Awards and Students Activities
Madalyn Lamont Award for student creative writing (English and Arabic)
Established in 1986 by multiple donors in memory of the late Madalyn Lamont, an instructor in the writing program at AUC, a poet, and a women's rights activist. The award recognizes students with outstanding creative achievement in poetry, drama, fiction, or essay-writing. Recipients receive a calligraphy print of one of Madalyn's poems, as well as a monetary prize. The recipients are announced at an annual ceremony organized by the department each spring.
Tewfik Doss Pasha Endowed Award
Established in 1996 by the late Ms. Laila Tewfick Doss '86, '91, in memory of her father, Tewfik Doss Pasha, to provide an annual cash award alternately to the best graduate thesis in English and comparative literature or political science. A committee headed by the chair of the department oversees the selection process. The recipients are announced at an annual ceremony held by the department.
Annual International Graduate Student Conference
Each year, the International Graduate Student Conference is organized by ECLT with a different National university (e.g., Alexandria University, Cairo University, or Ain Shams University) to highlight the research work of MA and PhD students in literature. It is a peer-reviewed conference, and each year features an invited keynote speaker. National, regional, and international submissions for the peer-reviewed conference are welcome.
Edward Said Memorial Lecture
Edward Said Memorial Lecture is organized annually on or around Said's birth date (Nov. 1) to commemorate Said's legacy. An internationally acclaimed scholar is invited to give the Lecture in a pertinent field such as Literature, History, Anthropology, Political Science and Philosophy.
Distinguished Creative Writer Lecture
The Distinguished Creative Writer Lecture is given by an internationally acclaimed writer, who also participates in teaching sessions in ECLT’s course in Creative Writing during their visit to AUC.
Students Literature Club
The heart of our department is our students, and the culmination of student activity on campus happens in the Literature Club. The Literature Club is a voluntary student-led association. It brings together AUC undergraduates, graduates, and auditors of all majors and programs who are interested in literature to spread the love of the literary word among the AUC community.
The Literature Club is a great place to get a taste of the humanities and arts, free from the restriction of the classroom or the course requirements of a degree. It offers AUC students the chance to improve their critical thinking and creative writing skills.