Project # 7: Final Project Promos

November 25, 2009 at 9:26 am (Podcasts, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Producer: Asmaa Al Zohairy
Music: Lucky Number 7 by SaReGaMa (

Here is the video promo accompanied with photos as well:

Producer: Asmaa Al Zohairy
Photos by: Asmaa Al Zohairy and Yara Saeed

Coming up is this audio documentary on the different frame of thoughts among AUC students now compared to 20 to 30 years ago.

Join the JMC (Journalism and Mass Communications) radio class to listen to more stories on the history of AUC on December 6th and 9th from 10:00 to 11:15 am in room C114 BEC building, AUC new campus in Kattamya.

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Project # 5 Radio News Wrap

November 11, 2009 at 1:02 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , )

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An Israeli researcher was denied the participation in the Digital Culture conference held in Alexandria end of October. Photo courtesy: Ahmed Essmat (Amwag Sakandria)

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The Digital Culture conference held in Alexandria from October 27th till October 31st. Photo courtesy: Ahmed Esmat (Amwag Sakandria)

Alexandrian city in Egypt has hosted the “Digital Culture” conference for the first time. The subject matter might be new for a conference to be held in Egypt, but a stand against Israeli participation is not. Asmaa Al Zohairy has more on the story.

Israeli presence in any type of Arab conferences has always been an issue. The digital culture conference that was recently held in the Palais des Gourmets in Alexandria expressed its rejection to such presence. The conference’s secretariats have declined the request of an Israeli researcher to participate with her paper on digital literature.

Ahmed Shablool, the conference’s manager, says the conference has a clear stand on that matter.

Sound Byte (SB):
Shablool: of course we reject any kind of normalization with Israel at least at the time and that is the decision of all Egyptian writers and those who accept the normalization and go visit Israel are nailed down by the media.(:18)

Shablool said that to his surprise the researcher showed her understanding to the secretariat’s decision.

Similar stands against dealing with Israel on many levels are present in even one of the most liberal universities in Egypt, the American University in Cairo or (AUC). Over a year ago, rumor had it that there was an Israeli scholar participating in an academic conference that was held there. AUC denied such a premise.

Political science professor at the AUC, Ibrahim Elnur, says that the university looks at this issue differently.

Elnur: I think the university is not having a very strong stand but it does have a certain respect for the environment in which it is operating. (:10)

Elnur says that there is always this dichotomy between the public and official stands. This differs from time to time and depends on the events going on.

Elnur: In the post Oslo time, optimism was very high and normalization started to get some kind of understanding if not support but still among the intellectuals and educated people but it failed to and now we are back to almost to square one in terms of Israeli Arab relations. Then we have these terrible events in Gaza, which brought again the strong sentiment against any type of normalization. (:25)

He says there is also this hypocrisy about the issue as some scholars are not boycotting conferences taking place outside the region with Israeli participation, but they refuse such a thing to happen inside the region.

Elnur: this is the nature of populism as a policy as politics which is taking a stand that will support any of the majority irrespect of whether this majority is taking the rational thing or not so you don’t you want to be in the minority even if it is rational to be in the minority. (:20)

The stand of the Alexandrian conference secretariats is not the first in face of the normalization issue. Situations and events in the region will always dictate how Israeli-related issues would be dealt with.

This is Asmaa Al Zohairy for AUC Radio.

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Project # 4 Interview/profile on FeldenKrais Practitioner, Carol Ann Clouston

October 28, 2009 at 3:44 am (Podcasts) (, , , , , )


The Feldenkrais method, introduced by Ukranian Moshe Feldenkrais in the 60s and 70s, is a somatic education method aimed at increasing self awareness through movement as it mainly focuses on the relation between movement and thought.

An interview with Feldenkrais practitioner, Carol Ann Clouston
Interviewer: Asmaa Al Zohairy
Interviewee: Carol Ann Clouston
Length of Interview: 5:00 mints

Introduction (Lead):
Truly one of few inspirational teachers, and has definitely been influential to me. Carol Ann Clouston, my voice and speech teacher at AUC, is the person who opened up my mind to the idea of not always having to throw away my ways of doing something in order to learn how to do it, but rather being aware of other alternative ways is what makes it come through. The Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement” technique is how she makes such a notion come about. When my recorder died the 1st time I interviewed her, she was the most soothing person on earth telling me “everything happens for a reason, may be it is meant for us to get together again sometime for another same interview”.

Q1: Who is the person who helped shape who Carol Ann is now?
Q2: What is a life-changing experience that you have been through?

Thank you, Carol Ann!!

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