McGill Lecture to Feature Preeminent Egyptian-American Journalist

Sharif Abdel Kouddous will discuss Political Upheaval in Egypt

HARTFORD, CT, March 27, 2013 – Sharif Abdel Kouddous, an independent journalist based in Cairo and an oft-interviewed expert on Egyptian politics, will deliver a lecture entitled, “Egypt: Is It a Revolution?” His talk will be Tuesday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wean Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall on the Trinity campus.

The annual Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Lecture in International Studies is free and open to the public.

In the two years since the ouster of 30-year autocrat, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has gone through two referenda and three elections. Although the transition period is officially over, protests rage in the streets, strikes grip factories, and dissent has become a way of life. 

Kouddous will take his audience on a journey from the 18 riotous days in Tahrir Square in Cairo, which was the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former President Mubarak, to the political situation in Egypt today. At one point during the initial uprising, it was reported that as many as 250,000 demonstrators had gathered in Tahrir Square. 

Although Mubarak was removed from office, since that time, events have not necessarily gone as anticipated.

Kouddous is a correspondent for the TV/radio program, Democracy Now, and a fellow at The Nation Institute. Over the past two years, he has reported from Egypt, Gaza and Syria. He has been interviewed on national and international TV programs, including MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, BBC World News, and on Al Jazeera English.

His articles have been published in The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Progressive, and Egypt Independent. He was the 2012 recipient of the Izzy Award, named for muckraking journalism I.F. Stone, an honor he shared with the Center for Media and Democracy.

Prior to his work in the Middle East, Kouddous spent eight years as senior producer, co-host and correspondent for Democracy Now where he reported from Iraq, Haiti, Bolivia and the United States. 

From a prominent Egyptian family, Kouddous grew up in Cairo, and later left for the United States when he was 18 years old. He attended Duke University.

He has reported from Baghdad during the Iraq War, New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Haiti in the days after the January 2010 earthquake and during the return of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2011. Kouddous returned to Egypt in 2011 to cover the Egyptian revolution. His actions as a journalist during the revolution were a major feature in the 2012 documentary, In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution.

The McGill International Studies Fund was established in 1996 with a gift from Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63. The gift helped secure a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The income from the fund supports the appointment of visiting humanities scholars, primarily international scholars, in the academic areas of international studies that include African studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Middle Eastern studies, post-colonial studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Charles McGill is a nationally recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategic planning and restructuring, with significant experience in consumer products, restaurant and food service, and information services. McGill is the founding partner of Sagamore Partners, an acquisitions adviser. Previously, he was a senior executive of Fortune Brands, Dun & Bradstreet, and the Pillsbury Company. McGill is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Trustees and its Board of Fellows. He received the College’s Alumni Medal of Excellence in 1993. The McGills are the parents of a ’94 Trinity graduate.