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Mon23Apr201813:30Hoda Shaarway HallShow further details
Space of Culture Presents
BEIT EL HEKMA – Heliopolis University Productions
Gibran Khalil Gibran
A Poetry Salon
April 23rd, 2018
Hoda Shaarawy Hall
Business and Economics Building
As a young man, Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883 Lebanon–1931 New York) emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
Chiefly known was his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.
The play is telling about Gibran’s life, his art of painting, talent and close friends Mi’khail Na'ima and Elia Abu Madi; two important poets as well whom he met in New York. Moreover, the play gives us an insight in the yearlong relationship with May Ziade, also a writer and poet. This relationship was based on correspondence only. The lovers never met but they were deeply inspired by each other.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Students of HU
Written and directed by
Tamer El Gazzar
Tamer El Gazzar
Nashwa Mostafa, Mohamed Mamdouh, students of HU
Mohamed Ismael Team and Tamer El Sayed
Special thanks to Menna Rashwan, Felix Abouleish and his team, Team of Fine Art
Tue24Apr201811:00Ibn Rushd Hall, Business and Economics BuildingShow further details
In cooperation with SEKEM Initiative, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development and the World Future Council will hold a conference entitled “Solutions for Land, Soils and Food in Africa” at the university campus. The conference will shed light on the world champions in combatting desertification and enhancing food security and sustainable land management in Africa.
The event will bring together international high-level representatives and experts; among them:
- Mohamed Abdel Aty, the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation and Vice President of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)
- Auma Obama, World Future Councilor and Founder and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation
- Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- Sebastian Lesch, First Counselor and the Head of German Development Cooperation with Egypt since 2014
- Hani Sewilam, Academic Director of Hydrology Department at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management at the same university
- Hans Herren, President of Millennium Institute and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award for leading a major biological pest management campaign in Africa
- Lothar Fickert, Professor Emeritus at Graz University of Technology
- Abdelkarim Sma, Lead Regional Economist and Officer in Charge for the Near East, North Africa and Europe division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Green Belt Movement and the Wangari Maathai Foundation and Director of Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)
- Helmy Abouleish, Heliopolis University Chairman of the Board of Trustees, CEO of SEKEM Initiative, and recently recognized as UN Champion for Facing Climate Change. SEKEM received the Right Livelihood Award in 2003 for integrating the commercial success with promotion of the social and cultural development of society and the UNCCD Land for Life Award in 2015
- Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council Foundation which convened the Future Policy Award 2017 for combating desertification.
This event aims to raise awareness about exemplary policies and initiatives that are engaged to support sustainable development of lands, soils, and food production in Africa and create synergies between policymakers of international organizations (for instance the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, International Fund for Agricultural Development or the World Future Council) and national stakeholders (ministries, members of parliament, civil society, academia, and media). Thereby, it shall contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in drylands and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15 “Life on Land”.
Mon30Apr201813:30Ibn Rushd Hall, Business and Economics BuildingShow further details
The poet and novelist Samir Darwish meets Heliopolis University students in a dialogue about poetry and music. Darwish believes that poetry is a form of musical composition. The modern poet makes a harmony between letters, words, sentences, and passages unlike the classical poet who relied on traditional rhyme.
Samir Darwish is one of the prominent poetical faces of the 1980s. He has 15 collections of poems. The first of which was "Kutofoha and Sioufi" (1991) and the last one is "Mirrors of New York". He also published two novels and a book on political thought.