Dr. Ismail Serageldin – Director of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt March 23 -24

Thank you to Dr. Serageldin and all who participated in the 2005 Freeman Forum.

We were excited to have Dr. Serageldin join us for several presentations and discussions throughout his visit encompassing the Freeman Lecture series. All lectures were held on campus sites at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Registration information will be forthcoming in the next week; pre-registration is required to attend.

Here is Dr. Serageldin’s tentative speaking schedule:

Learn more about Dr. Ismail Serageldin…

About Dr. Serageldin
Dr. Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of affiliated research institutes and museums and is Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He 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.

Wednesday, March 23:
10 a.m. – 12 noon — “The Digital Future: Producers & Consumers in the New Knowledge Economy”
Coffman Memorial Union Theatre
300 Washington Avenue SE, East Bank, University of Minnesota
Coffman Union driving and parking directions
How can communities large and small and societies of different cultures and aspirations take best advantage of the communications and technological revolutions that mark the 21st century?
Moderator: Kit Hadley, director of the Minneapolis Public Libraries

2:30 to 4 p.m. — “Agricultural Science & Technology: A World Divided?”
Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics/Seminar Room
1500 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul campus, University of Minnesota
Cargill Building driving and parking directions
Is the accelerating pace of change in science and technology creating a divide of “haves” and “have nots?” Dr. Serageldin will offer his perspective on the international status of science and technology today.
Moderator: Phil Pardey, professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota
The seminar will be followed by a public reception in the Cargill Building atrium.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. “The Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Past, Present and Future,”
Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South, West Bank, University of Minnesota
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Only a stone’s throw from the location of the ancient Library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexndrina is a new Egyptian enterprise of international scope and ambition. Dr. Serageldin’s vision includes using digital technology to make the world’s most important publications permanently accessible to billions of people all over the globe by creating a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books through the Internet.
Moderator: Wendy Pradt Lougee, University of Minnesota Libraries, University
Reception follows lecture in Andersen Library Atrium.
Thursday, March 24:
12 noon – Main Freeman Lecture on “The Tides of Change: Reflections on Reform in the Arab and Muslim World.”
Humphrey Center/Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Avenue South, West Bank, University of Minnesota
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$20/$5 for high school and college students
A new movement seeks to lay a strong foundation for regional cooperation in the Middle East that will create a positive Arab entity on the international stage. Dr. Serageldin will describe this comprehensive reform process, which aims to address the individual situations of each country while also highlighting the features shared by all Arab societies.
Moderator: J. Brian Atwood, dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
3:30 p.m. – Honorary degree conferral and reception
Humphrey Center/Cowles Auditorium and Atrium
The University of Minnesota will bestow on Dr. Serageldin an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The public is invited to attend.