The American University in Cairo
Wed 30, 7-8pm: “Corporate Activism: When Companies Take a Public Stand on Political Issues” webinar will discuss the fact that in the last few years, thousands of companies or their CEOs have taken a public stand on political issues such as immigration, or gun control, even where it was unrelated to their core business. They also raise new questions about the nature of democracy and the political role of companies and their executives. Should companies come out publicly on one side of a political issue, and if so, what should guide their behavior?. Speaker Andrew Crane is a professor of business and society and director of the Centre for Business at the Organizations and Society School of Management, University of Bath. The webinar is part of the John D. Gerhart Center’s webinar series: The Aftermath of COVID-19: The New Social Impact Ecosystem, with the aim of discussing concepts that are currently not mainstream and may, or perhaps should, become mainstream in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Institute in Cairo has modified its course programme to suit the current circumstances by offering its courses online in a way that has met with great success among students.
It offers various courses; a course in Spanish, a course in improving grammar, speaking, writing, so that learning Spanish is among the activities that students carry out in their homes to endure this period. For full information flock to https://elcairo.cervantes.es/eg/courses_spanish/july_december_general.htm
The Institute continues to encourage its students to read during this period of lockdown by providing links to many of the works included in the electronic library of Cervantes Institute’s branches.
Wed 30, 9pm: “Ancient Egypt and Children Literature”,
a talk with Mervat Abdel-Nasser in a live broadcast on Diwan’s Facebook page. Abdel-Nasser served as a clinical psychiatrist and university academic in England from 1977-2007 and has numerous publications in her field. She has a long-standing interest in Egyptology and has written on this subject several books in Arabic addressed to the young reader. In 2007, she returned to Egypt and established the project of New Hermopolis.
In the interest of the safety of students, our partners, workers and employees of the Goethe-Institute Cairo, and based on the outstanding success of the language courses and the various activities offered online, courses and cultural events will continue to be offered online until the end of the current year, and attendance during the coming months will be limited to holding postponed examinations and organising some training workshops for a limited number of trainees within the framework of our cultural and training projects, taking into account the highest levels of safety measures. This decision comes in implementation of the principle announced by the Goethe Institute at the beginning of the crisis, which is that preserving public health comes first.
In the second half of this September, the institute will start working on holding postponed exams, which students registered for before the Corona pandemic, and cannot be submitted online to ensure the level of quality, guided by the successful experience in organising exams for students of the preparatory year programme eligible for university study in Germany during the month of June, Which took into account all the personal protection and safety measures.
You can enjoy the institute’s home-learning offers on its official website. On Onleihe, you can find German films, music and books for free. All information is readily available on the Corona page. The Goethe Institute website is at
The Italian Cultural Institute
The Institute in Cairo offers daily multimedia content in several categories representative of the best of the Italian cultural industries, including literature, language, art, cinema, and archeology. To stay updated follow these digital contents and connect to the institute’s official Facebook page: Italian Cultural Institute and Archaeological Center and it’s other social channels: Instagram and Twitter.
As for the teaching of the Italian language, the Institute continues to provide its students at home with courses covering all levels of the language taught.
“Parla come mangi” (Speak as you Eat) is the first video series created by IIC Cairo and dedicated to students of the Italian language which was edited by the institute’s professors of the Italian language courses, which search and even display various expressions of the vernacular Italian language, which is often similar to the Egyptian one, in addition to gestures, sayings and lifestyles.
Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (The Culture Resource) invites you to attend the presentation and discussion sessions on the collaborative projects carried out by the participant organisations in the pilot edition of the Wasl (link) programme which aspires to empower the cultural sector in the Arab region and to build bonds between cultural organisations across this region. Sessions will be streamed live online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 to 24 September 2020 at 18:00 Beirut time, on Culture Resource’s YouTube channel. During the sessions, to be conducted in Arabic, you are welcomed to put questions to the participants in the comments section and they will discuss them after their presentations.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Sun 27, 7-9pm: An evening of poetry introduces poets Abdel-Shafy and Mohamed Almohamady.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 24 September, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly