Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s novel is discussed at the French Cultural Institute

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 20 Oct 2021

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

American University in Cairo

Mon 25, 5pm: “Sand Therapy”, join an online brownbag via zoom presented by Alexandra Gazis, Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, LPCC. 

Mon 25, 7pm: “Values-Driven Leadership in Action”, this Gerhart Center Webinar Series session will feature Arnold Smit, associate professor of business in society and the programme head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.  

Tues 26, 5pm: “Perspectives on Inclusive Education”, join an online brownbag via zoom presented by Hadeel El-Ahraf

Adjunct Faculty in AUC’s the Department of Psychology, 

Associate Professor of Practice in Psychology at the AUC Heba Kotb, and Educational Psychologist, Disability and Inclusive Education Consultant, MBPsS, and Affiliate Instructor in the Psychology Department, AUC

Hala A. Hak


French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Sun 24, 6pm: In this conference, professors Karima Korayem and Gouda Abdel-Khalek, couple of academics, renowned economists, review two autobiographical books they recently wrote: the first book, written by four hands, is entitled Egyptian History, and tells, through the account of their meeting, how the paths of social ascension took shape in Egypt from the 1950’s to the 1960’s, but also how the weight of class differences was manifested. The second book of Abdel-Khalek entitled De la place au Ministère reproduces the extraordinary experience of Abdel-Khalek, socialist activist and opponent, who became Minister of Solidarity, Social Justice and Supply, the day after Mubarak’s fall. Through this second autobiographical story, it is another story of transgression of borders between different social worlds, as well as a crucial page of Egyptian history which we are told. The conference will question, thanks to this diptych of books, how autobiography allows another history to emerge which, perhaps, opens up different horizons for thinking and acting on the present.

Korayem is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Commerce at Al-Azhar University, Cairo. She received her doctorate in economics from McMaster University, Canada. She is a member of the Comparative Research Program on Poverty, Norway, and a member of the Research Competition Committee, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Qatar. She has worked as a consultant for several international, regional and national organizations (among which: United Nations organizations, the World Bank, the International Development Research Center) and has been a visiting professor at several American universities. His main areas of research are: income distribution, poverty, economic policies (and structural adjustment), globalization,

Gouda Abdel-Khalek is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, and former Minister of Solidarity and Social Justice and Supply and Internal Trade in the post-Egyptian government. revolutionary. He holds a doctorate from McMaster University, Canada. In addition to having been an advisor to various national organisations in Egypt, he has served as an international consultant for the United Nations. He has been a Fulbright visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University and a visiting professor at other universities. His research focuses on globalization and financial crises, macroeconomic policies for poverty reduction,




Italian Cultural Institute 

Italy has been celebrating the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri. Also, 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.

Thurs 21 to Sat 23(Online): In its twenty-first edition, the Italian Language Week in the World entitled “Dante and the Italian Language” is dedicated to the celebrations of Dante Alighieri in the 700 years since his death. Considered the father of the Italian language, Alighieri will inspire events and conferences dedicated to him. In collaboration with the Swiss Embassy, the Italian schools and Departments of Italian at the Egyptian universities. Activities of the week will take place in various locations and online, and admission is free. For the detailed programme, go to the IIC website. 




French Cultural Institute

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, 

Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952 




Wed 27, 5.30pm: Reading Club with Yasmine Sarwat discusses Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s novel Félix et La Source Invisible published by Albin Michel editions, 2019. Media Library

Continuing his cycle of the invisible, which allows to meet different spiritualities and rites, the Franco-Belgian writer with his novel Félix et La Source Invisible, questions the power of beliefs through the character of Félix, who tries to save his dysfunctional mother by continuing a journey that will lead him to the invisible sources of the world.

Thurs 28, 7pm: Meeting with the Alexandrian novelist and translator Mohamed A. Gamal around his novel Tayaran (Envol) published by the Al-Mahrousa publishing centre in 2020. One day, the Alexandrians suddenly had the ability to fly, so began the madness and freedom without limits as well as an exciting and light story, woven from multiple very specific Alexandrian details, plagued by various conflicts, between social and political classes, religious and philosophical, but above all funny and comical. This meeting will be moderated by Mohamed Ragab, Alexandrian writer, and followed by a signing ceremony.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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