Plenary Lecture: Ismail Serageldin, Science and Democracy

Director, The New Library of Alexandria
Sunday, February 19, 2012: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Ballroom C (VCC West Building)
Dr. Serageldin, an Egyptian national, has advocated for greater equality in science and society at large, and has been hailed as a champion for using science in sustainable development and for liberating minds from the tyranny of intolerance, bigotry, and fear. Throughout his illustrious career, Serageldin has earned a reputation for applying science to nearly every type of global problem. He is perhaps most highly regarded for his attempts to combat hunger in developing countries through the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Today, he is the director of the New Library of Alexandria, a major cultural and intellectual center built in 2002 near where the famed Library of Alexandria stood from 288 B.C.E. until approximately 400 C.E. when it was destroyed. Serageldin played a leading role in founding the new library, hoping that the institution would rekindle the great intellectual heritage that had defined the Arab and Muslim world.
Ismail Serageldin, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
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