Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AUC Press revolution works, festival prompt some skepticism

I don't appreciate what seems like AUC's and AUC Press's appropriation of a revolution for commercial purposes, but I also believe that they were between a rock and a hard place: after all, at the time when the new AUC campus was inaugurated Suzanne Mubarak was the First Lady of Egypt, so it was not inappropriate for them to invite her to serve in this capacity. On the other hand, many of AUC's actions during the revolution were, in my opinion, indefensible.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Battle for Tahrir

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More on Desroches Noblecourt

A very nice article from AP as published in the Contra Costa Times:

I particularly like this bit about her involvement with the French Resistance and her arrest:
"During World War II, Desroches frequented some members of the French Resistance and was arrested in December 1940. 'I thought I was done for,' she told Le Monde. 'I told them what I thought of them, and I don't know why, they let me go after two days.'"

Saturday, June 25, 2011

French Egyptologist Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt dies

One of the many articles about this amazing woman published on the occasion of her death at the age of 97: The world owes her a debt of gratitude for the development of the campaign to salvage many of the monuments which would have been swallowed up by the waters of Lake Nasser back in the 1960s when the Aswan Dam was built. She will be missed!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Yes, I'm feeling rather chuffed today. I just got word from the advertising agency that has been working on the new "Egypt Tourism Authority" website that it was finally up and running. They had contacted me before the revolution about using this Ramesseum photo I had taken several years ago to illustrate that page. I had completely forgotten about it until I received the email today. I think it looks rather nice!

Egypt Tourism Authority - Egypt: Where it all begins - Ramesseum: Ramses II's Mortuary Temple