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Egypt to the Tune of Change

February 13, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Event

Columbia Global Reports invites you to

Egypt to the Tune of Change

Join Columbia Global Reports on Tuesday, February 13 from 6-7 p.m. ET for a virtual conversation about the current state of Egyptian society and culture thirteen years after protests led to President Mubarak’s historic resignation and following the country’s recent election in which President el-Sisi took 89.6 percent of the vote as war continues in the region.  

In her book, Laughter in the Dark, Yasmine El Rashidi gives a memorable and fresh account of the youth movement in Egypt through the hip-hop, rap, and trap music scene. Her riveting portrait of the country illustrates how young musicians give voice to the rising dissatisfaction in her country, where inflation is 35% and deadlines for paying back at least $42 billion loom.  

El Rashidi will be joined by Wafaa El-Sadr, Executive Vice President for Columbia Global and Director of ICAP, and David D. Kirkpatrick, staff writer for The New Yorker who covered the Arab Spring as the former Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, for a conversation moderated by Columbia Global Reports Director Nicholas Lemann.

What can hip hop tell us about Egypt today? 

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Purchase your copy of Laughter in the Dark at your favorite independent book store or online. 

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