FULBRIGHT 70TH ANNIVERSARY ART AND HERITAGE CELEBRATION AT MINIA UNIVERSITY
On March 10th and 11th, 2019, the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted a two-day event in collaboration with Minia University to mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Fulbright Program in Egypt. Over 50 Fulbright alumni traveled to Minia from Qena, Assiut, Mansoura, Menoufia, Alexandria, Suez and Cairo to attend the morning event which took place at the Minia University Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA). Fulbright guests were welcomed by: Dr. Mostafa Abdel-Nabi, President of Minia University; Minia University Vice Presidents Dr. Abou Bakr Mohy Eldeen and Dr. Mohamed Galal; and Dr. Ahmed Zahran, former Vice President of Minia University.
In attendance was Mr. Thomas Goldberger, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Ms. Helen LaFave, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Cairo and BFCE Board member. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, gave an overview of the history of the museum and a guided tour of it. The Commission hosted a reception while Fulbright alumnus, Khaled Saleh, led a quartet performance. This was followed by an afternoon session that featured a presentation titled “The Ancient Treasures of the Middle Egypt Region.”
The program concluded with several presentations given by Fulbright alumni in the fields of art and design: Dr. Khaled Hafez, Dr. Haytham Nawar, Dr. Nesreen Youssef and Mr. Bassem Yousri, who spoke about their work, travel and Fulbright experiences.
In the evening, the Commission hosted a dinner that was attended by: the university’s Vice President Dr. Aboubakr Mohy Eldeen; Charge d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger; Minister-Counselor Helen LaFave; Fulbright alumni; Deans of Minia University faculties; and Fulbright staff members. The following morning the Fulbright team, led by Dr. Maggie Nassif, BFCE Executive Director, accompanied members of Fulbright active alumni circles on an excursion to the historical sites of Beni Hassan and Tuna El Gebel.
The Commission in Egypt is the largest and oldest in the Middle East and has awarded over 7,000 grants over the last 70 years. Its mission has been, in the words of the late Senator J. William Fulbright, to “bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion to world affairs.”