Scott Noegel, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Contact snoegel@u.washington.edu Box 353120

Digital Egypt

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Middle East had received
increased media attention. Some of this attention has focused on Egypt,
but said coverage has paid little attention to Egypt's long and unique
cultural history and its role in shaping present day Egypt. The 'Digital
Egypt' project aims to place Egypt in a broader historical context, and
provide a springboard for discussing issues of ethnic and religious
violence, religious pluralism, ethnic and cultural diversity, economic
dependency, and cultural tourism. Digital Egypt represents the initiative
of several UW units (Near Eastern Languages and Civilization [NELC],
Comparative Religion Program [CRP], Jewish Studies Program [JSP], Jackson
School of International Studies [JSIS], UW Libraries, and Program for
Educational Transformation Through Technology [PETTT]). It contains three
components: the creation of a large co-taught undergraduate course on the
subject of Egypt, the creation of video streamed l! ectures, and the
scanning of roughly 9000 slides and photographs for availability on the
internet. Graduate students Joseph DuWors (NELC) and Lance Jenott (Comp.
Relig.) have been selected to assist in this project.