Don’t miss the AUC’s online event with Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 4 Nov 2020

 Sigrid Kaag
Sigrid Kaag

The American University in Cairo

Thurs 5, 6pm- 7.30pm, Cairo Local Time (GMT + 2), 12-1.30pm, New York Time: “Multilateralism at a Crossroad: The UN at 75” is GAPP Tahrir Dialogue (90) special webinar hosted by founding Dean and former foreign minister of Egypt Nabil Fahmy. It features Fabrizio Hochschild, special advisor to the Secretary-General on the commemoration of the United Nation’s 75th anniversary and moderated by Professor of Practice in Global Affairs Ibrahim Awad
Click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 5555

Webinar ID: 882 9091 4726

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Thurs 5-Sat 7: “Beyond the App” virtual conference is held by the AUC, in cooperation with The Department of Literacy at State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland. 

The fully digital conference is intended to expand the digital tools teachers might use, to make the most effective use of online literacy instruction and go additional steps ‘Beyond the App’. As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, teachers have been required to move much more quickly than they had planned to enact effective literacy learning in digital environments. It will connect U.S. and Egyptian teachers of children particularly in grades 3 through 9 with literacy leaders around the globe. There will be more than 50 sessions for participants where they will hear from international experts from Egypt, the United States and Mauritius and engage them in discussion sharing their challenges and effective strategies.The organizers also will offer several sessions of the conference experience in Arabic as a service to the teachers in the national system in Egypt. 

The AUC President Francis Ricciardone will open the session on 7 November while President Erik Bitterbaum from the State University of New York, Cortland will open the conference on 5 November and the public will be invited to their remarks via live stream. They will also take questions on literacy and education from the participant audience. There will be more than dozen featured presenters, including Thomas Wolsey, dean of the Graduate School of Education, AUC; Nance Wilson, professor of literacy and Literacy Department chair, SUNY Cortland; Amy Tondreau, Austin Peay State University; Armen Kassabian, Greenwich High School; Danny Brassel, CalStateTEACH and AUC, Doug Fisher, San Diego State University; Emily Howell, Clemson University; Jill Castek of University of Arizona; Maha Bali, AUC and Yousra Abourehab, University of Arizona. 

For more details about the agenda of the event, speakers, and activities, please check the website of the event

Tues 10, 6pm -7pm (GMT+2), (online event): Nadia Younes Memorial lecture “COVID-19’s Impact in the Middle East: What Now and What's Next?” features Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag '85. Kaag previously worked in the United Nations and UNICEF, focusing on projects in the MENA region. 




7 Gamal El Din Abou Mahseen St, Garden City

Thurs 5, 7pm: A book signing ceremony of the second edition of German video-Journalist Kristin Jankowski’s first picture book for children My Little Cairo ABC. The book is illustrated by Ahmed Hossam, a freelance comic book artist, illustrator, graphic designer and writer. There will be an exhibition, and a beautiful puppet show by Ahmed Naiem


French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Wed 11, 7pm: Toned and illustrated reading of By Chance book containing drawings and poems in French and Arabic by the writer Ramon Badescu and the painter Benoit Guillaume on their trip to Tetouan city, northern Morocco, accompanied by music composed by Gilda Etfinar.

After they published The Story of Bus 83, which takes place in Marseille city, they will prepare a third book that seeks to know the different aspects of Egypt. 



Goethe Institute 

In Cairo, the library at Goethe-Institute, apart from providing books and facilities for language learning, is since its renovation in 2016 a third space, a place of encounter and exchange, events and general learning. This is why Goethe-Institute Cairo has decided to set up a maker-space in its library premises with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability supported by San3a Tech. Here, people are offered first practical insight into new technology and can express themselves in a creative way during workshops and other events while furthermore promoting the concepts of self-driven learning, social innovation and out of the box thinking – core skills both for people who aspire a certain professional career and for persons who want to promote change and development in their community. 

Planned are workshops on urban gardening, recycling and Virtual Reality, as well as activities on coding and 3D-printing.

As the Institute is still closed for public events, it will launch the new space with a series of online talks and discussions in Arabic with leading members in the field and with support of San3a tech starting 30 October.

San3a Tech has years of experience in the field of digital fabrication, making, and technology through various activities and initiatives with more than 25K beneficiaries a year. They are, among other achievements, founders of Fab Lab Egypt which is one of the first fablabs to join the global fab lab network since 2012. 

During the four events, topics with focus on different aspects of the maker-idea will be tackled: Starting with a dive into the history of the maker-movement and maker-spaces in libraries with Omar Essafty, participants will gain a broad insight in the idea of maker-spaces in general and profit from the speaker’s experience.

The three other topics will have more specialized content: 

They will learn on 6 November about different forms of sustainability with Shady Khalil, co-founder of Greenish, and Moushira Elamrawy, who will speak about a project linking wearable technologies and traditional handcraft. 

Participants will get to know the technologies and possible applications of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality on 20 November with Hisham Hosny and Mohamed Hamada, both experts on the field.

The soft launch series will end on 4 December with an online talk about the challenge of combatting misinformation in the virtual world and addresses the importance of digital literacy. Representatives of ADEF and Tactical Tech are invited.

The main language of the events will be (Egyptian) Arabic.

To assure safety of the participants and speakers, the soft opening of the maker-space will take place exclusively online, talks and discussions will be streamed on Facebook and will be available after the event on the pages of the two partners.

Stay tuned to not miss any of the events: follow Goethe-Institute Cairo and San3a Tech on Facebook!


*A version of this article appears in print in the 5 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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