Prominent Egyptian scholar to present talk on people living along the Nile

November 10, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Arthur Goldschmidt, professor emeritus of Middle East history at Penn State, will present “Indigenous Knowledge: The Nile and the Egyptians” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The seminar is free and open to the public and also can be viewed online.

Goldschmidt in his one-hour presentation will delve into Egypt’s history through the ages, the symbiotic relationship between the Egyptian people and the River Nile, the effects of two millennia of foreign rule and the recent efforts of the Egyptian government and people to modernize their country.

Goldschmidt is best known for his “Concise History of the Middle East,” a popular textbook whose 11th edition is now in preparation. He has also penned the “Historical Dictionary of Egypt” (4th ed., 2014) and numerous other books and articles on 19th- and 20th-century Egyptian history. He graduated from Colby College in 1959 and earned his doctorate in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University in 1968.

This presentation is the latest in a series of seminars on indigenous knowledge co-sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and ICIK, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge.

For more information, or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Helen Sheehy, 814-863-1347 and in advance of your visit. For more on ICIK, including a link to past seminars, go to

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