From papyrus to PDF: Library of Alexandria director to speak on rebirth of historic learning center

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Ismail SerageldinThe 2009-10 Presidential Lecture Series will kick off with Ismail Serageldin, director of the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt.

Serageldin will present his talk at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 in the Allen Chapman Activity Center at TU. The event is free and open to the public.

Serageldin also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA's affiliated research institutes and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which includes the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), TWAS (Academy of Sciences of the Developing World), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He is former Chairman, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000), Founder and former Chairman, the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996-2000) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995-2000) and was Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992-1998), and for Special Programs (1998-2000). He has published over 50 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society.

The lecture series is presented by the Darcy O’Brien Endowed Chair, which was established to honor the memory of the late TU professor. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, scholar and critic, O’Brien was a member of the TU English faculty from 1978 until 1996. O’Brien died in 1998 at the age of 58, and the Darcy O’Brien Endowed Chair was established in 2001.

David Hamby