The Shafik Gabr Fellowship, part of the East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative, is now in it’s second year with the 2014 class having successfully completed the travel portion of the program.
The Egypt program of the exchange was held May 10-24th with visits to Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan.
The U.S. portion of the exchange was held from June 7 – 21st with visits to Washington, DC, Atlanta, New York and New Jersey.
Both the 2013 and the 2014 Gabr Fellows classes consisted of 10 American and 10 Egyptian participants. They travel and live together during a four-week program, spending two weeks in Egypt and two weeks in the United States.
During their journey they have the opportunity to meet with renowned figures in politics, business, art, law and media to discuss the challenges facing their societies and the obstacles to international cooperation. They work together on Action Projects. The purpose of these projects is to build bridges and enhance the understanding of each other’s diverse cultures, societies and aspirations.
The 2013 program took place in Egypt in June 2013 with visits to Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor – and in the United States in October 2013 with visits to New York, New Haven, Atlanta, Virginia and Washington DC.
The Fellows produced joint projects as part of their exchange to leverage their experience to their peers and communities.
Together, through their coorporation and their projects, they are creating the legacy of the Gabr Fellowship: and developing an international cohort dedicated to pursuing cooperative, collective solutions to their regions most pressing issues.
The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation.