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.
The club organizes a wide range of events including creative writing workshops, film screenings, and poetry readings. It also hosts popular authors and cultural entrepreneurs for talks and workshops. Past guests have included cultural entrepreneurs, such as the Prime Magazine team and the founders of the Diwan bookstores; as well as much admired creative guests such as the poet Fatima Naout, the novelist Shereen Hanaay, the novelist Dr. Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, and the film director Safaa Fathy.
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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.
Madalyn Lamont Award for student creative writing (English and Arabic)
The Madalyn Lamont Award is given to the best entries in creative writing each year, written by AUC students in any department (graduate or undergraduate). In alternate years, the Award is given for entries in English and then in Arabic.
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.
Tawfik Pasha Doss Award
The Tawfiq Pasha Doss Award is given every other year for the best MA thesis written in ECLT in the previous two years.