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Outreach and Activities

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Outreach

An important component of C­ASAR’s activities is disseminating scholarly knowledge of American studies to the AUC community. CASAR reaches an ever-growing audience for Center-sponsored research through its lecture series, conferences, and sponsored trips. Outreach activities within the AUC community and larger Egyptian society are a vital part of achieving CASAR's mission of enhancing mutual understanding between the MENA region and the United States. In the past, CASAR students have traveled to the United States on center-sponsored visits.

Below is the list of lectures per semester with their full written reports.

To watch the lectures, visit our CASAR YouTube page. 

  • Online webinar-March 16, 2021: featuring  guest speaker Dr. Jon Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) ,  Ambassador Karim Haggag Professor of Practice at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo and  Dr. Mohamed Kamal Professor of Political Science at Cairo University and the American University in Cairo, and Director of the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, titled: " The Future of U.S.-Egypt Relations” . This event featured many debates from the panelists.

  • Given the ongoing impacts of the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, CASAR’s lecture series were resumed online in the form of public webinars:

    • Online webinar-October 27, 2020: Featuring guest speaker Dr. James Thurber, Distinguished Professor of Government, The American University in Washington D.C. titled: "The 2020 U.S. Elections”. This timely event was organized prior to the U.S. elections of 2020. 

     

    • Online webinar-November 17, 2020: Featuring guest speaker Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family fellow and  director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and Ms. Jasmine El-Gamal Senior Fellow Atlantic Council and former Middle East Advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, titled: " How will U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East change under President-elect Joe Biden?” The event discussed the many anticipated changed impacting the region under the new U.S. president Joe Biden compared to Donald Trump’s preceding policies. - 
    • CASAR in collaboration with The US Embassy  in Cairo hosted Dr. Joshua Eisenman on October 16, 2019 to give a lecture to Dr.Karim’s PPAD undergraduate class “Introduction to Diplomacy”  
      Dr. Eisenman is specialized in Chinese affairs and foreign policy and he will be talking about China’s trade, foreign direct investment strategies, and economic relationships in Africa. Joshua Eisenman is an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council.
       
    • AUC Community only lecture: Presidential collaboration hosting the controversial lecture titled: 'Off-the-record conversation on the US-Egyptian Relations' with Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer and Ambassador Frank Wisner - Moataz Alfi Hall– December 2, 2019 - AUC Community only discussion.
       
    • Closed roundtable discussion: Meeting with delegates from China Institute of International Studies (CIIS):
      On December 4 2019, CASAR hosted a delegation from the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), a foreign policy think tank based in Beijing. In the closed meeting, the participants discussed with regional experts as well as a selection of AUC professors issues regarding Egypt-China relations, Egypt-US relations in the areas of politics and security against the background of Sino-US strategic competition.
       
    • Closed roundtable discussion:  December 8 2019, CASAR hosted a closed roundtable discussion in honor of Dr.David Dumke from the University of Central Florida titled  “Turkey’s Shifting Foreign Policy: Regional Intervention and Great Power Alignments” which featured rich  discussions about Turkey’s political role in the region amidst the ongoing dynamic foreign policy changes in the Middle East
       
    • Closed Roundtable Discussion: A roundtable discussion with Mr. David MakovskyJanuary 14, 2020  at AUC Tahrir Campus CASAR.

    Mr. David Makovsky Ziegler is a distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations and former advisor to the US Department of State on Israel-Palestine affairs. Mr. Makovsky discussed future prospects for diplomacy on the Israel-Palestine front, and the broader context of electoral politics in Israel and the US, and Washington’s foreign policy towards regional crises. The roundtable discussion included a select group of participants from the diplomatic community, journalists and parliamentarians, and was off-the-record.

    • Johnathan Wolf on "U.S Economic Tends EntrepreneurialismRisks VSPassion’, - a collaboration with the School of Business , 10 February 2019, Mary Cross Hall, AUC New Campus. 
    • Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project and the founding editor of the Middle East Channel at foreignpolicy.com lecturing on : "Palestine-Israel: Where are we now? Where are we headed?” March 12, Oriental Hall - AUC Tahrir Campus
    • Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project and the founding editor of the Middle East Channel at foreignpolicy.com lecturing in a closed roundtable discussion - March 13, Thebes Salon • Marriot Zamalek Hotel 
       
    • Fulbright Scholar Thomas DeLuca,Professor of Political Science, Director of the International Studies Program at Fordham University, USA delivered a lecture titled "Donald Trump Meets Xi Jinping: Great Power Exceptionalism and the World”,  March 18, GAPP Executive room P085- Al Jameel Building,  AUC New Cairo Campus
    • Distinguished Visiting Professor Karen Jacobsen  to deliver a lecture titled "Comparing the US and Egyptian Refugee Policy" Dr. Jacobsen is a Professor in Global Migration, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, this lecture was in collaboration with  the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies - March 24,  AUC New Cairo Campus
       
    • Distinguished Visiting Professor Karen Jacobsen  to deliver a lecture titled "US Immigration Policy in the Trump Era - What’s New for Refugees" This lecture was in collaboration with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies - March 27, AUC Tahrir Campus 
       
    • Fulbright Scholar Dr. Frances Oneal, Professor of Political Science, Director, International Honors Program, and Associate Director, University Honors Program, University of Alabama, USA lectured on, "The Future of American Foreign Policy: An Unprecedented Path”, April 11  - GAPP Executive room P085- Al Jameel Building, AUC New Cairo Campus
    • American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Delegation on "A Conversation with Young American Political Leaders" November 12, 2018. AUC New Cairo.
       
    • Martin Indyke, the Executive Vice President of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on US-Egypt Foreign Politics - November 8, 2018. Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel.

    Cairo Review and CASAR host Ambassador Martin Indyk

    PoP Aly Erfan (PPAD) and PoP Karim Haggag (CASAR) hosted Ambassador Martin Indyk, former US Special Envoy for ME Peace Process (2013-2014), in a roundtable discussion with prominent policymakers, scholars and journalists.

    Ambassador Indyk addressed current US policy in the Middle East and its implications for regional peace.

    The event was held jointly by CASAR and the Cairo Review and was chaired by Professor Bahgat Korany, Director of the AUC Forum.

    • CASAR-GAPP Tahrir Dialogue no. 74 with Dr. Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute in Washington on "US Foreign Policy Turbulence: The Repercussions on the Arab RegionOctober 29, 2018. Sofitel El-Gezira Hotel. Watch the lecture hereView Report here.
    • David Dumke on"Political Madness in Washington: Understanding the American Political Landscape" September 26, 2018. AUC New Cairo. Watch the lecture here
       
    • CASAR-GAPP Tahrir Dialogue no. 71 with Dr. Shibley Telhami, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland on "What is happening in America?September 20, 2018. Sofitel El-Gezira Hotel. Watch the lecture here.
  • Agnieszka Domańska on"Imbalances in the globalized world – causes, mechanisms and consequences” - Economic Policy responses in view of the theory April 12, 2018. AUC New Cairo.

Activities

    • Online movie night showing-January 17, 2021:The Namesake” (directed by Mira Nair). The Namesake depicts the struggles of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, first-generation immigrants from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children Gogoland Sonia. The film takes place primarily in Kolkata, New York City, and suburbs of New York City. American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
    • Online movie night showing-February 7, 2021: “Coming to America” (directed by John Landis). Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. The first installment in the Coming to America film series, it was released in the United States on June 29, 1988. Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who travels to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.
    • Online movie night showing-February 28, 2021: “3.5 bullets, 10 minutes” (directed by Marc Silver). 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, also known as 3 1/2 Minutes, is a 2015 documentary film written and directed by Marc Silver. The film is based on the events surrounding the 2012 shooting of Jordan Russell Davis and examines the incident itself, as well as the subsequent trial, media coverage and protests that resulted from the shooting. The film premiered under its original title 3 1/2 Minutes at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015, later winning the Special Jury Prize for Social Impact.[2] The film was then bought by HBO Documentary Films, and premiered on HBO on November 23, 2015. On December 1, it was one of 15 films shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the 2016 89th Academy Awards.
    • Online movie night showing-March 21, 2021: Sabah” (directed by Ruba Nadda). One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.
    • Online movie night showing-March 28, 2021: “The Half of It” (directed by Alice Wu). When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend - or fall for his crush. The Half of It is a 2020 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Alice Wu. It stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, and Collin Chou. Netflix released the film on May 1, 2020 to positive reviews. The film received the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a modern loose retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac in which teenage Ellie Chu begins writing love letters on behalf of the inarticulate Paul Munsky to his crush, Aster Flores.
    • Online movie night showing- April 11, 2021: “Hidden Figures” (directed by Theodore Melfi), featuring our guest speaker Professor Rebecca Hankins from Texas A&M. The film is based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as NASA engineer Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell in supporting roles. Hidden Figures displays the many struggles of women of color face in the 1950s, who despite all the difficulties faced, served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program
    • Online movie night showing-May 16, 2021: “Nomadland” (directed by  Chloé Zhao) A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
  • Given the ongoing impacts of the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, CASAR in collaboration with the ECLT dept. resumed the American Studies Film series online in the following events:

    • Online movie night showing-October 7, 2020:Beatriz at Dinner” (directed by Miguel Arteta). Beatriz is a Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer who drives to the seaside mansion of her client Cathy. When her old Volkswagen breaks down, she receives a friendly invitation from Cathy to stay for a seemingly innocent business dinner. As the guests arrive and the wine starts to flow, Beatriz finds herself in an escalating war of words with Doug Strutt, a ruthless real estate mogul who cares more about money than people.
    • Online movie night showing-November 1, 2020:The Social Dilemma” (directed by Jeff Orlowski). This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.
    • Online movie night showing-December 6, 2020:The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (directed by Joe Talbot). The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film. Its plot centers on the efforts of a young Black man to reclaim his childhood home, a now-expensive Victorian house in a gentrified neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • This workshop was organized by CASAR jointly with the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo, the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. The workshop’s goal was to connect recent academic research in re-examining the evolution of nuclear diplomacy with current nuclear policy questions facing the Middle East and Egypt.

    The workshop featured presentations and analysis by international and regional academics, policymakers, and NGO experts focusing on nuclear research and policy. This workshop reflected on the status of nuclear studies capturing the evolving research agenda in the field, the opening up of new primary sources, and the incorporation of new perspectives on the politics of the nuclear age among other topics that frame the current academic debate on nuclear weapons. The workshop participants also discussed the history of multilateral and regional nuclear diplomacy. The workshop examined some of the key historical and diplomatic milestones and reflected on prior regional efforts to address the nuclear question including in the Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS) working group under the Madrid Peace process.

    In conclusion, the workshop addressed the current debates about nuclear policy in the region and focuses on on-going efforts to establish a zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

  • CASAR and the Cairo Review have established a partnership with Northeastern University in order to benefit from their Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) in 2019-2020. The Co-op Program offered by Northwestern University provides a unique opportunity for their students for employment overseas in other universities under a fully paid program whereby students have the opportunity to work from four to six months in their field of study at the hosting university.

    Under this program, Northwestern University pays for airfare - visa application/fees - accommodation in the hosting country - food and transportation allowance for the visiting students. This semester we hosted the Northwestern student Sydney Wise to provide support to both units until June 2020 under this program and we are expecting to host two to three more students to start working with us in Fall 2020 as well. This opportunity presents added value not only for CASAR and the Cairo Review enhancing exposure to both units but also for the University as a whole in raising AUC's profile as a favorable destination for foreign students.

  • CASAR successfully managed to revive the American Studies Film Club in collaboration with the ECLT Dept. in Nov 2019. To date, we have had 3 successful well-attended movie nights with AUC Faculty and students. Following each movie, there would be lively discussions about the movie in relevance to the contemporary social and cultural issues we deal with in our daily lives. This activity provides a much-needed cultural insight into our outreach program especially with the post-screening discussions conducted with the audience at the event.

    • CASAR Film Club movie night with the ECLT dept. featuring the movie "Fahrenheit 11/9" by Michael Moore. November 11, 2019
    • CASAR Film Club movie night with the ECLT dept. featuring the movie "Amreeka"-  December 1, 2019
    • CASAR Film Club movie night with the ECLT dept. featuring the movie "Blind-spotting" – February 19, 2020
    • CASAR Film Club movie night with the ECLT dept. featuring the movie "The Namesake" – March 18, 2020
    • CASAR Film Club movie night with the ECLT dept. featuring the movie "Dinner at Beatriz" – April 5, 2020
  • In 2018 CASAR Director had met with Dr.David Dumke, an experienced Middle East Studies expert, and the Director, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies to discuss upcoming collaboration plans between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and CASAR from 2019 onward including focusing on a number of public speaking events, roundtable discussions as well as organizing a promotional event to engage students about AUC/GAPP programs.

    Furthermore, this initiative would be a useful opportunity to show momentum in implementing the program funded by a grant provided by Mr. and Mrs. Wolf. On December 8, 2019, CASAR hosted a private roundtable discussion in honor of Dr.Dumke titled  “Turkey’s Shifting Foreign Policy: Regional Intervention and Great Power Alignments” which featured rich discussions about Turkey’s political role in the region amidst the ongoing dynamic foreign policy changes in the Middle East. 

  • One of the major accomplishments of the center in AY 2018-2019 was the revival of the Fulbright program after a halt since 2012. CASAR had the pleasure and honor of first hosting Dr.Thomas De Luca, a Professor of Political Science, Director of the International Studies Program at Fordham University as the American Studies Specialist from March 16th to April 3rd. CASAR then had the pleasure and honor of hosting Dr. Frances Oneal, a Professor of Political Science, Director, International Honors Program, and Associate Director, University Honors Program, University of Alabama from April 8th to April 23rd as the Political Science Specialist. During the two weeks allotted for each specialist, both professors conducted a series of meetings as well as both graduate and undergraduate lectures along with a public lecture conducted in the AUC New campus during the students’ assembly hour.

  • CASAR Director Ambassador Karim Haggag participated in the Annual MESA Conference as part of a delegation from AUC headed by AUC President Ambassador Ricciardone. The delegation led and participated in several panels, among them are:

    • How Can We Continue To Do Research in the Arab World? - Organized by Rabab El-Mahdi - POLS Dept.
    • Cross-National Research on Contemporary Middle East Politics. Chaired by James H. Sunday - POLS Dept.
  • GAPP and Prince Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) collaborated with the Institute for International Relations, Panteion University, and the Center for Energy Policy at the University of Nicosia to host an international workshop.

    The workshop, entitled “The Emerging Strategic Co-operation between Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece,” was held on September 25, 2017, in Cairo. In light of the 2016 tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, the workshop addressed avenues for cooperation and modalities for turning innovation and research into partnership and synergies.

  • The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at The American University in Cairo, in collaboration with the American University in Beirut and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, hosted an international conference on May 13 and14 on the historical Tahrir campus. Titled Rumpus: America and the Age of Trump, the conference aimed to launch a discussion of the factors and coalitions which led to Trump’s election and the global political and cultural ramifications of his elections. Click here for the conference video.

  • CASAR Director Magda Shahin participated in the Second Delphi Economic Forum 2017, addressing a session titled “Perimeter Security Threats for Europe and Terrorism” on March 3-5, 2017. 

  • The Essam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon hosted a conference in affiliation with Princeton University titled Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies from February 1 to 4, 2017. 

    CASAR Director, Ambassador Magda Shahin and assistant director Yasmeen El-Ghazaly, an MA graduate of the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Women and Gender Studies at AUC, presented a jointly written paper titled "Notions of Nationalism, Public Spaces and Women in Egypt, Contemplating Between Constitutions After 2011."  Click here for the presentation at (40:39).

  • CASAR hosted a fourth round table discussion titled Arab-US Relations in Perspective on January 29 and 3, 2017 at the Cairo Marriott Hotel. This workshop was done in collaboration with the School of GAPP and the Middle East Institute in Washington. A carefully selected high-caliber group of politicians, academics and think tanks attended this event, bringing enlightening prospects to the issue at hand with interesting deliberations, recommendations and findings. Check out the links below for more media coverage of the event:

    ·For the Middle East Institute's findings and recommendations concerning the round table, click here. 

    ·To watch the conference proceedings, click here.