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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2011 Animation Exhibition: “Tracing Visions” October 24 -December 8, 2011 The Sharjah Art Gallery presents experimental animated short videos produced by students in AUC’s Department of Performing & Visual Arts. This multimedia exhibition features the work of students in ARTV 370 Experimental Animation. Curator: Dr. Shady Noshokaty Sharjah Art Gallery AUC Center for the Arts, AUC New Cairo.

Theatre Production: “Mad Forest”

Gallery Hours Sunday-Monday-Wednesday-Thursday, 11:00-05:00 Tuesday-Friday-Saturday, Closed www.sharjahgallery.org www.aucegypt.edu/huss/pva For further information, please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu., tel 20.2.2615-1215 Nadine Nour el Din, Sharjah Art Gallery Assistant by phone at +202 2615 1281 or email sharjah.art@aucegypt.edu

December 12, 2011 "The Social Construction of Nationalist Concepts: A Case Study in Arabic." By Benjamin Geer, visiting assistant professor, Middle East Studies Center December 12, 2011 "The Social Construction of Nationalist Concepts: A Case Study in Arabic." By Benjamin Geer, visiting assistant professor, Middle East Studies Center from 1:00- 2:00 pm History Department Conference room ( HUSS 2144) For more information please contact History Department, tel. 26154831 e-mail. nevien@aucegypt.edu

Art: Meet Your Professors Lecture Series: From November 2 to December 15, 2011 Sharjah Art Gallery AUC Center for the Arts, AUC New Cairo. Gallery Hours Sunday-Monday-Wednesday-Thursday, 11:00-05:00 Tuesday-Friday-Saturday, Closed www.sharjahgallery.org www.aucegypt.edu/huss/pva

Due to current events, the following events will be POSTPONED until February 2012

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Lecture Series / 1:00-2:00PM Wednesday November 2, 2011 MARY (MEL) MCCOMBIE

Thursday November 17, 2011 SHADY NOSHOKATY

Monday December 5, 2011 BRUCE FERGUSON

Thursday November 3, 2011 ADAM MILLER

Monady November 21, 2011 YOUSSEF RAGHEB

Wednesday December 7, 2011 XENIA NICKOLSKAYA

Sunday November 13, 2011 OSAMA DAWOOD

Wednesday November 23, 2011 AYMAN EL SEMARY

Sunday December 11, 2011 SUSI WEBER

Monday November 14, 2011 MAY IBRASHY

Wednesday November 30, 2011 YOUMNA SOROUR

Monday December 12, 2011 BAHIA SHEHAB

Wednesday November 16, 2011 NADA SHALABY

Sunday December 4, 2011 FADHIL HUSSEIN & A.DEEBI

Wednesday December 14, 2011 NATHALIE ROMAN

By Caryl Churchill Directed by: Frank Bradley The play discusses The Romanian Revolution in 1989 with its political and social repercussion on the people. The director believes that as Egypt continues to forge its path following last February's overthrow of the former government, ‘Mad Forest will sound hauntingly familiar to Egyptian audiences.’ For more information please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department tel 20.2.2615-1221/ 012.172.1526, AUC Theatre Box Office 20.2.2615-4108. e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu.

AUC Disney concert Students at AUC perform Disney favorites

THE ART PROGRAM / SHARJAH ART GALLERY / AUC CENTER FOR THE ARTS / THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO AUC AVENUE, P.O. BOX 74 NEW CAIRO 11835, EGYPT

December lectures:

GALLERY HOURS SUNDAY / MONDAY / WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM TUESDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY - CLOSED

December 1, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 PM Lecture by May Il Ibrashy: What a building wants to be.

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December 4, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 pm Lecture by Fadhil Hussein and Aissa Deebi: My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life December 7, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 pm Lecture by Xenia Nickolskaya

For more information please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department tel 20.2.2615-1240, e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu

Cairo Choral Society Brahms Requiem

December 11, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 pm Lecture by Bruce Ferguson: Curating and Exhibitions December 12, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 pm Lecture by Bahia Shehab: In Archaeological Pursuit of a Typeface December 15, 2011 at 1:00-2:00 pm Lecture by Nathalie Roman: How to do an art history research in the medieval period? Methodological Issues.

For more information please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department tel 20.2.2615-1240, e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu

For further information, please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu., tel 20.2.2615-1215 Nadine Nour el Din, Sharjah Art Gallery Assistant by phone at +202 2615 1281 or email sharjah.art@aucegypt.edu

Music Concerts December 7, 2011 Bill Evenhouse, Performing on the Chapman Stick at 1:00pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo

December 2011 Concerts

December 11, 2011 Music Major Recital Majors in music performance in a solo recital at 5:30pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo

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December 12, 2011 Student Showcase Students in voice, piano, guitar and other instruments in a solo recital at 5:30pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo December 13, 2011 AUC Chamber Singers Music in many styles sung By an AUC student ensemble at 5:30pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo December 14, 2011 Arab Music Ensemble Modern and Classical Arab music sung and played By an AUC student ensemble at 5:30pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo December 15, 2011 Guitar Ensemble Western, Arab, and Contemporary music performed By AUC student guitarists at 5:30pm Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo For more information please contact Performing and Visual Arts Department e-mail pva@aucegypt.edu tel 20.2.2615-1240

Nelly Hanna: Egypt’s History Was Created by Average Citizens, Not Sultans Rediscovering the roots of Egyptian capitalism On October 24th, AUC professor and Department Chair Nelly Hanna officially launched the translation of her book, “Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early-Modern Capitalism” into Arabic at a cultural salon held at the National Center for Translation in Zamalek. The panel discussion was attended by Dr Assem Desouqi, Dr Magdi Guirguis, writers Salwa Bakr and Bashir el-Sebai. A unique look at the economic history of Egypt, the work follows in detail the developments of artisan and guilds during the 17th and 18th centuries, a period of intensive international trade. It argues that these trading conditions had an impact not only on merchants but also of artisans, especially those who produced key products or products in demand in world markets. The book shows how the evolved capitalist practices both on the individual level and at the level of their guilds as a result of these conditions. At the guild level, Dr. Hanna pointed the way that certain prosperous guilds were run like business enterprises; guild members came together to purchase copper and rent it out for use, using the money to purchase even more copper. This, in the opinion of Dr. Hanna, is an early example of business development and the accumulation of capital prior to the 19th century. In spite of guild rules that aimed at equity and fairness amongst guild members, these artisans found ways to circumvent these rules and to enrich themselves. They created working methods that were eventually continued in Muhammad Ali’s modern industries. Attendees of the salon included a number of the country’s prominent historians and authors, who received the work positively as a step towards rethinking the Euro-centric view of Egypt’s development.

Realizing Freedom: Hegel, Sartre, and the Alienation of Human Being, by Dr. Gavin Rae Dr. Gavin Rae is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Philosophy. The author of numerous journal articles on various figures (Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Marcuse) and themes (ontology, ethics and faith, aesthetics, and social relations) in the history of post-Kantian philosophy, Dr. Rae has just published his first book entitled Realizing Freedom: Hegel, Sartre, and the Alienation of Human Being (Palgrave Macmillan: 2011). Book Abstract What is it to be human? What place do we have in the world? How should we live? What can we be? This book provides a comparative analysis of the responses that Hegel and Sartre give to these questions and, in so doing, offers one of the first sustained, comparative studies of their thought available in the English speaking world. The discussion is wide-ranging in that it engages with each thinker’s conception of freedom, ethics, consciousness, social relations, group formations, and the self, before comparing the two to show that it is Hegel who provides the more logically consistent, subtle, and holistic analysis. But while the argument developed maintains that Hegel’s analysis is superior to Sartre’s, the book concludes by showing that a number of questions remain regarding the social formation that Hegel thinks is necessary to allow the individual to overcome his alienation from the social world. As such, the battle for human self-understanding and fulfilment is far from over. For Purchasing, please copy the link below in your browser. http://www.amazon.com/Realizing-Freedom-Hegel-SartreAlienation/dp/023031435X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321188692&sr=8-1

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December 2011 Newsletter