FREE SCREENING Tuesday, May 16 – Tickling Giants with Prof. Stephanie Anne Boyle

The library is hosting a free screening of Tickling Giants, on Tuesday, May 16th at 11:00am in the Library’s Projection Room, A432. Opening the screening with a discussion will be Prof. Stephanie Anne Boyle of the Social Science Department. This screening has been supported by the Tickling Giants Movie Impact Grant.
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For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal.

About the Film
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that’s every mother’s worst nightmare… He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian.
Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers.
In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to hold those in power accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al Bernameg employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion.
Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won. The young women and men working on Bassem’s show are fearless revolutionaries, who just happen to be really, really funny.
About the Speaker
Stephanie Boyle, PhD is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Social Science at (CUNY) New York City College of Technology. She holds a B.A in History from Wesleyan University, a M.A. in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct and a PhD in History from Northeastern University in Boston. She researches 19th century Egypt and has written on Gender during the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, Cholera in the Egyptian Delta and is currently writing a manuscript about modern Egypt. She lived and conducted research in Egypt from 2007 to 2010 with a grant from Fulbright and the State Department (CAORC) and has traveled to Egypt on a number of occassions between July 2001 and 2015.

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