Thursday, June 30, 2011

HOUR CHANGE

The American Corner will begin summer hours starting on July 1 until the end of Ramadan. Summer hours will be Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00.

Week of 7/4 Events

Mon 7/4 - AC CLOSED for American Independence Day

Tue 7/5 - American Independence Day Quiz, Presentation and Yard Games in Belvedere Park (1PM)

Wed 7/6 - Conversation Hour: Freedom of Speech (1PM)


Thur 7/7 - Guest Speaker, Doug Penhallegon on Comparison and Contrast of the Arab Spring and Eastern European Revolutions (12:30)

Doug Penhallegon teaches in the History Department at Duquesne University in addition to the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. He has two Master's degrees from Duquesne, in History and in Liberal Studies. His fields of expertise include contemporary Islamic-Western relations, Middle East politics, and peacebuilding. Doug is the 2010-2011 Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, where he offers public lectures on the debate over the supposed "clash of civilizations" between the Muslim and Western worlds. He also earned a Certificate in National Security and Intelligence Studies from Point Park University. He has taught history everywhere from below the flightdeck of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to a halfway house in Harlem, NY. In the fall of 2011 he will begin a PhD in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at Kent State University.

Fri 7/8 Film: Good Hair (1PM)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Week of 6/27 Events

Product Development Month Events (in basement of AMIDEAST):

Mon June 27 (4PM) - Workshop on "Strategies for Innovative Thinking" by Ravi Kaneriya

Tues June 28 (4PM) - Nothing


*Wed June 29 (4PM) - Product Development Month Competition - work on idea in teams

*Thurs June 30 (4PM) - Product Development Competition - Presentations of ideas and awarding of prizes

*Fri July 1 (4PM) - *Friday July 1 (3PM) - Finance Week Investment Contest Results




Non-Product Development Month Events

Mon June 27 (2:30PM) - Guest Speaker: Wheldon Kennedy on “The Structure of Campaign Planning”



Biography of Weldon Kennedy of Change.org

Weldon Kennedy is a Change.org Director of Organizing. He grew up in New Mexico and has always wondered what is beyond the next hill. After traveling the world for a year, Weldon returned the US an impassioned activist working to redress some of the injustices he had seen. After working on a variety of issues and elections, Weldon moved to London to manage membership campaigns for ONE.org... - where he stayed until joining Change.org in early 2011.

Change.org

Change.org is an online activism platform for social change that raises awareness about important causes and connects people to opportunities for powerful action. It works with more than 1000 of the largest organizations in the world, has a team of hundreds of journalists and organizers that span the globe, and empowers millions of people each month to make a difference.
Change.org is organized around more than a dozen leading cause-based communities, ranging from gay rights to women’s rights to animal welfare. It encourages individuals within each community to start an online petition, sign petitions related to their interests, and magnify their impact by sharing each petition with friends.

Tues June 28 (1:30PM) - Conversation Hour: Youth, Social Media, Rap, and Revolution with Chris Gray

Chris Gray is an American, living in Tunisia, who is doing research on the Tunisian Revolution. Specifically, he wants to examine how Tunisians (especially youth) used novel ways to propagate the revolution, including the use of social media and the element of rap music as a political statement.

If you would like to have a conversation hour with him and simultaneously help give him information for his research, please attend.

Tues June 28 (2:30PM) - Presentation: "The UN Milennium Goals" by Emna Chihi

Wed June 29 (2:30PM) - Workshop on Making Tunisian Pastries with Amira Chihi

Fri July 1 (1PM) - Documentary + Discussion of film "Religulous"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Week of June 20 Events

Management Week Events:

Mon June 20 (4PM) - "Corporate Culture and Employee Motivation" by Ravi Kaneriya

Tues June 21 (4PM) - Presentation of key learnings from management book "Good to Great"

Wed June 22 (4PM) - "Innovative Marketing and Communication" by Rym Bedoui Ayari, President of the Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce and manager of Sultan's Finest Food candy factory

Thurs June 23 (4PM) - "Careers in Human Resources" by Aziza Mzoughi from Vistaprint

Thurs June 23 (5PM) - "Careers in Management" by Olfa el-Ghoul from Vistaprint

Fri June 24 (3PM) - Management Competition



Non-Management Week Events:

Mon June 20 (2:30PM) - Guest Speaker Wheldon Kennedy

Biography of Weldon Kennedy of Change.org

Weldon Kennedy is a Change.org Director of Organizing. He grew up in New Mexico and has always wondered what is beyond the next hill. After traveling the world for a year, Weldon returned the US an impassioned activist working to redress some of the injustices he had seen. After working on a variety of issues and elections, Weldon moved to London to manage membership campaigns for ONE.org - where he stayed until joining Change.org in early 2011.

Change.org

Change.org is an online activism platform for social change that raises awareness about important causes and connects people to opportunities for powerful action. It works with more than 1000 of the largest organizations in the world, has a team of hundreds of journalists and organizers that span the globe, and empowers millions of people each month to make a difference.
Change.org is organized around more than a dozen leading cause-based communities, ranging from gay rights to women’s rights to animal welfare. It encourages individuals within each community to start an online petition, sign petitions related to their interests, and magnify their impact by sharing each petition with friends.


Tues June 21 (2:30PM) - Meet Alissa Strunk! The new AC Tunis Coordinator

Wed June 22 (2:30PM) - Presentation on British History by Ines Hedi

Thurs June 23 (2PM) - Presentation on "What Men Want"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Meet Kayla Sweeney, the New Coordinator of the AC Sousse!

Hello everybody! I want to take a moment to properly introduce myself. My name is Kayla Sweeney, I'm from Chicago (well an unknown town 1 hour north of Chicago), and I studied Global Communication in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am very excited to coordinate the American Window in Sousse, and expand it into another American Corner over the next year! In addition to studying globalization and communications, I focused on French & Francophone studies, and the Middle East and North Africa, and the Maghreb is my personal favorite area of interest. Two years ago, I spent a semester abroad studying in Rabat, Morocco, where I had the opportunity to work on my Standard Arabic and where I picked up a little bit of the Moroccan dialect. For me, traveling and meeting new people and experiencing new perspectives is what makes my life worthwhile! I also love playing tennis, so if you play and would like to have a partner, please let me know! I am excited about the next year and all the things that the American Window (soon-to-be American Corner inshallah) will be doing in the coming year!

Kayla

Friday, June 10, 2011

Week of 6/13 Events

FINANCE WEEK EVENTS

Mon June 13 (4PM) – Fundamentals of Finance Presentation

• Workshop on key financial metrics, financial statements, and tools for financial analysis

Tues June 14 (4PM) – Film: "Inside the Meltdown: What Happened to the Economy"
• We will watch a documentary about the recent financial crisis

Wed June 15 (4PM) – Ayoub Zaafouri from Shell Talks about Careers in Finance

*Thurs June 16 (4PM) – Kick-Off Stock Market Investing Competition

• I will introduce teams to the website we will use for investing in stocks (not for real just for pretend), and explain the rules of the game. Teams can research stocks and determine which picks to buy. The objective is to maximize return on their investments.

NON-FINANCE WEEK EVENTS

Mon June 13 @ 2:30PM - Mourad Brahmi presents "What Women Want"
, a workshop to help guys better understand girls and how to make them happy

Mon June 13 @ 6:00PM - Conversation Hour: The Arab Spring (facilitated by Kayla)

Tues June 14 @ 6:00PM - Conversation Hour: Women's Right (facilitated by Kayla)

Wed June 15 @ 6:00PM - Conversation Hour: Globalization or Education (you choose) (facilitated by Kayla)



Fri June 17 @ 3:00PM - Film: "Secondhand Lions"

Friday, June 3, 2011

Week of 6/6 Events

Marketing Week Events:

-Mon June 6 (4PM) – Marketing Workshop by Professor Madiha Ferjani from the Mediterranean Business School.

-Tues June 7 (4PM) – Guest Speaker on Careers in Marketing: Mondher Khanfir from Wiki Start-Up (located in AMIDEAST Central Park room)

• Mondher Khanfir is a Tunisian Social Entrepreneur. He is acting now as Investment Advisor at a private Venture Capitalist. He had actively contributed to the reinforcement of the civil society capacity in Tunisia, since he lead the ATUGE (Association des Tunisiens des Grandes Ecoles) from 2002 to 2007, then he joined the CJD Tunisia as counselor of the Executive Bureau, and later acted for a short but intensive period, including the Revolution, as Chief Executive Director at the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to his international background and significant track record as Senior Project Manager and as Foreign Trade Counselor for the Tunisian government, he developed a good understanding of international economies and trades policies.

Mr KHANFIR holds an Executive MBA from the Mediterranean School of Business of Tunis as well as an Engineer High School graduate, from Arts & M├ętiers ParisTech High School, with a Marketing certification from British Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He lately followed a special program on Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management training at RPI New York – USA.


-*Wed June 8 (4PM) – Preparation for Sandwich Selling Contest
• Students will be given around 15TD to buy ingredients to make sandwiches. They must decide what types of sandwiches they will make, how to promote their sandwich brand with posters and advertising, and how to price and sell their sandwiches. They will make their plans, and on Saturday, they will go to a public location (Menzah 6 in front on Monoprix) and try to sell their sandwiches to regular citizens. They will use this time to plan their strategy, pricing, sandwich types to make, and marketing plan.

-*Thurs June 9 (4PM) – Brainstorming and Designing a Tourism Marketing Campaign for Tunisia
• Teams of students will put together a marketing campaign to promote tourism in Tunisia. They will create a logo to market Tunisia and put together a concept presentation for an advertisement to encourage tourism in Tunisia


-* Sat June 11 (1PM-4PM) – Sandwich Selling Contest in Menzah 6 (in front of Monoprix)
• Sandwich selling teams will have 3 hours to sell sandwiches in Menzah 6. The team with the highest profit wins.


Other Events:

Mon 6/6 (3PM) - Special Event: Meet Kayla Sweeney, the new American Window Coordinator for Sousse!

Tues 6/7 (3PM) - Conversation Hour: "Tiger Moms" (about a Chinese mom's controversial philosophy of ultra strict parenting)

Wed 6/8 (3PM) - Special Event: Bye Bye Shannon Zimmerman! (come wish Shannon goodbye before she leaves Tunisia for the US)

Wed 6/8 (5PM) - AC Theater Club Final Performance (in Central Park room); come watch their play on the revolution

Thurs 6/9 (2PM) - AC Tunis and AC Cairo Virtual Summit Part 2: Addressing Economic Challenges and Corruption

Fri 6/10 (3PM) - Film: "The Infidel" (a comedy about a Muslim man who finds out that he is adopted and was originally Jewish.... laughs ensue)