March 1, 2011, 6:30pm
Teaching a Revolution: Sharing Experiences of the Crisis in Cairo
Presenter: Abeer Aloush, Heba Fadel, Sally Bonet and Marie Grace Brown
Location: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ Campus

Join the Camden County Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility, the Middle East Center and the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania for a special teacher's workshop focused on the ongoing crisis in Egypt.  This evening panel discussion will include scholars who have recently returned from Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt who experienced the uprising first hand and have spent considerable time studying various aspects of Egyptian culture and politics.  This is an excellent opportunity to help translate a world-historical event into a teachable moment for students at any age as it is happening.

Marie Grace Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UPenn studying the questions of nationalism and feminism in Egypt and Sudan during the independence movement in the 1950's.  She has also worked for a non-profit company in Washington, DC which gives legal aid to immigrant women from the Middle East and North Africa.  She has recently returned from an extended trip to Cairo and Khartoum where she was conducting archival research and witnessing the run-up to the current uprising first-hand.

Heba Fadel is a native Egyptian who is currently a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at UPenn's department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  She received her BA in English from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 2008 and is currently working on a Masters degree in Linguistics.  She will be returning to Egypt in June and has kept close watch of the situation through family and friends.

Sally Bonet, an Egyptian-American, is an educator with several years of experience teaching young children in Egypt and the U.S. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology from UCLA and Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and is pursuing her PhD in Education at Rutgers University since Fall 2009. She was an elementary teacher at the Great Valley School District for two years. Sally has worked part-time with Al-Bustan over several years, as Arabic, poetry and story-writing teacher, camp manager, and curriculum consultant.

Abeer Aloush has worked since 2010 at Upenn (the University of Pennsylvania) as a full time lecturer where she teaches Social Science and Arabic Language. She taught for the last three years as full time Lecturer at Columbia University and NYU; and as part time lecturer for another three years at CUNY (Baruch College, Queens College and Manhattan Borough Community College), The University of Montclair, William Paterson University, Bergen Community College and NJCU.

This event is open to the public, however if you are a New Jersey or Pennsylvania K-12 teacher you will be able to receive professional development credit for your attendance.

Camden County College CCLR, the Middle East Center and the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.