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‘Egypt After Mubarak’ Panel Discussion Set at Camden County College


A scholar who recently returned from Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt will share her firsthand experiences of the uprising that brought about the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak and discuss what happens next when she participates in a panel discussion at Camden County College on March 1.


“Egypt After Mubarak” is being presented by the College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center and African Studies Center. The discussion will take place beginning at 7 p.m. in Civic Hall, which is located inside the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township.


The panelists for “Egypt After Mubarak” will include Marie Grace Brown, a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania History Department who is studying the questions of nationalism and feminism in Egypt and Sudan during the independence movement in the 1950s. She returned recently from Egypt, where she witnessed the unrest preceding the historic uprising that culminated in the end of Mubarak’s nearly 30 years as president.


Also on the panel will be Heba Fadel, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ain Shams University in Cairo and is pursing a master’s degree in linguistics. Although not returning to Egypt until June, she is keeping abreast of the situation through her family and friends at home.


Attendees will learn about likely alternative futures for the nation, which could be an Iranian, Indonesian or uniquely Egyptian model. They also will review the potential roadblocks to democracy. Finally, they will consider the implications of this revolution in regard to the United States, Israel and the rest of the Middle East.


“Egypt After Mubarak” is free and open to any member of the College or local community who would like to attend. The panel discussion will hold particular value for educators, as it will help teachers translate a world historical event into a teachable moment for students at any age. Official New Jersey Professional Development credit is available for attendance to state-certified educators.


For additional information or to attend, contact the Camden County College Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333 or via e-mail at

Published: February 18, 2011