Commission Greets New American Fulbrighters with Orientation, Dinner

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On September 18, the Commission convened an orientation for its AY2012-2013 American Fulbright grantees. The Commission’s new Executive Director, Elizabeth Khalifa, welcomed the group and spoke about the history and significance of the Fulbright Program in Egypt. Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Marc J. Sievers, gave an insightful speech on U.S. – Egypt relations and the role of Fulbrighters as cultural ambassadors. Other sessions featured representatives from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Section “American Citizen Services:  How Can We Help?”, the Health Unit “How to Stay Healthy in Egypt”, the Security Unit “Safety and Security in Egypt” and The Cultural Affairs Office “Opportunities for Fulbrighters to Engage with the U.S. Embassy”.

The highlight of the orientation was a “Fulbrighters in Egypt: Tips on Living and Studying/Conducting Research” session featuring 2011-2012 Alumni and “Egypt Across Time: Culture and Tradition” presentation delivered by Fulbright alumna Dr. Mounira Soliman (New York University AY 2004-2005). The orientation was concluded by a dinner hosted by the Fulbright Commission at Al-Azhar Park overlooking the Citadel. “The talk by Marc Sievers was very informative & interesting –also comforting in light of recent embassy protests,” said one Fulbrighter. “The talk by Mounira Soliman was excellent & a great introduction to the history and

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