Poetry and Revolution in the Midan: Cairo, 1972

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

For much of January 1972, Egyptian university students staged massive protests on their campuses, holding mass assemblies and sit-ins of a magnitude not seen since the protests of 1968. When police shuttered Cairo University and Ain Shams University on January 24, the students took to the streets. By that evening, they had occupied Midan al-Tahrir. There they spent the night engaging residents and pedestrians with song, argument and poetry.

This talk by Elliot Colla of Georgetown University examines this earlier moment of Egyptian revolution through two poems written for and about the students by Amal Dunqul and Ahmed Fouad Negm, and explores what their differences tell us about the place of poetry in social movements. 

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Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



Department of Middle East Studies (MDES)
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