MARY CHRISTOPHER, Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California – Davis, California, U.S.A
2010-2011 U.S. Scholar, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
“I was amazed at the diversity of cultures in Egypt. We tend to see other cultures and countries on one dimension from afar—I was able to see the best and worst of people in this time and to better understand that it’s a very complex place. When traveling, you go with a plan, but it’s often just a good thought. You learn to seek other opportunities and engage with people on a variety of levels and fit the situation at the time.”
Dr. Mary M. Christopher, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California – Davis and an AY 2010-2011 Fulbright Alumna, displayed a photography exhibit at the University of California – Davis from January through June 2014. The exhibit entitled: “A Fulbright in Egypt:
Continuity amid Change” was on display in Gladys Valley Hall at the School of Veterinary Medicine. It portrays the unique beauty and chaos of Egypt in a remarkable photo-journey that weaves a story of Egypt’s animals, veterinary medicine and people with ancient and modern Egyptian culture, politics and religion; amid the turmoil, uncertainty and hope of the 2011 revolution.
Dr. Christopher arranged her exhibit of 75 photos into sections including the 4,000-year-old Giza pyramids; the Fayoum Oasis, a historic agricultural area and nature preserve southwest of Cairo; veterinary practice and education and the burgeoning metropolis of Cairo. The exhibit can be viewed at: