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Omar Foda MEC Graduate Student Colloquium 2014-15   Omar Foda will discuss the social, economic, and technological history of beer production in the period between the Free Officers Movement and the nationalization of the beer industry in 1963. Specifically, the talk will examine how two closely linked companies, Crown and Pyramid Breweries, pushed forward by the complex interactions of foreign and native entrepreneurs, managers, and workers, drove the beer industry’s growth in both the economic and cultural sphere. These interactions, which were characterized by both conflict and cooperation, were framed by the participants’ perception of technology’s relationship with modernity and its role in advancing Egypt.   * Omar Foda is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations.
Fisher-Bennett Hall 401
The 2014 Global Leadership Seminar, produced in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, is a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year’s Seminar will focus on the political, social and economic landscape of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through the lens of key natural resources, including oil, natural gas and water. Through guest lectures and interactive workshops, students will explore the powerful impact that natural resources have on political and economic stability throughout the region. Additionally, students will take part in a half-day crisis simulation, during which they will role-play the decision-making processes of world leaders. Using online resources, one-on-one negotiation skills and a newly acquired understanding of key issues, players will work together, seeking solutions to an unfolding international crisis centered in the Middle East. The Seminar’s optional fifth-day field trip to Washington, D.C., offers students the exciting opportunity to meet with Middle East scholars from some of our nation’s leading think tanks and public policy organizations.   Registration Information The cost to participate in the four-day Seminar (Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily) and the fifth-day Washington, D.C. Field Trip (Friday, July 25, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) is $135. The cost to participate in the four-day Seminar only is $95. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia accepts payment by check, money order, and/or credit/debit card. Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. If you require financial assistance to participate in this program, please contact the Council's Director of Student Programs, Matthew DeSoi, at 215-561-4700, ext. 216. Cancellations requested on or prior to June 20 will be refunded, minus a $15 administration fee. No refunds will be granted on or after June 21.
Towne Building, 220 S. 33rd St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104