Big Read Opening Ceremony
Date: March 05, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Location: Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, NY, NY
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Orit Darwish by sending email to or by calling 212-854-1324.
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March 5, 2009
5pm / FREE
Big Read Opening Ceremony and Reception
The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library - 535 West 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
Opening reception and ceremony, followed by a talk led by Professor Noha Radwan on The Thief and the Dogs and the writing of Naguib Mahfouz. 
Screening of the film adaptation of the book to follow talk (Chased by the Dogs, 1964).

Big Read Egypt/U.S. Community Calendar – March 2009

Big Read Egypt/U.S. events are FREE and open to the public.

Columbia University Libraries - Resources related to Arabic Literature and Naguib Mahfouz 

Copies of the Thief and the Dogs will be available at many Big Read events. The book is also available at local bookstores. Prior knowledge of the book is not required to attend events, although we strongly encourage all to pick up a copy of the book during the Big Read in the month of March.

Questions? Please email or call 212-854-5301.

The Big Read Egypt/U.S. is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, designed to deepen cultural understanding and dialogue between Egyptians and Americans through the transformative power of literature. Columbia University in the City of New York is one of four U.S. organizations selected to lead this program. 

Partners and Credits

The National Endowment for the Arts

The U.S. Department of State

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Arts Midwest

Columbia University - Office of Government and Community Affairs

Department of Middle East and South Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Middle East Institute, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

The School of the Arts, Columbia University

The Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University

Deutsches Haus at Columbia University

The Amheida Project

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  


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