Humanities Circle Conducts Workshop, “Teaching Revolutionary Literature at Egyptian Universities”
In March the Commission’s circle of humanities alumni conducted a workshop on “Teaching Revolutionary Literature at Egyptian Universities.” Three dozen academics from universities throughout Egypt participated in the event, which was hosted at Helwan University. The workshop included the screening of documentaries describing the Egyptian revolution, which were followed by a discussion on the “Challenges of Teaching the Revolution.” Other presentations included “Liberty, Individuality and Creativity: an American Studies Course And The Egyptian Revolution” by Dr. Heba Sharobeem of the Alexandria University Faculty of Education; “Texts that Outpace the Revolution: Teaching Mohamed Salmawy’s Wings of the Butterfly” by Dr. Lobna Ismael and Dr. Mona Radwan of the Cairo University Faculty of Arts; and “The Making of a Revolutionary: Teaching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Cell One” by alumna Dr. Sonia Farid (University of California – Santa Cruz 2006-2007), also of the Cairo University Faculty of Arts. Several distinguished alumni contributed to the organization of the workshop, including Dr. Areeg Ibrahim (Yale University, 2005-2006), Dr. Mounira Soliman (New York University 2004-2005), and the Circle’s leader, Dr. Osama Madani (Study of U.S. Institute 2001). The workshop was the second in a series of Humanities Circle events design to enlighten the classroom discussion of Egypt’s revolution.