Shafik Gabr Fellows visit CRCC

The 2014 Shafik Gabr Fellows visited Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict on June 18.   The group of ten Egyptians and ten Americans that are taking part in the East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative met with CRCC faculty and friends in Seminary Hall for an exchange of ideas and ideals, accompanied by Egyptian fare.

Gabr2The fellows’ journey began in Egypt from May 10-24 with visits to Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan.  From June 7-21, the Fellows were in the United States, visiting New York, New Haven, Atlanta, Virginia and Washington DC, in addition to Madison, NJ.

The group met with world-renowned public figures to explore transnational challenges faced by their societies and to gain an introduction to Egyptian and American societies, traditions, politics, business, governance, art, law, media, customs and religions.  The first cohort of Gabr Fellows, which included this year’s coordinators Dan Sullivan and Mohammed Mubarak  also visited Drew in October 2013.

20140617_211014The fellowship, an initiative of the Shafik Gabr Foundation, was created by Chariman  Mohamed Shafik Gabr to help meet the challenges of our increasingly interconnected world, where cross-cultural understanding and professional networks are essential for peace and progress.  As part of their program, the Gabr Fellows engage in joint projects designed to advance the Gabr Foundation’s mission of promoting intercultural dialogue and collaboration between Egyptians and Americans.  The Fellows shared their ideas in an open forum with CRCC Director and CLA Dean, Chris Taylor, CRCC Associate Director, Jonathan Golden, and Coders4Africa founder, Amadou Daffe.