Meets AI: An Austrian-Egyptian Dialogue”, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is mostly discussed from a tech-savvy perspective. However, also literature reflects and sometimes even anticipates huge technological changes; both, the internet as well as the virtual reality somehow existed in literature way before they existed in reality. The bilateral project “Literature Meets AI” not only aims to examine AI from a literary viewpoint but also to establish a permanent dialogue between Austrian and Egyptian writers. This online event will present the project and its results so far: Daniela Chana (AT), Judith Nika Pfeifer (AT) and Ahmed Awny (EGY) will talk about their writing processes and allow insights into new texts. Project leader Thomas Ballhausen (AT) moderates the event and explains the context of this exciting endeavour.

(Limited number of participants, please sign up via [email protected] 

You will receive the Zoom link upon registration). 




Heliopolis Library

42 Al-Oroba St, off Beirut St, Misr Al-Gedida, Tel 011 42464426

Thurs 20, 5.30pm (open to the public): “The Electronic Bill System and its Benefits”, a lecture by Mustafa Abdel-Qader, the former Head of the Tax Authority.   




Italian Cultural Institute 

Italy celebrated the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri in 2021. The Italian Institute continues to post videos in Arabic with translations from Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy to bring the Arab-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. Videos are directed by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Ashraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddin, Sherine Hegazy, and Sara El-Mokadem.  




Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Oriental Hall 

Fri 21, 7pm - 9pm (GMT+2): “Van-Leo Portraits and the Use of Light” talk by Boulos Isaac, an accomplished professional photographer, analyses the methods of manipulating light and contrasts in Van-Leo’s studio to achieve his glamorous aesthetic portraits. In parallel to the “Van-Leo Legacy” exhibition, hosted by the TCC in partnership with AUC's Rare Books and Special Collections Library, this talk is a continuation of the artist’s 100th birthday celebration.
The discussion will include a selection of the artwork displayed in the current Van-Leo Cairo exhibition in contrast with the artwork of a few other contemporary photographers. (Capacity is limited; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis).

*A version of this article appears in print in the 20 January, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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