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East-West: The Art of Dialogue

The application window for the 2018 Fellowship is now closed. The Egypt program will take place from August 31st-September 9th, 2018, and the US program will take place between September 30th-October 7th, 2018.

The East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative is a dynamic exchange program designed to connect and build constructive relations between future leaders from the Arab world and the West. The initiative was launched in 2012 in London, Washington and New York. It has been set up by the Shafik Gabr Foundation, and inspired by the Orientalist traveler painters.

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  • Gabr Fellow releases debut poetry collection ‘Egypt in a Cup of Tea’

    6th November 2018 Fabrice Guerrier, a 2018 Gabr Fellow, recently published "Egypt in a Cup of Tea," a meditative exploration of self-discovery. Inspired and written during his travels to Egypt, Haitian-American writer Fabrice Guerrier releases his debut collection of poetry. The book is divided into three chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. This collection is about the experience of Continue Reading

  • Orlando Sentinel reflects on refugee integration in Egypt

    In this Orlando Sentinel Opinions piece, Abdelrahman Amr and Michael Matthiesen consider what the West might learn from Egypt's approach to the refugee crisis.