Amr Moussa and Ahdaf Soueif
American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Hall
Sun 26, 1pm-2pm: “How Far Women Have Come in the Past 120 Years in Egypt and the US?” this comparative panel discussion will discuss the major struggles and triumphs women have encountered in both countries since the 1900s until now. This timely comparative cultural event is strategically scheduled during the global 16 days of activism set by the UN campaigning to eliminate violence against women. Guest speakers: Professor of English and Comparative literature at Cairo University Hoda El-Sadda, and Professor Jillian Campana, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Humanities and social Sciences.
Wed 29, 7pm-8pm (Online Event): On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, join a virtual book discussion of Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance with author and activist, Louis Brehony, and in conversation with Tahrir Hamdi, Professor of Decolonial Studies at Arab Open University, Jordan. The book is a historical and contemporary study of Palestinian musicianship in exile in the Middle East, spanning half a century in disparate locations including Gaza, Turkey, Kuwait, and Egypt. Grassroots musicians emerge here as powerful actors, their stories taking center stage, offering critiques of existing conditions, new perspectives on displacement, and presenting alternative visions for the future.
Arkan Plaza, Extension of Sheikh Zayed District, Giza, Tel 010 66860098/010 66500748
Tues 28, 7pm: Join a discussion of the novel Al-Tantouriya by novelist Radwa Ashour. Al-Tantouriya is a 2010 novel published by Dar Al-Shorouk. The novel narrates an imagined biography of a Palestinian family, affiliated with the village of Tantura, that was uprooted from its land after the Zionist gangs invaded the village in 1948, to live the experiences of asylum in Lebanon, the Emirates, and Egypt.
Italian Cultural Institute
3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791
Thurs 30, 6pm: Live podcast Time Stories (Hekayat Elzaman) is produced by (The Podcast Lab) in cooperation with Murtagal Company for Training. The most important thing in one's life is time, thus comes the designation of the podcast. The project aims to providing some space for a number of people to relate and share their stories with audiences. For the founders, the podcast is based on the fact that sharing stories heals since every person will find a bit of herself/himself in the podcast story. The main themes of Hekayat Elzaman Podcast are: hope, continuity, love, pain, mental health, family and coping or acceptance of distress. Stories take from 5 to 7 minutes with a maximum of 7 to 10 stories to be presented. The preparation of shows and selection of topics is done via the Podcast Lab represented by Rasha Eldeeb, as a main founder, and by Murtagal co-represented by Mohamed Farouk as co-founder.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Mon 27, 6pm-8pm: “The Future of Palestine after October 7” join a thought-provoking discussion on the future of Palestine in the wake of October 7 and subsequent Israeli aggression. Esteemed Egyptian politician, Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the Arab League, will share his insights on the geopolitical implications of these events. The discussion will be moderated by Ahdaf Soueif, a prominent Egyptian novelist and political commentator.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 23 November, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly