Ismail Serageldin

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2017 23 April

Shakespeare’s Richard II: Reflections on the Undoing of a King

It is 400 years since Shakespeare passed away, and he still amazes us by his prolific genius and his unique protean imagination. We stand in awe of the craftsmanship and mastery of language that this great poet and dramatist possessed. But we are also overwhelmed by how he uses this language in the service of his plays to give superb multi-layered complex creations and well-rounded personalities, be they heroes or villains.

2017

Jurji Zaidan: His Contributions to Modern Arab Thought and Literature

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I am honored to have been invited to join in celebrating the legacy of a remarkable man, who in the short span of half a century, had a profound impact on the culture of his people, the history of his region, and the literature of his language. He helped forge the modern identity of the Arabs, founded the modern mass media there and brought culture to the broad public as he pioneered the use of the novel in Arabic. He was a man of letters who understood and publicized science; a man of the Christian faith who had a profound knowledge of Islam and the history of the Muslim peoples, and helped bring that history to life for generations of Muslims, including myself.

2017

THE GREATNESS OF DON QUIXOTE

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A lecture delivered in 2016 in homage to Miguel de Cervantes
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death
(Repeated at the Library of Alexandria in January 2017)

2017

SHAKESPEARE 400 FOREVER AND A DAY

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2017

THE BOOK IN ARAB/MUSLIM CIVILIZATION

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Remarks delivered at the Second International Summit of the Book
On the Theme of “the Book by any Name”
At the opening session “The Meaning of the Book in Human Civilization”.
Singapore – 16 August 2013

2017

TEN BOOKS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD

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I was recently asked to name the ten books that had most shaped the world. Not the ten books that I personally liked best, but the ten books that most influenced humanity and its march towards progress, and the creation of what we call civilization.
The question is not as simple as one would imagine. For it is easy to draw up a long list of important books, much harder to distill them to only ten. I did, and before I share the list with you, I think that I must explain my selection criteria… So here goes:

2014 3 July

It's Natural: Know the World, Know Yourself

Barcelona

Keynote speech at the international conference cycle "Ciutadella Park: The First Science Park in Barcelona".

2014 1 January

Arabic Computational Linguistics

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Arabic Computational Linguistics” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 27 December

Report to Egypt’s Intellectuals

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Report to Egypt’s Intellectuals” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 6 March

Ismail Serageldin's Interview at Nizami Ganjavi International Center

An interview with Dr. Serageldin held at Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

2013

The Poetry of the Magnificent Sage

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2013

La Renaissancee la Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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2013

Shakespeare and the Burden of Leadership

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2013

Shakespeare’s Henry V - Modern reflections on a Medieval Hero

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2013

Shakespeare’s Richard II - Reflections on the Downfall of a King

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2012 18 September

A Course in Ten Lectures: Quantitative Techniques for Social Science Research

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “A Course in Ten Lectures: Quantitative Techniques for Social Science Research” at the Library of Alexandria.

2010 15 May

Lessons from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Lessons from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture” at the Library of Alexandria.

2010 1 April

Creativity in Cinema and Architecture

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Creativity in Cinema and Architecture” at the Library of Alexandria.

2009 23 December

Cinema as an Art Form

2009 18 February

Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: Making Movies

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: Making Movies” at the Library of Alexandria.

2009 18 February

Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: The Art of Film

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: The Art of Film” at the Library of Alexandria.

2009 18 February

Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: The Technique of Film

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Reflections on the Art and Technique of Cinema: The Technique of Film” at the Library of Alexandria.

2008 2 December

Reflections on Culture and Development

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Reflections on Culture and Development” at the Library of Alexandria.

2008 27 October

Cairo Opera House Ceremony

2008 25 June

Reflections on Nature and Being

Tallberg, Sweden

How dare I speak, when I should let the magic of Beethoven call to the better angels of our nature? I speak because in the rapture of the moment, in the bliss of the immortal harmonies of the “pastorale” we must be reminded that the nature that inspired Beethoven, the nature that his music celebrates, the nature that we enjoy, the nature that we take for granted…

2007 22 December

Historic Cities Jewels of the Past, Springboards to the Future

Azerbaijan

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Historic Cities Jewels of the Past, Springboards to the Future” in Azerbaijan.

2007 9 December

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I have been asked to address Cultural diversity. But before I sketch out some of these challenges and suggest some questions for our consideration, I want to bring in a viewpoint that has not been sufficiently heard in these proceedings to this moment.

2007 25 October

A Tribute To Hassan Fathy

Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “A Tribute To Hassan Fathy” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 24 October

Defining Architectural Excellence The AKAA Over 30 Years

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Defining Architectural Excellence The AKAA Over 30 Years” at the Library of Alexandria.

2007 12 September

Ten Books That Shaped the World: A Discussion

Shanghai, China

I was recently asked to name the ten books that had most shaped the world. Not the ten books that I personally liked best, but the ten books that most influenced humanity and its march towards progress, and the creation of what we call civilization.

2007 30 April

One, Two, Three, Four…The Hidden Geometries in Shakespearean Constructs

Alexandria, Egypt

On a bright sunny day, half a century after the death of Shakespeare, a young man darkened his room in Cambridge, and made a hole in his window shutters, allowing only a single beam of sunlight to enter the darkened room. He placed a glass prism in the path of the light, and lo! The bright white light, suddenly became a spectacular explosion of colors! A multicolored rainbow!

2007 22 February

Understanding The USA: Part 4 - The Constitution

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Understanding The USA: Part 4 - The Constitution” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 22 February

Understanding The USA: Part 5 - American Culture and The Power of Ideas

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Understanding The USA: Part 5 - American Culture and The Power of Ideas” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 21 February

Understanding The USA: Part 1 - Origins, Revolution, Constitution

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Understanding The USA: Part 1 - Origins, Revolution, Constitution” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 21 February

Understanding The USA: Part 2 - The 19th Century

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Understanding The USA: Part 2 - The 19th Century” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 21 February

Understanding The USA: Part 3 - The 20th Century

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Understanding The USA: Part 3 - The 20th Century” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007

Much More Than a Building … : Reclaiming the Legacy of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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2006 14 December

The Description: Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The Description: Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina” at the Library of Alexandria.

2006 23 April

Universality of Shakespeare: Contemporary Issues: Gender, Racism and War

Alexandria, Egypt

It is a distinct honor to welcome you all to the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which like its namesake of old, seeks to be a center of learning and scholarship, a center of discussion and dialogue.

2006 11 April

Reflections on the Cartoons Controversy

The recent cartoon controversy that engaged the world showed that there was a profound gulf of misunderstanding between the Muslim world and the west. To many in the west, the publication of some offensive cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper, and their subsequent reprinting in other western papers, was just a matter of free expression and did not justify the anger that swept the Muslim world and which resulted in violence....

2006

A Landmark Building: Reflections on the Architecture of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

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2005 6 December

Writing is an Act of Love

The Inauguration of the Exhibition of Hans Christian Andersen, Alexandria, Egypt

Earlier this year and subsequently, I have had the honor as an ambassador for the campaign for Andersen’s bicentennial to speak of the deceptive simplicity of his talent, of the lasting value o his works, of the magic of his fairytales. Today, as we come close to the end of that great year we launched standing together in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, we stand together again in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to inaugurate a special exhibition dedicated to HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, right here in the heart of the Reading room of the BA.



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