May 15, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Osama Madany is professor of English literature and Chair of the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Menoufiya University, Egypt. He is founder of American Studies Alumni Circle at the Binational Fulbright Commission in Cairo and is a member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright Pre and Post - Doctoral Programs in the Social Sciences Focusing on American Studies. He has received three Fulbright grants, including a 2014 grant to conduct research at Western Michigan University.
Professor Madany examines various manifestations of the current cultural scene in Egypt that are gradually de-centering a politically repressive order. It is a scene empowered by and empowering youths, giving voice to a repressed majority, an on-going process with many arduous strides yet to be taken. Such efforts by a young generation have shifted the borders of a nation’s cultural consciousness and are gradually fermenting, alongside other forces, toward the shifting of a whole country’s political and social structure.