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This text presents the program with links to (power point) presentations, reports of sessions and student responses. The executive report of entire program was written by Dr. Matthew Anderson and can be found here. Date of arrival at dormitories: June 25...
In brief, the first day showcased the different areas of educational and pedagogical expertise that each institutional partner would contribute throughout the summer school. 
On the second day, summer school participants were privileged to learn from a member of the European Parliament, Bas Belder. 
On 28th June, the summer school group took an excursion to Sekem farm, an organic farm in the Egyptian desert, around 60km North East of Cairo. The students were there to discover the Sekem ethos, sustainable development with a holistic approach, and experience the living and learning intercultural...
How should we assess the endless stream of media reports and images that we are exposed to daily? On July 2, 2018, Matthew Sparks (M.A., Georgetown University) facilitated an important and evocative discussion of this question and introduced Arab-West Report, the massive electronic database...
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ghobashy, a lecturer of modern and contemporary history at the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, proposed on July 3rd that Egypt can be seen as the cradle of religions. 
Christianity and Islam were the main focus of interreligious dialogue in the summer school. Not all participants, however, were adherents of those two religions. Some participants identified as being atheist, agnostic, or spiritualist. Two participants that identified as spiritualist presented...
On the evening of 3rd July, the Summer School students watched the thought-provoking film One Hand: The Movie, an intense film focusing on Muslim-Christian relations in revolutionary Egypt, following the January 2011 bombing of the Coptic Orthodox Two Saints Church in the city of Alexandria.
Among other things, this stimulating workshop helped to make students aware of the problem of stereotypes and how to avoid acting on them. The group was divided in smaller groups to discuss eight photos and four quotes made by individuals on the pictures. For each photo they had to guess the...
On 5th July, Johan Snel delivered a lecture discussing freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Johan’s lecture focused primarily on the current dialogue of freedom of expression and religion in Dutch journalism, and the divisive effects they caused across the Islamic world and wider...
On July 5th, following lectures on the freedom of expression by Johan Snel and Dr Matthew Anderson, the Summer School group discussed freedom of expression and Islamic views of freedom of expression. Initially, Egyptian and Islamic students were invited to start the discussion, to share their...
Throughout the presentation of Johan Snel on July 6th, 2018, three themes were discussed: modern democracies, the dark side of democracies, and the lessons we can draw from this.
Professor Hoda Awad joined the group for a presentation about the Egyptian constitution. She started by discussing the basics of democracy and constitutions. She explained to us that democracies had six elements or conditions. Firstly, there is the presence of democratic institutions and...
The postponement of a meeting that was scheduled to take place between President Muḥammad Mursī and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II at the al-Itiḥādīyah presidential palace on Tuesday (November 20) raised controversy in political circles. 
Reactions of Egyptians on the streets escalated over decrees by President Muhammad Mursī on Thursday (November 22) sacking the public prosecutor and immunizing his decisions as political, betraying deep divisions within the society as opponents termed them as “rehash of past dictatorship”. [Author...
Convening for three days from February 22 to 24 in Egypt, the Global Leadership Summit is held at the Coptic Evangelical Church in Heliopolis Cairo. In an interview hosted by al-Bawāba News, one of the coordinators of GLS, Sāmir al-Ḍaʿīf explained that the summit’s objective is to rectify erroneous...
The Ansār Bayt al- Maqdis announced its responsibility for the explosions that led to the death of three army conscripts and injuring 11 others in Sinai and Cairo yesterday.
Three conscripts and a civilian lost their lives and 12 others have been injured in two suicide attacks in Sinai, and an explosive device in Heliopolis. 
Dr. Andrīyya Zakī, president of the Protestant Community of Egypt, and General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, inaugurated, on Thursday, the new headquarters of TCEgypt in Heliopolis.
Dr. Mahmūd Abū al-Nasr, Minister of Education, has visited the Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School in Heliopolis, Cairo, after the school has received terrorist threats. The minister has visited the school to reassure the students and parents (Nivīn Shihātah, al- Ahrām, March 27). Read original...

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