"Egypt Dances" Lecture and Film Screening
Date: March 11, 2009 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Location: Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall - 2960 Broadway (campus entrance on North side of building)
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Community Affairs by sending email to communityaffairs@columbia.edu .
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March 11, 2009
11:30pm / FREE
"Egypt Dances" Film Screening and Lecture

Magda Saleh narrates footage from the film Egypt Dances, which

documents a variety of ethnic dance traditions in her native Egypt,

and discusses the introduction of western theatrical dance forms

into a predominantly  Middle Eastern culture. Dr. Saleh's interests

span classical ballet, modern dance and dance ethnography.

A graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, she was the first

prima ballerina of the Cairo Ballet Company, Egypt's national troupe,

and most recently, the founding director of the New Cairo Opera House.


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 communityaffairs@columbia.edu 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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