Alumni Award Winner on the Changes in His Native Eqypt

Egyptian author, dentist and UI Alumni Achievement winner Alaa al Aswany talks about the changes taking place in his native land following the revolution earlier this year. Watch this PBS News Hour interview.

 PBS NewsHour 
 October 12, 2011

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 Novelist Alaa Al Aswany on Surprising Changes in the Egyptian People

Egyptian novelist and dentist Alaa al Aswany speaks with Margret Warner about the surprising changes in political behavior of his countrymen amid the revolution earlier this year, and how the new Egypt is taking shape.

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Alaa Al Aswany, MS '85 DENT received the 2010 Alumni Achievment Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Established in 1957, this award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois by the University of Illinois Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The award is presented to those alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen business, profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

Focusing on the gender, ethnic and religious inequalities that exist in Egypt, Aswany’s novels have become some of the most widely read in the Arab world. His 2002 book, The Yacoubian Building, has sold 1million copies in 28 languages in more than 100 countries. In addition to his novels, he has also written a collection of political columns that have appeared in the newspaper Al Arabi over the past 17 years. His English works include: The Yacoubian Building, Chicago, and Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo.


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