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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 CAIRO 002416 SIPDIS DEPT FOR NEA/PPD; ALSO FOR NEA/ELA, IIP/SC AND ECA/P E.O. 12958: NA TAGS: SCUL, OEXC, KPAO, EG, Public Diplomacy Results SUBJECT: EGYPT PUBLIC DIPLOMACY RESULTS AND ACTIVITIES (03/09/05 - 03/24/05) REF: CAIRO 2097 Public Diplomacy programming in Egypt for this reporting period continued to address the full range of Post's MPP themes. This programming included an exchange alumni gathering, a book fair, and a Women's History Month program. Post also recorded positive results from an exchange program participant who reconnected with an Embassy-sponsored American theater director, from a children's literature speaker who influenced local publishers to work more with the Embassy, and from increased cooperation with the Egyptian Council of Universities. Summary reports follow. Reftel is post's most recent prior submission for NEA/PPD reporting and IIP's PD results database. ------- RESULTS ------- (03/21/05) MISSION SUPPORTED DIRECTOR TO HEAD THEATER PRODUCTION IN CHICAGO During her participation in the International Visitor Leadership Program, a top Egyptian theater director, Efat Yehia, reconnected with an American director brought to Egypt in 2004 by the Embassy to direct a Mission-sponsored, Arabic language production of Thorton Wilder's "Our Town." During their reunion, the two planned for further Egypt-American theater exchanges, and Yehia was asked to direct an American play in Chicago. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING (03/22/05) EGYPTIAN COUNCIL OF UNIVERSITIES AGREES TO PROMOTE USG "PLUS" SCHOLARSHIPS As a result of a meeting with Embassy's educational advising contractors, the new Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities promised to play an active role in promoting two-year "PLUS" scholarships to an American university, and he said that he would personally contact the deans of the relevant faculties at all Egyptian public universities to ask them to nominate candidates. He agreed to begin informing students about the "PLUS" program during this academic year, so that they can prepare well in advance of the October application deadline. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING (03/18/05 03/26/05) EMBASSY-SPONSORED SPEAKER ENLIVENS ARABIC BOOK PUBLISHING CONTACTS BY HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE During a week-long Embassy-sponsored speaking tour, The New York Times' Children's Book Editor, Eden Ross Lipson, addressed Egypt's most important children's book publishers, writers, illustrators, critics, reviewers, and librarians at several events in both Cairo and Alexandria. Lipson spoke about the history of children's literature in the United States and about modern trends in children's book publishing. Her appearance in a thirty-minute primetime live broadcast on Egypt's national Channel 2 reached an estimated 2 million viewers. Other media coverage included additional TV, radio and print. Stirred by Lipson's enthusiasm and the lively discussions at these events, several local publishers have re-engaged with the Embassy's Regional Arabic Book Office (RBO) and proposed to collaborate on the publication of Arabic-translations of American youth literature. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING ---------- ACTIVITIES ---------- (03/09/05) EMBASSY REKINDLES CONTACT WITH EXCHANGE ALUMNI In the first of what will be a series of salon-like gatherings, the Embassy hosted a small-group gathering of exchange alumni and Mission personnel for a discussion on U.S. economic policy and the economic situation in Egypt. Exchange alumni in the field of economics and finance were invited to meet and interact with officers and locally employed staff involved in economic work. A lively discussion and new contacts resulted. Future gatherings will focus on a variety of topics, but will continue to emphasize bringing exchange alumni back in touch with Embassy personnel and activities. MPP GOAL: ECONOMIC PROSPERITY (03/22/05-03/23/05) AMERICAN CENTER ALEXANDRIA'S LOCAL BOOK FAIR RECORDS YEAR'S HIGHEST BOOK SALES The American Center in Alexandria (ACA) hosted a two- day in-house book fair featuring products from the Regional English Language program and the Regional Arabic Book Translation Program. The event, formally opened by the Governor of Alexandria, along with the Alexandria PAO and the Cairo-based Regional English Language Officer, not only showcased USG publications and teaching materials, but also hosted a viewing of the PBS series "Do You Speak American?" and it distributed numerous complimentary copies of "Hi" magazine and other IIP publications. Total sales topped the Embassy's earlier sales this year at both the Cairo and Alexandria Book Fairs. Attendees, who included academics and students from high schools and universities, encouraged the ACA to host other such book fairs. AMIDEAST also participated, staffing an exhibit table with information about study in the U.S. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING (03/16/05) AMERICAN CENTER IN ALEXANDRIA CELEBRATES EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CONNECTIONS WITH CONCERT OF WORKS BY EGYPTIAN COMPOSER In celebration of Egyptian-American cooperation and appreciation of the arts, the American Center in Alexandria hosted a by-invitation concert of the music of Egyptian composer Sayed Darwish. In introducing the event, the Alexandria PAO praised the richness of Egyptian musical culture and drew parallels between the life of Sayed Darwish and that of American composer George Gershwin, both of whom were concerned with developing a national vocabulary in song and dance. The program was prominently featured on local television news programs and broadcast in its entirety on Alexandria's Channel 5-TV. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING (03/17/05) COLLOQUIUM ON "VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN" AT THE AMERICAN CENTER IN ALEXANDRIA In celebration of women's history month, the American Center in Alexandria (ACA), in cooperation with a local NGO, hosted a program on "Violence Against Women in Egypt: Causes and Remedies." Panelists included government officials, activists, judiciary officials and legislators. After the discussion, participants began to draft a proposal for a new law on violence against women for submission to the Egyptian government, and they announced the establishment of the "Al Nadim Center for Victims of Violence" in Alexandria. Participants received a portfolio of ACA- prepared documents that included information from the IIP website "Combating Violence Against Women." The event was featured on local television news. MPP GOAL: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING GRAY
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