Friday, March 30, 2012

Week of 4/2 Events

* This week our future American Corner Coordinator, Johanna Klees will be filling in at the American Corner while I am out of town. Please come in, say hello and get to know her! She will be leading the following events:

Mon 4/2 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: "The Richer Sex: Women are Overtaking Men as America's Breadwinners. Why that's Good for Everyone"

Tue 4/3 (4pm) - Guest Speaker, Jeff Albert on Water Purification

Wed 4/4 (4pm) - Easter Conversation Hour and Activities

Thur 4/5 (1:30pm) - Lanugage, Symbols and Slogans of the Tunisian Revolution at CEMAT

There will be talks by graffiti artists, photographers and literature professors, a concert and a catered reception (more details to come).
* Since we will tak a field trip to this event, the AC will close early at 1:30 pm.

Fri 4/6 (4pm) - Open Mic Night

Come with your poems, songs, one-man shows or whatever else you would like to present!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Week of 3/26 Events

Mon 3/26 (10:30am) - Tunisia Debates with John Tredway and a Delegation of US Debate Team on Freedom of Expression, Social Media and the Tunisian Revolution

Tue 3/27 (3pm) - AC Tunis - IRC Cairo Post-Elections Conversation Hour

Wed 3/28 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: Environmentalism in the United State led by Fahmi Garbaya

Thur 3/29 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: Religious Diversity in America

Fri 3/30 (3pm) - Film Screening: "127 Hours"

Friday, March 16, 2012

Week of 3/19 Events

Mon 3/19 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: Tunisian Independence

Tue 3/20 - THE AMERICAN CORNER AND AMIDEAST WILL BE CLOSED in observance of Tunisian Independence Day

Wed 3/21 (4pm) - Zebla Dégagé!

In honor of spring and Earth Day quickly approaching the American Corner Environment Volunteers will lead a trash pick up in Belvedere park! So, come with your gloves, trash bags and wear something comfortable.

Thur 3/22 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: Environmentalism in the United State led by Fahmi Garbaya

Fri 3/23 (3pm) - Film Screening: "The Social Network"

The film is the story of Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg who created Facebook. The film will be followed by discussion.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Change in Plans for Friday 3/16

* There will be a change of plans for Friday 3/16 (3pm) - Special Guest Speaker Erica Cochran will speak about enviromental and sustainable building practices and architecture


Erica Cochran is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Erica is a LEED Accredited Professional, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from CMU, and is working towards her PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics. Her teaching experience includes serving as an Adjunct Instructor for Master’s Synthesis courses, undergraduate design studio, LEED Buildings & Green Design, and working with the Remaking Cities Institute’s UDream program; a program which provides recent graduates a deeper understanding of urban design through research projects and paid internships. Erica is a co-award winner of the 2010 Isabel Sophia Liceaga Discretionary Fund Faculty Award and the 2009 first place winner of the George W. Anderson Graduate Student Award. Erica has also served as a studio critic at Pratt Institute and the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CMU, Erica served as a Project Manager and Project Designer for firms in New York City and Connecticut. Her architectural experience includes over ten years of experience with educational, media & broadcast, residential, community, and transportation facilities. She is also an active member of several community service and non-profit organizations. Erica’s doctoral research investigates the impact of school building and neighborhood physical and environmental characteristics on student and teacher health and performance in dense urban environments. She is also a contributing researcher for a Sustainable Engineering text book and serves on the research team for the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings Energy Innovation Hub.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Week of 3/12 Events

Mon 3/12 (3:30pm) - The Democratic Wave in the Maghreb: Is Algeria Next? by Professor John Entelis at CEMAT

* This means that the American Corner will close at 3:30 pm and we will walk to CEMAT together. The event will start at 5:00 pm.

Tue 3/13 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: American Political Campaigns

Wed 3/14 (4pm) - Conversation Hour: Saint Patrick's Day

Thur 3/15 (4pm) - Randa and Yosser's Cooking Club

Fri 3/16 (3pm) - Reading to Kids: American Corner Patrons will read to kids from SOS Gammarth

Friday, March 2, 2012

Week of 3/5 Events

Mon 3/5 (4pm) - Presentation on International Women's Day in Tunisia by Ahmed Jaouadi

Tue 3/6 (3pm) - Guest Speaker: Tom Kral on African American Women in Literature


Thomas Kral is a retired member of the Senior Foreign Service. During a career of more than 30 years as a Foreign Service Officer, he served in Turkey, Afghanistan, Philippines, Thailand, Russia and Washington DC, primarily as a specialist in English language education. Following his retirement from the State Department, he was the first chief of the Office of Education for the US Agency for International Development in the Philippines. Currently, he is a consultant for English language teaching and management. He is a native of Chicago Illinois and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wed 3/7 (4pm) - Poetry Reading and Workshop by poet, vocalist and actress, Gina Loring


Gina Loring is an accomplished poet, vocalist, actress, and workshop facilitator. As guest poet of the American Embassy, she has traveled to Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, and England. She was featured on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry, as well as on BET's Lyric Cafe, and TVOne’s newest hit show, Verses and Flow. Gina was honored as one of the winners of Queen Latifah's CoverGirl Persona Contest for female lyricsts, and was a featured performer at Eve Ensler's V-Day Atlanta, as well as in Adam Duritz's production at the Ojai Playwrights Festival. With a B.A. from Spelman College, and an M.F.A. From Antioch Unviersity, Gina was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, and is currently a volunteer creative writing teacher with Inside Out Writers, working with incarcerated teens. She is featured on De La Soul's album, “Are you in?” and The Brand New Heavies album “We Won't Stop,” and was a writer/ performer on Norman Lear’s nationwide "Declare Yourself" poetry tour. She lives in Los Angeles, and she believes in mermaids.

Thur 3/8 (3pm) - Tunisian Heritage Exhibition

Fri 3/9 (3pm) - Film Screening: Freedom Riders