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  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation”
  • Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint graduation ceremony
  • Commission Reaches Out to Qena University
  • Commission Bids Farewell to Liz Khalifa and Welcomes Maggie Nassif
  • Commission’s Alumni Office conducts the first gathering in our series titled: “The World Through the Eyes of Fulbrighters”
  • Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion
  • Science Circle Convenes one day conference, “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering”
  • Humanities Circle Conducts a Seminar, “Civic Education and Civic Engagement”
  • Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum (EHAF) Conducts its Launch Conference, “Together for a New Egypt: Challenges of Transition”
  • Egypt Fulbright Photography Exhibit
  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes”



  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation”, 11/17/2014

    On November 5, the Commission’s circle of humanities alumni conducted a seminar on “To  Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation” being  one of the most widely read, bestselling and influential books in American literature. It was published in 1960 and many  years after its publication, the novel still draws almost a million readers annually as it  focuses on issues related to  human dignity and respect for ‘the Other’ that remain fundamental and universal. Dr. Dalia El Shayal (Harvard University  2001-2002), Associate Professor, English Department Faculty of Arts, Cairo University spoke about the translation challenges she faced in choosing the proper language, sentence structure and idiomatic expressions in addition to all the cultural references  that needed to be smoothly transformed from the American to the Arabic culture. Around forty Faculty members, undergraduate  and graduate students participated in the event hosted on the Commission’s premises.  The event was organized by the Humanities Circle lead by Dr. Ghada Abldel Hafeez (Ohio University 1991-1992), Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University.  Our gratitude and congratulations to Dalia El Shayal!


    Dr. Dalia (left) and Dr. Ghada (right)
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    Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint graduation ceremony, 11/9/2014
    Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint BA in Business Administration 2013 graduation ceremony
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    Commission Reaches Out to Qena University, 11/5/2014

    BFCE staff ( Dina Gafar, Nevine Gad El Mawla and Maggie Nassif) attend 1st Employment Fair at Qena University's Career Development Center(CDC).

    The team hosted two info sessions, a booth and met with Dr. Abbas Mansour, the University President, Dr. Mohamed Omran, the Director of CDC, and Fulbright alumni. The team also had a chance to discuss avenues for collaboration with the Governor, Mr. Abdelhamid Elhagan to offer professional development opportunities to key community members.

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    Commission Bids Farewell to Liz Khalifa and Welcomes Maggie Nassif, 10/30/2014

    With a lunch on the rooftop of the Commission, the Commission bid farewell to its Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, following two years of service on exchange programs between Egypt and the United States.  Gathered to honor Liz were members of the Board of Directors, and staff in appreciation of their work together. Ms. Khalifa has devoted her career to international education serving as Country Director at AMIDEAST Cairo and the Institute of International Education since 1994.  She had been a member of the Fulbright Commission’s board of directors starting in 2006. Liz Khalifa will remain a friend of the Commission and a key figure in the international education community in Cairo.

     

    The Commission welcomes Dr. Maggie Nassif as its new Executive Director. Dr Nassif has a PhD in Post-Colonial Theory, and a Masters in Comparative Literature. She has graduate diplomas in Translation and Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language Teaching. In addition, Maggie Nassif has studied Business at the Wharton School of Business and ASU where she completed her MBA in 2005. She has taught Literature, Women's Studies, Writing, Translation, ESL and Business Culture. She has also held several executive positions as ESL Coordinator at the State University of New York, and Director of the Arabic Summer MBA Program for The Wharton School of Business/Lauder Institute. Dr. Nassif relocated to Cairo from Utah where she was the Administrative Director of the National Middle East Language Resource Center at BYU. Maggie's main research interest is in cultural studies: women's issues, feminist literature, material culture, pop culture, and business culture in the Middle East. She was recently involved in research on vocational training and job preparedness in global markets for students in the 21st century and the implementation of a student internship program.

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    Commission’s Alumni Office conducts the first gathering in our series titled: “The World Through the Eyes of Fulbrighters”, 10/21/2014

    On Thursday, September 10, the Commission’s Alumni Office launched a new initiative titled:  “The World through the Eyes of Fulbrighers.”

    This initiative, through a series of events hosted at the Commission’s premises, aims to bring together alumni from our six alumni circles in a relaxed social setting to share their experiences and views about their  travels across the world.  Dr. Mahmoud Fouad, Leader of the Science Circle (University of California-Berkeley  1986- 1987), a Cairo University Professor of mechanical  engineering, shared highlights from his travels to the U.S., Germany, Turkey and China offering possible solutions to Egypt’s contemporary energy challenges that would help in “Contributing to Egypt’s Development.” Dr. Ghada Abdel Hafeez, Leader of the Humanities Circle (University of Ohio – 1992), Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University, shared knowledge that she gained about civic education during her recent visit to Syracuse University in the U.S. focusing on how faculty can incorporate civic education in to their curricula for “Engaging Students for Change.”  These presentations were followed by a performance by Mr. Khaled Saleh (Indiana University  2009-2010) and his quartet accompanied by a classical guitarist as well as a networking reception.  Members of the alumni circles took the opportunity to bid farewell to Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director, and wish her luck in her future plans. Dr. Nagwa Nawar, Alumna of the Science Circle, (Snow College  2013-2014 & Texas A & M University  1995-1996) said ….when we come to the Commission, we feel relaxed and joyful…it is like ‘home’….thanks to Liz, all staff members and previous executive directors too, Ann Radwan and Bruce Lohof."

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    Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion, 6/17/2014

    On April 3, the Commission’s Board of Directors and staff hosted a reception in honor of its recent program alumni. This year’s reunion titled, “Knowledge has No Borders” featured two speakers who visited Cairo to attend the Alumni Event and dialogue with our alumni on future collaborations:

    ·         Prof. Dr. Michael Broadway, Dean of Arts and Science , Northern Michigan University, with whom the Commission’s alumni office established an initiative to host one Egyptian alumna\us for a one semester teaching grant at Northern Michigan University, and

    ·         Professor Emeritus Hassan Mekouar, Former Dean, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco, President of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange and Founding President of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, with whom the Commission’s alumni office is working to establish a twinning initiative between alumni in Egypt and Morocco to be launched through a conference in October 2014.

    In addition, the leaders of our various alumni circles presented the highlights of their activities over the past year and the new circle leaders were announced. Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Commission’s Executive Director, distributed certificates issued by the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships to Egyptian alumni who recently completed their grant program in the U.S. The event provided the perfect opportunity to introduce our new alumni to Egypt’s Fulbright community.

     

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    Science Circle Convenes one day conference, “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering”, 6/4/2014

    On April 17, the Commission’s Science Circle conducted a one day conference titled “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering.”  The  conference aimed to foster and support an entrepreneur culture within the Egyptian young researcher and student communities.  Co-hosted by the National Research Center in Egypt (NRC), the conference marks the 4th event of the Science Circle initiative that began in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications titled “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges.”  In a highly positive and competitive atmosphere,  Fifteen young research teams  of innovators/entrepreneurs from the NRC, Cairo University, Helwan University and the American University in Cairo gave their presentations. The teams presented new research ideas that can be transformed into relevant technologies.  The speakers at the opening session for this one-day event included Dr. Tarek Khalil, Nile University President and Ms. Sally Metwally, Acting Director of the Scientific Research and Innovation Program.  Approximately seventy faculty members, researchers and students joined the Fulbright Science Circle to address one of the most critical challenges of Egypt namely transforming innovative research ideas into successful enterprises and educating young scientists on how to present their ideas.  The following Fulbright Alumni formed a review panel for the students’ presentations:

    • Dr. Abdel Fattah Badr (Colorado State University 2011-2012) Professor of Genetics - Helwan University
    • Dr. Bahaa Shawki, Professor of Microbial Chemistry   (Texas A & M University  1992-1993) – National Research Center in Egypt
    • Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Cairo University and Leader of the Science Circle for the current term
    • Dr. Mahmoud Hammam (University of Pennsylvania  1985-1986), Professor of Physics - Helwan University
    • Dr. Hani Moubasher (University of California - Davis  2001-2002), Professor of Biotechnology - Cairo University 

    They were joined by Dr. Hala El-Kady, Dr. Fatma Shaba’an and Dr. Samia Boseila of the Conference Unit at NRC.  The Commission is thankful to Dr. Ekram Fateen, Acting President of NRC for hosting and collaborating with its Science Circle on such an important educational initiative. The Commission was represented by Dr. Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University and a board member of the Commission, Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director of the Commission and Ms. Safaa Abbadi,  Commission’s Manager for Alumni Affairs.  Through these and other activities, the Commission’s Science Circle tries to bring Egyptian science to the level of better utilization of gained knowledge and expertise to educate younger generations.

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    Humanities Circle Conducts a Seminar, “Civic Education and Civic Engagement”, 5/26/2014

    On March 22, the Commission’s Humanities Circle in collaboration with Pharos University in Alexandria, conducted a seminar titled “Civic Education and Civic Engagement” where more than 100 faculty and students participated. The seminar included two sessions:  the first session featured presentations  that addressed the concept of civic education, its definition, inception, and various manifestations in school and university curricula and the second session titled ‘Civic Engagement’ addressed the “Community Engagement through Art” and “Empowering of Women.”  Speakers included:

    ·         Dr. Ghada Abdel Hafeez, Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University who gave “An Introduction to Civic Education” tracing the definition of civic education from the Greeks to the present day and highlighting the concept’s universality in engaging society and the larger community.

    ·       Dr. Aleya Abdel Salam, Acting Chair of the English Department, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University,  talked on “Promoting Civic Education through University Curricula”  and focused on the promotion of civic education in the university classroom

    ·      Dr. Heba Sharobeem, Professor of English Literature, English Department, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University spoke about “Empowering Teachers to Circumvent Curricula and Enhance Civic Education at Schools” stressing the need to engage society in multiple roles and activities, but not at the expense of retaining and developing students’ individuality

    ·      Alexandrian artists, Mr. Ahmed Abul Nasr and Ms. Marianne Fahmy, spoke about their involvement in artistic projects to enhance the community involvement through art.

    ·      Ms. Khadiga Khashana, Former Director and Founder of Women’s Development Department, Alexandria Regional Center for Women’s Health and Development spoke about the Center’s efforts in empowering women in Alexandria

     

    The seminar is part of a two-day visit to Pharos University in Alexandria.  The second day of the visit included soft skills sessions to faculty and students. Several distinguished alumni and valuable members of the Humanities Circle contributed to the organization of the seminar, including Dr. Osama Madani (Study of U.S. Institute 2001), Chairman of the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Menoufia University, Dr. Heba Sharobeem, Professor of English Literature, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University and Dr. Mayy el Hayyawi (Stanford University  2010-2011), Assistant Professor, Faculty of Alsun, Ain Shams University and current Leader of  the Humanities Circle.   The Commission is thankful to Dr. Magda el Massik, Vice President for International Affairs, Pharos University for hosting the event and students from Alexandria University. Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the academic community.

     

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    Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum (EHAF) Conducts its Launch Conference, “Together for a New Egypt: Challenges of Transition”, 5/12/2014

    On February 7-8,the Commission’s  Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum conducted its launch conference titled “Together for a New Egypt:  Challenges of Transition.”  In the wake of a slow recovering economy and a country struggling through numerous challenges post its two revolutions, almost 60 participants convened to analyze current challenges confronting the country and debate solutions to propel it into a brighter future. Under the auspices of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, a group of nationally renowned experts, each a leading authority in her/his field addressed an audience of Humphrey alumni and Fulbright scholars who are keen to play a positive role in the development of their country.  The two day conference included two keynote speeches and six panel discussions. The first day proceeded as follows:

     

    ·         Keynote speech titled Egypt’s Political Challenges and the Way Forward was given by Prof. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University.  Dr. Lobna Reda, Humphrey Fellow 1987-1988, Leader, Egyptian Humphrey Alumni Forum gave an introduction to the speech.

    ·         Panel one addressed the “Economic Challenges, the Private Sector and the Way Forward.”  Panelists  included:  Mr. Tom Thomason, Chief Executive Officer, Egyptian Refining Company and Acting Chair, Board of Directors, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt and Dr, Omneia Helmy, Acting Executive Director and Director of Research, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.  This panel was chaired by Safaa Abbadi, Manager for Alumni Affairs, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.

    ·         Panel two addressed the “Rule of Law, Constitutional Challenges and the Way Forward.” Panelists included:  Dr. Ibrahim Omar El Ghazawi, Humphrey Fellow 2009-2010, Lecturer of Human Rights and Security Sector Reforms.  Dr. Tamer Raymon, Humphrey Fellow 2002-2003, Counselor in the Supreme Constitutional Court  chaired the panel.

    ·         Panel three addressed the “Health Challenges and the Way Forward.”  Panelists included:  Dr. Madiha Khattab, Professor of Internal Medicine and Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and Dr. Azza Shehab (University of California 2001-2002), Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical School, Minia University.  Dr. Rania Hassanein, Humphrey Fellow 2009-2010, TerumoBCT, Therapeutic Systems Sales Support Consultant chaired the panel.

     

    A talk about “The Tunisian Experience:  The Role of Civil Society” by Mr. Firas Chaieb, Guest Humphrey Fellow 1995-1996 from Tunisia, Senior Consulting Engineer, Energy Efficiency,  was a strong closing note for the first day underlining the essential role of the civil society in facing the communities’ challenges.

     

    The second day of the conference proceeded as follows:

     

    ·         Keynote speech titled “Educational Challenges and the Way Forward” was given by Dr. Lisa Anderson,  President, The American University in Cairo.  Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director,  Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt gave an introduction to the speech.

    ·         Mr. Hafez Al Mirazi, Director, Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, The American University in Cairo and TV Anchor gave a talk  about “Media Challenges and the Way Forward.” Judge Yussef Auf, Humphrey  Fellow  2011-2012, Judge and Constitutional Law Researcher, gave an introduction to the talk.

    ·         Panel four addressed the “Egyptian National Identity, Ethical Challenges and the Way Forward.” Panelists included:  Dr. Galal Amin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, The American University in Cairo and Amb. Moushira Khatab, Member of the Egyptian Council of Foreign Affairs and Chair of its Women in Foreign Policy Group and former Minister of Family and Population.  Ms. Mona Taha, Humphrey Fellow 2011-2012, Senior Media and Communication Specialist, Alexandria Business Association chaired the panel.

     

    A mentoring initiative was introduced by the conferences organizing committee on the second day of the conference addressing the challenges of return.   The committee’s members were Dr. Lobna Reda (Tufts University 1987-1988), Leader of the Forum and Freelance Management and Leadership Consultant,  Dr. Ibrahim El Ghazawi ( Minnesota University 2009-2010), Lecturer of Human Rights, Judge Yusuf Auf (American University 2011-2012), Judge and Constitutional Law Researcher, Ms. Mona Taha (Arizona University 2011-2012), Senior Media and Communication Specialist, Alexandria Business Association and Ms. Rania Hassanein (Emory University 2009-2010), TerumoBCT, Therapeutic Systems Sales Support Consultant.  In addition, the conference brought together alumni from other circles to contribute to the conference such as Amira Hegazy, alumna of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program ( Vassar College  2010-2011) who designed all the EHAF conference material utilizing the Egyptian kayamaya designs.  “The World Café” was the closing note of the conference that brought the six themes presented during the conference on the discussion table again with the aim of formulating a vision for each set of challenges.

     

    Thanks to the efforts of the HHH alumni and Commission staff, symbolic thank you kayamaya gifts were presented to showcase this important and disappearing Egyptian handicraft.  The Commission’s Board of Directors is thankful to the EHAF of the Commission and Commission’s staff  for achieving a successful implementation of the EHAF launch conference with its ambitious and hopeful agenda trying to outline a path for moving forward towards ‘ a New Egypt.’ Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the community.

     

     

     


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    , 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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