Magdi Youssef, professor of comparative literature and drama at Cairo University and president of the International Association of Intercultural Studies (IAIS), based in Germany at Bremen University and associated with UN's ECOSCOC, was visiting professor last month at Trinity College, Dublin. One of his lectures was a critique of of the hegemony of Disney cartoons over children's culture in the Arab world and a presentation of alternative indigenous folk Arab tales from Egypt, Tunisia and Palestine. Many Trinity students and scholars attended, as did Ambassador of Egypt to Ireland Ashraf Rashed, who spoke about the strong affinity between the Irish and the Egyptian people. 

Al-Ahram Weekly: online-edition, Dec. 7-13, 2000 / 
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