Bernard O’Kane

March 18th, 2017

Dr. O’Kane’s attendance at the College Art Annual Meeting facilitated an invitation from the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art in Toronto to lecture there, on 21st February, on “Fatimid Architecture in Egypt.” The lecture appealed to the sizable local Ismaili community, resulting in a gratifying attendance of about 130. This was also an excellent chance for me to view and study the Museum’s collection.

El Haggar, Salah

November 29th, 2016

Published a new book (2016) with Dr. Mohamed El-Morsy , Sarah Mousa  entitled “Sustainable Solar energy Systems: challenges and Economics for the Arab World”. Also, the book (ebook) has been published on website.
One of the top journals on Sustainability (Journal of Cleaner Production) just published a book review of my recent  book (2015) “Sustainability & Innovation”.
The article can be accessed through this link:

O’Kane, Bernard

June 2nd, 2016

On 31st May, Dr. O’Kane presented an invited paper on “How to Research Islamic Art and Architecture” to a Ministry of Antiquities workshop on research at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

O’Kane, Bernard

May 19th, 2016

On 22 April, Dr. O’Kane delivered a paper on “Carved Brick: The Westward Spread of an Indian Technique in Ghaznavid and Later Islamic Architecture” to the conference on The Architecture of the Iranian World 1000-1250, convened by Professor Robert Hillenbrand at the University of St Andrews, 21 – 24 April 2016

O’Kane, Bernard

March 23rd, 2016

“From Atelier Floor to Monument Wall: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?,” in Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial Worldˆ, ed., Robert Ousterhout, Dorian Borbonus, and Elisha Dumser (University of Pennsylvania, March 2016), pp. 1-25 (’Kane%20Masons.pdf)

O’Kane, Bernard

March 20th, 2016

“Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture,” in Arthur Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Yuka Kadoi (Brill, Leiden, 2016), 111-124.

O’Kane, Bernard

February 23rd, 2016

On 20th February, 16, Dr. O’Kane attended the one day symposium at SOAS, University of London, on The Idea of Iran, Renewal in the Age of Post – Mongol Prestige, and contributed a lecture on “Neglected Masterpieces: Architecture of the Jalayirids, Muzaffarids and Kartids.”

Campbell, Stancil

February 17th, 2016

Stancil Campbell, Professor of Theatre at AUC, made two presentations at Wake Forest University in February 2015. On Monday, February 9th at 7pm, he directed a staged reading of the refugee play “Waiting for Hope,” followed by discussion of refugee theatre in Cairo. “Waiting for Hope” was developed by African refugees at the St. Andrew’s Drama Club under the direction of Campbell. Current Wake Forest students participated in the reading. On Tuesday, February 10th at 6pm, Campbell delivered a lecture and slide presentation entitled “Egyptian Theatre in Process.” His presentation covered major issues and concerns of producing theatre in both pre-revolution and post-revolution Egypt. Both events were in Scales 102 (Art Wing). The events were funded by the Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESA) Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Stancil Campbell, Professor in the Department of the Arts, completed a Habitat for Humanity project in the mountains of Guatemala near Tecpan in June 2015. This particular project was one of Habitat’s first that focused on health and sanitation in impoverished rural communities within Guatemala. The team of 20 volunteers ranged in age from 16 to 80. Included on the team was Dr. Ann Lesch, former Dean of HUSS and VP at AUC. Following well over a decade of volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Stancil plans to lead his next international Global Village team to Jordan in November 2016. Anyone interested in joining the team should make contact by email:

Stancil Campbell, Professor in the Department of the Arts, recently completed a Habitat for Humanity project outside Lusaka, Zambia in November 2015. This project was focused on providing housing for orphaned children. The small team of 10 volunteers completed two houses. Stancil plans to lead his next international Global Village team to Jordan in the fall of 2016. Anyone interested in joining the team should make contact by email:


O’Kane, Bernard

February 17th, 2016

On 25th November, Dr. O’Kane delivered an invited lecture at the Bahrain National Museum, Manama, on “Full Circle: Images of Kalila and Dimna Animal Fables from India to the Middle East and Back Again”

O’Kane, Bernard

May 19th, 2015

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Archtiecture, has given lectures at the following conferences:

  • March 2015 – Against Gravity Conference at University of Pennsylvania, “From Workshop to Architecture: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?”
  • April 2015 – Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, “Mughal Tilework: Sultanate or Persianate”
  • April 2015 – Lawrence University of Kansas, Franklin D. Murphy Lecture, “The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo”
  • May 2015 – Zahedan, Iran: Conference on the Representation of the Prophet Muhammad in Art, “The Prophet Muhammad’s Name in Architectural Inscriptions”
  • Professor O’Kane also received the Society of Architectural Historians Senior Scholarship award, which covered partial travel funds for the conference.