Award and Lecture - George T. Scanlon Graduate Student Award in Arab and Islamic Civilizations (Cairo, 22 April 2017)

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The American University in Cairo
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
The George T. Scanlon Graduate Student Award in Arab and Islamic Civilizations
First Award Ceremony and Reception 
Saturday 22 April, 2017
Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square Campus
Keynote lecture by Bernard O’Kane
(Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, AUC)
“Beyond Cairo – The Mosques of Egypt”

About the award: Professor George T. Scanlon (1925-2014) was Professor Emeritus of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, AUC. Since joining AUC full-time in 1974, he was a main pillar of Arabic Studies at the university. 

In the fall of 2014, The American University in Cairo coordinated with a group of former students to raise funds for an annual award in memory of George Scanlon’s dedication to teaching and his multidisciplinary approach to the study of Islamic culture. The university has established an endowment from the initial proceeds of this campaign that will fund this annual award. The Development Office at The American University in Cairo welcomes contributions to this endowment. 

The merit-based award will be granted annually for the most distinguished MA thesis produced by a student in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC), the department in which Scanlon was a professor for most of his professional career. A departmental award committee will consider MA theses successfully defended by students across the various specializations of the ARIC department over a two-year rolling window. The annual award ceremony will feature an invited keynote speaker from the Cairo academic community who will recognize the award recipient and commemorate the award’s namesake.
For more information about ways to give to the George T. Scanlon Award, please consult or call the office at +202.2615.2481 (Cairo) or +1-646-810-9411 (New York). Please add “George T. Scanlon Student Award” in your memo line or in the box marked “Other” on the online form.

The first recipient of the award will be presented the award by the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean Bowditch, at a ceremony in Oriental Hall, on Saturday 22 April, 2017, 6.00-8.00pm to be followed by a presentation on the winning research as well as a keynote lecture by Professor Bernard O'Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (AUC) and Scanlon's long-time colleague. The title of the keynote lecture is: “Beyond Cairo – The Mosques of Egypt.”
The invitation is open.