Don’t miss Simona Bordone’s online talk on the Italian Design Day 2021

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 6 Jul 2021

Simona Bordone
Simona Bordone

American University in Cairo

Thurs 8, 4.30pm-6.30pm (GMT+2): “How to Access a New Career”, an online lecture with Mona Mourshed, organized by the School of Continuing Education. Mourshed was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, sits on the boards of New America and Teach for All, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Mourshed is the founding CEO of Generation. Generation trains and places youth and mid-career learners in jobs that would otherwise be beyond their reach. After six years of operation, it is live in fourteen countries with 43,000+ graduates across 30 professions. She previously founded and led McKinsey and Company’s global education practice, and she led McKinsey’s global social responsibility function. The lecture will be live on the SCE Facebook page

Tues 13, 11am-12pm (GMT+2): Join this session of the Gerhart Centre Webinar Series featuring Guillaume Lafortune, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Paris). The webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all UN member states in 2015 and how the SDGs can be used to support a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient recovery from the pandemic. It will also emphasize the role of international financing mechanisms and why a strong multilateral system is needed to support the Decade of Action for the SDGs launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2019. The webinar will build on the findings of the 2021 Sustainable Development Report and insights from the Lancet Commission on COVID-19. Lafortune joined the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in 2017 to coordinate the production of the Sustainable Development Report and other projects on SDG data and statistics. The link is




French Cultural Institute

The Institute has launched its new website at the beginning of 2021. You can visit it through this link:

The new website is carefully designed to meet your requirements and facilitate access to information. It is also fast, easy to use, and offers a variety of content and new ways to communicate with the institute. With one click, you can view the spaces devoted to French language courses, Arabic language courses, various events in all branches (exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events). In addition to contacting the institute directly by sending your messages to any of its sectors through its website. If you have difficulty completing the French language courses at the headquarters of the French Institute in Egypt in Mounira, Heliopolis, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed and Alexandria, you can continue them online. It takes the health of its customers very seriously and has implemented strict health measures to provide you with the best possible educational conditions. Wearing a mask is mandatory for all and physical spacing is respected in the classroom and in the building.

For more information flock to the institute’s website[email protected]
You can choose the branch you prefer and see the French language courses for adults and children that are appropriate for you and register there. You can also call the institute at the following numbers: 01205558639/01227484951/
01222196984, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


French Cultural Institute

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

Media Library

Fri 9, 10am and Fri 16,11am: “Story Time”, every Friday morning, the Mounira media library invites its young audience to start the day with Story Time with stories read aloud. Salma Mohsein will introduce children to stories that will take them to new horizons, where words have a magical power. Mohsein is a teacher, translator and non-professional actress. She leads theatre workshops in French for children and adolescents.

Fri 9, 11-12: Scientific workshop for children from 6 years old by Taïna Cluzeau, light a candle without touching it, bend the metal effortlessly, levitate tea… So many impressive magic tricks. Cluzeau will transform children into apprentice magicians but above all they will discover together the scientific side of magic tricks.



Italian Cultural Institute 

Registration for August 2021 online conversation courses is open. The course will last 18 hours and will be carried out through Zoom connection with native teachers. Duration: from 8 to 31 August, 2021 - Schedule: 3 times a week (Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday/Monday/Wednesday, from 5 to 7pm or from 7 to 11pm). Register not later than 10 July, for further information please write to [email protected]

Sun 11, 5pm – Online: The monthly appointment with the reading club in Italian resumes with the most interesting writers of Italian literature, we will begin with Vita dei Campi (1880) by Giovanni Verga, the author whose centenary of his death will be commemorated in 2022. 


Mon 12, 5pm – Online: To celebrate the Italian Design Day 2021 - Prof. Simona Bordone, Ambassador of Design, will hold a conversation around the title “Quality Design is Sustainable”. The theme of this year’s event, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the ICE Agency, is “Project and matter: new challenges for the sustainable restart of Made in Italy”. Design is sustainable when it respects not only the resources but also the work and intelligence of those who made any product. Sustainability means quality and durability - therefore planned obsolescence must be abolished - but also the possibility of disposal and reuse of materials. Since 2004, Bordone is professor of History of Design at IED Milano. From 2008 to 2017 she was responsible for the contents of the website; since 2018 she has been managing special projects for Domus. Since 2011 she has been President of the Wurmkos non-profit foundation, supporting artists with and without psychic discomfort.

Italy has been celebrating the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri. Also, the Italian Institute continues to post videos in Arabic with translations from Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy to bring the Arab-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. Videos are directed by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Ashraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddin, Sherine Hegazy, and Sara El-Mokadem.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 8 July, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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