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Who is Egypt? Modern Egyptian Identity with Maysa Hayward, PhD

Who is Egypt? Modern Egyptian Identity with Maysa Hayward, PhD

Posted June 17, 2014


Learn about the evolving social and cultural landscape of Egypt. Thursday, June 26 • 7 p.m.

A discussion on how today's Egypt and Egyptians are best defined. Are the people Middle Eastern? African? Asian? Mediterranean? Is it an Arab state? A theocracy? A republic? A stratocracy? How much are Egyptians shaped by their history? Geography? The talk will address the questions of how these definitions might differ in the eyes of Egyptians and in the eyes of the world at large, and how those definitions play a role in the current/recent political situation.

Maysa Abou-Youssef Hayward, PhD., was born and raised in Egypt. She taught at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. She is currently Dean of eLearning and Global Outreach at Ocean County College, where she developed a pilot program in Middle Eastern Studies. She has been an active teacher, researcher, presenter and grantwriter in the area of international education, with an emphasis on Arabic literature, culture and history. Her previous lectures have included: "The Present Middle East, Challenges and the Case of Egypt," and "The Role of Egyptian Women in the Arab Spring." As a teacher, she designed and has taught the course Arabic Literature in Translation, has developed and taught World Literature, and has taught courses in Arabic for the United Nations. Her research, publications, and presentations in the field have sought to make Arabic literature accessible to American students and have looked for ways to globalize and internationalize the curriculum. Dr. Hayward earned her PhD in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a focus on translation.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities