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Masters of Arabic Letters

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Date(s) - 01/26/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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The Letterform Lecture series complements the Type West curriculum with presentations from luminaries in type, design, and research.

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We’re honored to welcome, all the way from Cairo, the authors of the new book, A History of Arab Graphic Design. Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar will present important figures who contributed to the evolution of Arabic letters while maintaining their high aesthetic quality.

About Bahia Shehab

Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and art historian. She is Professor of Design and founder of the Graphic Design program at The American University in Cairo and the founding director of Type Lab@AUC. Her work has received a number of international awards. Her publications include You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution, At The Corner of a Dream, A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif and the co-authored book, A History of Arab Graphic Design.

About Haytham Nawar

Haytham Nawar is a practicing artist and designer, as well as a scholar in the fields of art and design. He has built his professional and academic career over the past two decades simultaneously fulfilling the different roles. He is Associate Professor of Design and the Chair of the Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. Nawar is also the founding director of Cairotronica, Cairo International Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, Egypt. His most recent publications are Language of tomorrow: Towards a Multicultural Visual Communication System in a Post-Human Era and the co-authored book, A History of Arab Graphic Design.

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