​AUC’s “Ambassadors’ Dialogue” discussion event features ambassadors of Czech and Japan

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 13 Feb 2024

Ivan Jukl and Oka Hiroshi
Ivan Jukl and Oka Hiroshi


American University in Cairo 

New Cairo Campus

Tim Sullivan Lounge 

Thurs 15, 1-2pm: “The Free Speech Exception to Palestine” do not miss this fruitful discussion with Professor Steven Salaita as he discusses the repression of pro-Palestine speech and action throughout the West and beyond. Join this intriguing public discussion over light snacks. Salaita is a professor of English at the English and Comparative Literature Dept. at the School of Humanities and is the author of eight books. He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma, USA. 

Sun 18, 1-2pm: “The Performer, the Conductor, the Composer and the Interpretation of Music” lecture by John Baboukis, Professor in the Department of the Arts, who will answer questions such as What is a performance, interpretation and composition, and what are the boundaries between them? What is a conductor, what does he do and why is he necessary? As a conductor, performer and composer, he will talk about these fundamental aspects of making music, and look at how two of his most recent compositions use classical, modern and Arab musical structures.
Wed 21, 1-2pm: “Ambassadors’ Dialogue” event is a unique cultural journey with Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Egypt Ivan Jukl and Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Oka Hiroshi for an enriching dialogue and discussion event offering a rare opportunity to engage with distinguished ambassadors representing two rich and diverse cultures.

Mohamed Shafik Gabr Lecture Hall

Thurs 15, 1-2.30pm: Join us for an intriguing discussion featuring Open Gaza: Architectures of Hope, a published book by AUC Press in 2021. This book is considered a response by a collective of architects, designers and academics to the Israeli onslaught of Gaza in 2014. The lecture will feature contributors to the book: Dr. Nasser Golzari, Dr. Deen Sharp, Dr. Yara Sharif, who sought to emphasize the agency of Palestinian Gazans and the ingenuity, love and possibility that existed and continues to exist in the Gaza Strip.  



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Hill House, AUC Tahrir Square
Sun 18, 6.30pm-8pm: “Gaza and the Future of the Middle East” talk is organised as part of GAPP Tahrir Dialogue Series of Lectures.  Since the conflict erupted in Gaza, everyone has expressed shock at the levels of atrocity and deep apprehension at the prospect of the conflict spreading beyond Gaza. Today, we see the conflict has spread to the Red Sea, South Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and there is increasing fear of increased tension in Jordan and Egypt. Can we stop this deterioration? How? Is there any role for diplomacy, or is militarization of the context unstoppable? Is there a chance for a just and enduring endgame? The talk features Nabil Fahmy, Founding Dean of the AUC’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Distinguished University Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, Marwan Muasher, who served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications, most recently, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010, together with Lebanese diplomat, academic, professor and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon Nassif Hitti

* A version of this article appears in print in the 15 February, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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