Ismail Serageldin

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2013 8 March

Lectures at LoC on the Future of Egypt and the Future of Libraries

Serageldin gave three lectures at the Library of Congress (LoC) this week. On 6 March he spoke before a packed auditorium on “The Arab World and the Future of Egypt”. Large audiences returned to the LoC on 8 March for two more lectures by Serageldin on the topics: “The Loss and Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria” and “The Knowledge Revolution and the Future of Libraries”.

2013 7 March

A Talk at the World Bank on Egypt’s Revolution and the BA

Egypt’s revolution and the Library of Alexandria were the subject of a talk given by Serageldin at the World Bank. For the benefit of audiences in different locations, the talk was broadcast to country offices and a great number of questions were addressed to Serageldin through this live connection.

2013 6 March

Ismail Serageldin's Interview at Nizami Ganjavi International Center

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

2013 25 February

Water: Global to Local

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Water: Global to Local” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 9 February

Egyptian Reactions to Sea Level Rise: Reflections from Alexandria

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Egyptian Reactions to Sea Level Rise: Reflections from Alexandria” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 9 February

Mobilizing Science to Prepare for the Future: Scenarios and Modeling

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Mobilizing Science to Prepare for the Future: Scenarios and Modeling” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 5 February

A Fruitful Meeting at the Austrian National Library

During his short stay in Austria, Serageldin visited the Austrian National Library, where he met with Elisabeth M. Edhofer, Head of Development and International Relations. The meeting discussions revolved around plans for future cooperation and exchange between the two institutions.

2013 4 February

World Water Scenarios in Laxenburg

As a world renowned authority on water issues, Serageldin was invited to the launch meeting for the Water Futures and Solutions Scenarios Project held at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Senior representatives from government and non-government organizations, business and academia gathered at IIASA to discuss this new initiative which was started through a partnership of IIASA, UNESCO, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the World Water Council, and the International Water Association.

2013 23 January

Sessions on Culture, History and Politics at Davos

At the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, held under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”, Serageldin joined world leaders from politics and business, media and academia, technology pioneers, spiritual and cultural leaders, to share insights on critical issues, and to collaborate on the risks and opportunities that lie ahead of the global community.

2013 21 January

Building the Global Knowledge Society: The Challenge and the Response

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Building the Global Knowledge Society: The Challenge and the Response” at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

2013 21 January

A Keynote Lecture at KAUST

Serageldin gives a keynote presentation today at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal Saudi Arabia. Entitled “Building a Global Knowledge Society”, the lecture describes the major social and technological forces that are fostering and challenging the creation of a global knowledge society.

2013

The Poetry of the Magnificent Sage

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Reflections on Education

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La Renaissancee la Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Shakespeare and the Burden of Leadership

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

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

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2012 29 December

On S&T Education for Sustainable Development in The Arab Region

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “On S&T Education for Sustainable Development in The Arab Region” at the Library of Alexandria.

2012 16 December

The Book: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, initiated the idea that the world should have a yearly international event, to celebrate the culture of the Book...

2012 6 December

The Book, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The First International Summit of the Book at the Library of Congress, Washington DC
2012 6 December

Standing Ovation at the Library of Congress

At the first International Summit of the Book, Serageldin gave a keynote speech entitled The Book, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow , which received a standing ovation from a huge gathering of leaders in academia, libraries and technology. Organized and hosted by the prestigious Library of Congress, the event was also open to the public, and was the inaugural summit of a global dialogue that will be held annually to debate and discuss the powerful role of the book in information transmittal.

2012 5 December

WDL Executive Council Meeting Presided by Serageldin

Following the annual partner meeting of World Digital Library (WDL) held at the Library of Congress on 5 December, Serageldin chaired the meeting of the Executive Council of the WDL, which convened the next day to review progress made within the past year, and to discuss priorities for the coming year.

2012 3 December

Serageldin Main Curator of Nizami Exhibition in Washington DC

In joint collaboration between the Library of Alexandria, the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, and the Karabakh Foundation, an exhibition of the original manuscripts of Nizami Ganjavi was held in Washington DC under the title "Nizami Ganjavi: Legacy of a 12th-Century Poet from Azerbaijan". About 50 original manuscripts and rare miniatures were on display at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, on 3 December, 2012.

2012 28 November

Tomorrow’s Universities and the Seven Pillars of the Knowledge Revolution

14th General Conference of the International Association of Universities (IAU), San Juan, Puerto Rico

While others are thinking of how current higher education institutions can contribute to the global agenda, I would like to underline that Universities, as agents of change themselves, must chart a path that takes into account how they must transform themselves to cope with the emerging knowledge Revolution.

2012 28 November

On the Future of Universities: The Challenge and the Response

San Juan, Puerto Rico - IAU

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “On the Future of Universities: The Challenge and the Response” at the Inter American University (IAU) of Puerto Rico in San Juan.

2012 28 November

Examining the Role and Responsibilities of Higher Education

In the plenary session of the 14th General Conference of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Serageldin gives a speech today, focusing on “Are Higher Education Institutions addressing and contributing to the challenges facing humanity?”. The theme of this quadrennial Conference, which is held in partnership with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, is “Higher Education and the Global Agenda: Alternative Paths to the Future”.

2012 22 November

Peacemakers Award Ceremony

In a grand ceremony held at Musée du quai Branly in Paris, Serageldin got together once again this year, with the International Jury of the Chirac Foundation to award the winners of the conflict prevention prizes. The jury, composed of distinguished personalities who have worked for peace and dialogue, had convened in September 2012 to select winners of two prizes: the Chirac Foundation Prize and the Special Jury Prize.

2012 20 November

Center for Hellenistic Studies to Pursue Further Success

As head of the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies, Serageldin chaired a meeting of the Board held in Athens this week. Based on the success achieved by the Center in the past five years, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Serageldin, as Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of the Vardinoyannis Foundation, to continue with the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for a further five years.

2012 17 November

Terrorism, the Constitution and the Law

A few years ago, before the 25 January 2011 Revolution, Egypt considered passing a “Terrorism Law” to replace the vast powers given to the state under the “State of Emergency” that was invoked and remained in place for thirty years. Such a law would have enshrined the sweeping coercive powers claimed by the executive under the Emergency into the regular laws of the nation.

2012 16 November

Innovation, Food Security and Rural Development: Collaboration and Partnerships

Geneva

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Innovation, Food Security and Rural Development: Collaboration and Partnerships” in Geneva.

2012 12 November

A Talk at WIPO on Innovation and Food Security

Addressing an audience comprising a mixture of diplomats, NGOs and think tankers, Serageldin will give a presentation on “Intellectual Property, Food Security and Rural Development: Collaboration and Partnership”. The seminar takes place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, on 16 November, at 13:30 pm, as part of a new series of seminars that focuses on “Global Challenges” – health, climate change, and food security.

2012 7 November

APS Induction Ceremony

In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments in fields of intellectual endeavor and public service, Serageldin was voted, last April, into membership of the American Philosophical Society (APS). He was nominated and elected by his peers in the Society, which has 1022 members of eminent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines.

2012 2 November

Second High Level Panel Meeting in Johannesburg

Following the first meeting of the African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation held at the BA last August, the panel convened once again in Johannesburg for further review and deliberation. Serageldin co-chaired the meeting together with Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard University.

2012 21 October

Towards a Constitution for the 21st Century

As Egypt drafts its new constitution, we must recognize that we are designing it in the second decade of the 21st century, and that much of what has changed in the world around us requires decision makers to have to think “outside of the box”. Regretfully, I find much of the current debate is about concerns and solutions that still seem very conventional in their outlook. Certainly there are certain fundamental issues that any constitution must address, from the oldest to the most recent.

2012 14 October

The BA & the Revolution

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The BA & the Revolution” at the Library of Alexandria.

2012 11 October

On the Future of Libraries: The Challenge and the Response

Singapore

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “On the Future of Libraries: The Challenge and the Response” in Singapore.

2012 11 October

Rebirth & Revolution: The Story of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Singapore

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Rebirth & Revolution: The Story of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina” in Singapore.

2012 11 October

A Talk on the BA at the National Library in Singapore

Invited to give a talk at the National Library of Singapore, Serageldin spoke of the Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria and the Future of Libraries. His talk also included a personal account of the experiences of the Library during the Egyptian revolution in January 2011, and of the new challenges facing the Library in the Arab Spring. The talk was followed by a lively question and answer session.

2012 9 October

Serageldin Chairs Plenary Session at STS Annual Meeting

At the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, Serageldin chaired the plenary session entitled How do we move forward to maintain sustainability for the future of humankind? Speakers at the session were Carlo Rubbia, Scientific Director IASS and Nobel Laureate for Physics; Jeremy Grantham, Co-founder GMO ; António Correia de Campos, Chairman of STOA, European Parliament; and Koji Omi, Founder and Chairman, STS forum.

2012 8 October

Four Honorary Doctorates from Georgia and Azerbaijan

The University of Georgia and Ilia State University in Georgia awarded Serageldin two honorary doctorates in recognition of his academic and scientific contributions. Having received much media attention, Serageldin was interviewed by Georgia State Television about possible cooperation means between the BA and cultural institutions in Georgia.

2012 1 October

Eventful Visit to Baku

In Baku, Azerbaijan, his last stop in the region, Serageldin visited Baku State University (BSU), where he signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Library of Alexandria and BSU, and gave a joint lecture on Mutual Understanding and Dialogue between Civilizations, with Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, and Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan.

2012 30 September

MoU with Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

Ismail Serageldin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The two institutions have agreed to cooperate with each other in areas of mutual interest such as support of research, training programs, scientific exchanges, fellowships, seminars and workshops.



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