​Meet French novelist and philosopher Nathan Devers at the French Cultural Institute and photographer Randa Shaath at AUC

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 20 Feb 2024

Randa Shaath and Nathan Devers
Randa Shaath and Nathan Devers


American University in Cairo 

New Cairo Campus

ECLT Conference Room, 1104 

Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall

Wed 28, 1-2pm: “Madalyn Lamont Literary Award Ceremony: Memory and Resistance” celebrate literary excellence at the Madalyn Lamont Award Ceremony, featuring a talk on memory and resistance by Randa Shaath, a visionary Egyptian-Palestinian photographer, based in Cairo. Shaath's personal and collective narratives, offer a compelling exploration of resilience.

The Sullivan Lounge

Wed 28, 1-2pm: The Departments of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC) and the Arts at AUC present a discussion featuring Nevine El-Nossery, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on her latest book Arab Women’s Revolutionary Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). Joining the conversation will be Bahia Shehab, Professor of Practice in the Department of the Arts and artist, alongside Ghalia Elsrakbi, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of the Arts, with support from the Winder Fund.




French Cultural Institute

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

Thurs 22, 7pm: “Nights of Ideas” is a project that began in 2016 with the goal of creating dialogue about the great challenges of our time. As for the 2024 edition, its theme is “Controversial Matters.” This topic addresses the new dynamics of polarizing ideas, that are emerging at the international level in the heart of our society.

Meet French novelist and philosopher Nathan Devers during the “Nights of Ideas” 2024. Born in 1997, he joined the École Normale Supérieure in 2016 and obtained a professorship in philosophy in 2020. Among his books are A Place Designated for Smokers, 2021, in addition to two novels: Heaven and Earth, that won the Intralier Prize for first novel and Artificial Ties, 2022, winner of the Goncourt Orient Prize 2022. In his novel Artificial Ties, the writer paints a picture of his generation who live a life in which reality and the virtual field intersect and even merge. He combines the topic of the disaster facing youth with the topic of art, with lightness and intelligence, and even presents philosophical ideas through his interesting narration. Devers represents a unique intellectual and artistic case that should not be missed!

Tues 27, 7pm: Join us for a discussion of author Hamza Hamouchine’s book Le défi du capitalisme vert (The Challenge of Green Capitalism), which examines the challenges of the energy transition to a green-oriented future in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, this desire for change is hampered by the fact that this transformation remains obstructive. The book examines the reasons for this stagnation and raises questions about the plunder of these countries’ resources and the interests of foreign countries. In addition to this analysis, the book presents proposals to break this deadlock. The discussion in Arabic is moderated by journalist Wael Gamal.



Heliopolis Public Library

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

Tues 27, 5pm: The “Philosophical Corridor” presented by Professor Emad El-Adly aims to introduce the reader to philosophical trends and ideas throughout the long history of philosophy. 



Al-Hanager Arts Centre

Cairo Opera Complex, Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek, Tel 

Tel 02 2735 6861

Adam Henein Hall

Mon 26, 6pm: “Human Fraternity and Religious Tolerance” seminar presented by Al-Hanager cultural forum, prepared and presented by Nahed Abdel-Hameed.  



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

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

Ewart Memorial Hall
Sun 25, 11am- 4pm: AUC’s School of Business’s sixth annual Business Forward annual event will focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The event’s highlight is the event keynote speaker Vicky, the humanoid avatar - the first visual representation for Generative AI - who will engage with the audience in a discussion on AI’s transformational prospects for individuals, businesses and the economy. Organized by Business Forward, the knowledge portal of AUC School of Business, the event includes several panels featuring a diverse set of renowned scholars, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and top business executives who will discuss challenges facing the Egyptian economy, how their businesses adapted to escalating inflation, currency devaluation, rising interest rates in addition to the possible breakthroughs. 





Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

BA Main Entrance, Auditorium

Mon 26, 6pm: “Rageh Dawoud’s Music in Films” an open discussion with musical composer Rageh Dawoud (free entry, admissions are on first-come, first-served basis). 



French Cultural Institute 

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/3918952

Fri 23, 6pm: Meet French novelist and philosopher Nathan Devers during the “Nights of Ideas” project 2024.  

* A version of this article appears in print in the 22 February, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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