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  • Egypt Fulbright Photography Exhibit
  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes”
  • Science Circle Convenes 3rd Seminar, “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges: Young Innovators in Energy”
  • Egyptian and American Alumni Visit 57357 Hospital for Children with Cancer
  • Teachers’ Circle Conducts Workshop, “Teaching Authentic Materials in ESL Classes”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Alumni Forum Conducts its Seminar, “Religion and State in Contemporary Egypt”
  • Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum Conducts Seminar, “Possible Reform Paths for Egypt Current Challenges”
  • American Fulbrighters Retreat to Ain ElSukhna
  • U.S. Fulbright Specialist Conducts Seminars at American University in Cairo
  • Fulbrighters Enjoy Seminar on
  • U.S. IIE Graduate Fellow Conducts Research in Cairo
  • Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion
  • U.S. Fulbrighter Conducts Research at Al Azhar University
  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Revolutionary Nation and Bewildered Media”



  • , 3/10/2014

    Dr. Mary M. Christopher, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis, and an AY 2010-2011 Fulbright Alumna, is displaying a photography exhibit at the University of California - Davis in January- June 2014. The exhibit portrays the unique beauty and chaos of Egypt in a remarkable photo-journey that weaves a story of Egypt’s animals, veterinary medicine and people with ancient and modern Egyptian culture, politics and religion — amid the turmoil, uncertainty, and hope of the 2011 revolution. During her Fulbright grant, Dr. Christopher lectured at Alexandria University - Damanhour.  She holds a DVM degree from Iowa State University (1988) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1988), and has been a member of the UC - Davis faculty since 1999.  She is certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and contributes regularly to the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and other publications in her field. The Commission extends the warmest wishes to Dr. Christopher and congratulates her on the exhibit.

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    Egypt Fulbright Photography Exhibit, 3/10/2014

    Dr. Mary M. Christopher, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis, and an AY 2010-2011 Fulbright Alumna, is displaying a photography exhibit at the University of California - Davis in January- June 2014. The exhibit portrays the unique beauty and chaos of Egypt in a remarkable photo-journey that weaves a story of Egypt’s animals, veterinary medicine and people with ancient and modern Egyptian culture, politics and religion — amid the turmoil, uncertainty, and hope of the 2011 revolution. During her Fulbright grant, Dr. Christopher lectured at Alexandria University - Damanhour.  She holds a DVM degree from Iowa State University (1988) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1988), and has been a member of the UC - Davis faculty since 1994.  She is certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and contributes regularly to the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and other publications in her field. The Commission extends the warmest wishes to Dr. Christopher and congratulates her on the exhibit.

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    Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes”, 12/24/2013

    On November 6, the Commission’s Alumni Humanities Circle conducted a seminar on: Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes. Both speakers of the seminar, Dr. Ibrahim El Hudhud, Vice President, Al Azhar University and Dr. Luka Basilious, Vice Dean, Care and Education Institute, addressed the academic study of religion in Egypt as manifested in its theories and teaching approaches. They also considered how these theories and approaches relate to the political and cultural strategies following the enhanced presence of religion in the Egyptian community scene post January 25 revolution and its role in affecting the society’s identity and culture. Several distinguished alumni contributed to the organization of the seminar hosted at the Villa, including, Dr. Osama Madani (Study of U.S. Institute 2001), the Circle’s Leader, Dr. Mayy el Hayyawi (Stanford University  2010-2011) and Dr. Shaza Gamal (Randolph Malon College 2012-2013). Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the academic community.

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    Science Circle Convenes 3rd Seminar, “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges: Young Innovators in Energy”, 6/13/2013

    The Commission’s Science Circle conducted the third of its seminars on “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges” focusing on “Young Innovators in Energy.”  Co-hosted by the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo University, the seminar continued an initiative that begun in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications. The seminar aims to introduce a new “energy consciousness” culture to Egypt’s young future leaders and their communities. Students from Cairo and Helwan Universities and The American University in Egypt presented their projects that promote and utilize green, sustainable and high performance designs that protect available energy resources.  Approximately sixty faculty members and students joined the Fulbright Science Circle to address one of the most critical challenges of Egypt namely Energy.  The following Fulbright Alumnus formed a review panel for the student’s presentations:

    ·         Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Cairo University

    ·         Dr. Hani Moubasher (University of California - Davis 2001-2002), Professor of Biotechnology - Cairo University 

    ·         Dr. Mahmoud Hammam (University of Pennsylvania (1985-1986), Professor of Physics of Helwan University and current Leader of the Science Circle

    They were joined by a cooperating businessman, Eng. Amr Mohsen, Chairman and CEO of Lotus Solar Technologies, who represented the industrial and business community. Through these and other activities, the Commission’s Science Circle brings together Egyptian science and industry in addition to utilizing gained knowledge and expertise to educate younger generations.

     

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    Egyptian and American Alumni Visit 57357 Hospital for Children with Cancer, 7/24/2013

    On June 24 the Commission’s Alumni Office in collaboration with Egyptian and American Alumni arranged a visit to the 57357 Hospital for Children with Cancer as part of the newly initiated alumni social/ community service program. During her Fulbright grant in AY 2012-2013, Shawn Lent was affiliated with the Egyptian Academy of Arts’ High Institute of Ballet and volunteered at the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt as a dance teaching artist. At the Annual Alumni Reunion last March, Shawn shared her volunteering experience with the alumni and guests. Her impressive and unique work at the hospital encouraged the Commission’s alumni circles to arrange a one day visit and program at the hospital. The half day program for the nearly 200 kids who attended included: a puppet show, storytelling by alumni and a dancing exercise by Shawn for the kids.  The program ended with the distribution of donations of chocolate made by Nestle, juice made by Faragallah and children books made by Nahdet Masr Publishing House as well as books donated by the American Embassy in Cairo. These donations were facilitated by Dr. Lobna Reda, HHH alumna and leader of the HHH Alumni Forum. Through activities like this the Commission helps its alumni to extend more knowledge bridges with the community so that in Shawn words “hopefully new friends and sparks of partnership were made. Today was about the Aragoz, stories, dancing, best practices in medicine, and chocolate. Today the cancer did not win.”  As a follow up to the day’s activity, our Fulbright alumni’s future plan is to assist the hospital staff with their diverse expertise and knowledge to enhance their scientific and educational skills. 

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    Teachers’ Circle Conducts Workshop, “Teaching Authentic Materials in ESL Classes”, 7/14/2013

    On May 9th the Commission’s Teachers’ Circle alumni conducted a workshop on “Teaching Authentic Materials in ESL Classes.”  Twelve alumni of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program participated in the event, which was hosted at the Commission premises.  Dr. Mayy el Hayawi (Stanford University  2010-2011),  Assistant Professor, Alsun Faculty, Ain Shams University and Leader of the Humanities Circle gave the workshop.  The workshop included the screening of a documentary  describing a teacher’s experience in using authentic material such as card letters and pictures in the classroom, which was followed by a discussion on the challenges encountered by the teacher when using this approach with the students. In addition, it included an interactive session where the participants used authentic materials to design an educational classroom exercise.  Several alumni of the Teachers’ Circle contributed to the organization of the workshop, including, Ms. Amira Hegazy  (Vassar College 2010-2011), Ms. Fatma El Zahra’a (Colorado State University 2010-2011) and the Circle’s Leader, Ms. Sahar Ramadan ( University of California  2008-2009).  The workshop was the second in a series of events designed to enlighten the classroom discussion and to enhance the exchange of knowledge between the Commission’s Humanities Circle and Teachers’ Circle.

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    Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Alumni Forum Conducts its Seminar, “Religion and State in Contemporary Egypt”, 7/14/2013

    On May 20, the Commission’s HHH Alumni Forum conducted a seminar on “Religion and State in Contemporary Egypt” at the Commission premises, the Villa.   Nearly forty alumni and in country American Fulbrighters  participated in the seminar. Speakers included  prominent figures like Mr. Ibrahim El-Houdaiby, Senior Political Researcher, House of Wisdom Institution who provided the needed historical overview in his talk, “ Shariah and the Modern State:  From Institution to Constitution”  followed by Dr. Amr Hamzawy, Professor of Political Science, AUC  addressing  “The Dangers of Un-governability in Egypt.”  HHH alumnus and Judge  at Giza Court, Yussef Auf  (American University 2011-2012) provided his practical perspective about “Islamic Shariah and the Egyptian Legal System.”  Ms. Michelle Ligouri, AY 2012 – 2013 American grantee moderated the discussion.  Distinguished  HHH alumna and Leader of the HHH Alumni Forum, Dr. Lobna Reda contributed to the organization of the seminar with Ms. Safaa Abbadi, Manager of Alumni Affairs of the Commission.  Through these types of activities, the Commission shares the expertise of its alumni with academia and the society and brings together its Egyptian alumni with in-country American grantees.

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    Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum Conducts Seminar, “Possible Reform Paths for Egypt Current Challenges”, 5/30/2013

    On March 27 the Commission’s Hubert Humphrey Alumni forum conducted a

    seminar on “Possible Reform Paths for Egypt

    Current Challenges.”  Convened in cooperation with the Sadat Academy for Management Sciences, the seminar addressed the

    different alternatives for resolving the economic challenges, administrative restructuring of institutions and political stability and

    investment environment in Egypt. Approximately, one hundred participants joined the event representing faculty members,

    graduate students, journalists, alumni, representatives from ministries and in-country American grantees.  Speakers of the first

    session included, Dr. Hani Sarie Eldin, (International law institute Washington D.C.  2000-2001),  Head of the Commercial

    and Maritime Law Department, Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in addition to  Dr. Omnia Helmy, Executive Director,

    Egyptian Center for Economic Studies and Mr. Mohamed Al Bahey, Chairman of Lana Cosmetics and Vice President of

    Medical Chamber.  Prominent alumnus, Dr. Gouda Abdel Khalek, (John Hopkins University  1988-1989 and University of

    Southern California  2002-2003), Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Political Science, Cairo University and

    former Minister of Solidarity and Social Justice post January 25 Revolution,  rounded up the session with his valuable comments

    covering both the academic and professional dimensions of the topic.  The session was moderated by Dr. Ihab El Dessouki,

    Director, Consultancy, Research and Development Center, Sadat Academy for Management Sciences. Speakers of the second

    session included well known figure, Dr. Amr El Shoubky,  Consultant, Al Ahram Center for Political Studies and Former

    member of the last People’s Assembly and Fulbright  HHH alumna, Dr. Lobna Reda, Leader of the HHH Alumni Forum and

    Management Consultant  Dr. Mostafa Kamel el Sayed, Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Political

    Science, Cairo University, who served as the commentator of the session and Dr. Naglaa El Dessouky, Vice Director,

    Consultancy, Research and Development Center, Sadat Academy for Management Sciences. Through activities of the

    Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the community.

     

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    American Fulbrighters Retreat to Ain ElSukhna, 5/23/2013

    On May 9-11 the Commission hosted its annual year-end Retreat for U.S. Fulbrighters.  Convened in Ain ElSukhna, the retreat heard American Fulbrighters’ presentations on sharing their experiences. It was a great opportunity as well for the Fulbrighters to have round- table discussions, on themes of interest, facilitated by Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.” I really enjoyed the round table discussion and thought they were very proactive,” said one Fulbrighter. “…Most interesting was “Sharing the Experience” and spending time with the peer group,” noted a second. “I enjoyed learning about the other experiences of the Fulbrighters ...,” a third one added. “I really enjoyed the entire concept of this trip; the retreat format was much preferable to a conference,” commented a fourth. A highlight of the weekend was a visit to Saint Anthony’s Monastery.  “The monastery visit was amazing!” others remarked.  The retreat featured as well a re-entry workshop:“ Bringing the Story Home”- by George Marquis, Acting Chair, Department of Rhetoric and Composition, American University in Cairo- on which one Fulbrighter commented: “It was all interesting especially the round table discussions and George Marquis’ presentation/activity”. Our thanks to all participants for helping to bring the Culture Education program for AY2012-2013 to a fruitful conclusion.

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    U.S. Fulbright Specialist Conducts Seminars at American University in Cairo, 5/22/2013

    An Artist Researcher, who explores the interfaces between culture, memory, phenomenology, social mind and Post-Fordist economic structures, has conducted a series of seminars for Graduate and Undergraduate Arts Students, Department of Fine Arts, American University in Cairo on his artworks on two levels: as art objects displayed and exhibited as well as teaching devices.  He is Dr. Warren Neidich, who lectured at many American universities such as Harvard University, Duke University and University of California. Dr. Neidich visited the American University in Cairo under the auspices of the Commission’s Fulbright Specialist Program, which provides short-term opportunities for Egyptian institutions and American scholars to increase collaboration between the United States and Egypt.  The Commission is grateful for Dr. Warren Neidich’s collaboration.

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    Fulbrighters Enjoy Seminar on, 5/15/2013

    On April 18th American Fulbrighters and some Egyptian Alumni gathered at the Villa for a seminar on "Egypt in Transition”. The seminar featured Dr. Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. His talk was very well received.  “Excellent insight,” said one Fulbrighter. “Thank you so much Dr. Ezzedine….. It was a great talk,” said a second. “Excellent selection of speaker; I would encourage Fulbright to organize more such lectures as well as seminars and debates among different political groups” requested a third.  The seminar was arranged by the Commission’s Cultural and Educational Program, which sponsors site visits, seminars, and other activities to help its American grantees understand Egypt and its culture.  The Commission is grateful to Dr. Ezzedine.

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    U.S. IIE Graduate Fellow Conducts Research in Cairo, 4/24/2013

    Patricia Kubala

    Ms. Patricia Kubala, an American Institute of International Education Graduate Fellow, is conducting research on “Islamic Drama in Egypt from the Nahda to the Satellite Era: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Religious Reform”. Ms. Kubala is a doctoral student at University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from Columbia University in 2000 with a B.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies. In 2006 she took her M.A. degree in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. The Commission extends a warm welcome to Patricia!

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    Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion, 4/22/2013

    On March 14, the Commission’s Board of Directors and staff hosted a reception in honor of  Egyptian alumni and American Fulbrighters.  The event provided the perfect opportunity to introduce new alumni to Egypt’s Fulbright community.  Enhancing communication among Fulbrighters – Americans and Egyptians, alumni and grantees – is  among the Commission’s constant objectives.  In  her welcoming remarks, the Executive Director, Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, introduced new alumni to the Commission’s alumni circles in arts, education, humanities, and sciences in addition to the recently formed HHH Alumni Forum for professionals.   In addition, Ms. Khalifa announced three initiatives of the Commission’s Alumni Office and they are: a. Twinning Humanities circle with Fulbright  Alumni in Morocco

    b.   New exchange opportunities  with  Northern  Michigan University for alumni in cultural studies and c. Fulbright Ambassador Recognition Award. The Commission is grateful to the many Fulbrighters who attended the reception and for its active alumni circles for enhancing the exchange of knowledge aspect of the program in Egypt.

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    U.S. Fulbrighter Conducts Research at Al Azhar University, 4/7/2013

    An American Fulbrighter has begun research on “Agricultural Science, Colonial Modernity, and Rural Egypt, 1882-1922” while affiliated with Al Azhar University.  He is Mr. Evan Murphy, a doctoral student at University of Illinois.  Mr. Murphy graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 with a degree in History and Political Science. In 2009 he took his M.A. degree from University of Arizona. While in Cairo he will pursue his research while affiliated with Al Azhar University.  The Commission extends a warm welcome to Evan!

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    Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Revolutionary Nation and Bewildered Media”, 4/1/2013

    On February 25, the Commission’s Humanities Circle in collaboration with the Faculty of Alsun, Ain Shams University conducted a seminar, “Revolutionary Nation and Bewildered Media.” More than 100 faculty and students participated in the seminar. The first session featured presentations by Dr. Hassan Salama, Chief editor at Nile News Channel and Ms. Reem Nour, Reporter, Nile English News TV to compare and provide their different roles and the job challenges in relaying reality to their audiences. The second session featured presentations by Mr. Yehia Mumtaz, Director, Mehwar Satellite Channel who explained the risks and challenges facing public and private media before and during the revolution, and by the administrative team of the Facebook page "Asahby" specialized in providing a comic coverage of the revolution events. Alumni Dr. Mounira Soliman (New York University 2004-2005) and  Dr. Sonia Farid (University of California - Santa Cruz 2006-2007) moderated the two sessions. The seminar ended with a play performed by the Faculty of Alsun students entitled: “A Journey Amid the Event.”  The Commission thanks our alumni at the Faculty of Alsun, Dr. Laila Galal Rizk (AY1995-1996 – Columbia University), Vice Dean for Community Service and Environment Development, and Dr. Mayy el Hayyawi (Stanford University  2010-2011), current Leader of  the Humanities Circle, for their leadership in planning and organizing the event. Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the academic community.

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