American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Thurs 4, 1:30pm: The Graphic Design Program by Graphic design legend, Paul Rand, was among the most influential designers who led the American design reformation wave. When Rand died at eighty-two (1914-1996), his career had spanned six decades, three generations, and numerous chapters of design history. Twenty-five years after his passing, Nagla Samir and Daniel Lewandowski celebrate his work and legacy in the Middle East with a retrospective exhibition and book, with contributions by Jayme Odgers, Tom Hardy, Jessica Helfand, and Bob Burns, detailing Rand’s extraordinary thoughts and processes.
A ‘Conference’ of design experts from the United States and Egypt and a design sprint is intended to exchange cultural knowledge between American and Egyptian designers. Speakers are from both countries, as are the participating panelists. They all share the common thread of ‘design’ honoring the historical significance of Paul Rand’s work across cultures by addressing topics from his writings on design principles. Speakers; Steff Geissbühler will talk on ‘Versatility of the Symbol’, Mahamad Khalil, who will talk on ‘Ideas about Ideas’, Oen Hammonds will talk about ‘A Designer’s Dilemma.’ And Jr Neville Songwe, who will be discussing ‘The Visual Cultural Identity.’ Each speaker will be followed by a facilitated expert panel discussion on the topic, including audience participation.
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Fri 5, 10am: “International Nuggets: Story Time” by children’s teacher Salma Mohsein. On the occasion of the “International Pépites” operation, the Media Library invites its young audience to come and discover the albums selected by the French Institute and the Book and Youth Press Fair.
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.
French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
Tues 9, 7pm: Meeting with the French writer Jérémie Dres, author of the novel Si je t’oublie Alexandrie, that was translated to Arabic, in the novel he’s in search for his Egyptian-Jewish roots during his trip to Alexandria with his mother and he succeeds in collecting data and information about his identity through meeting with some of the Jewish representatives in an attempt to find his grandparents.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 4 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly