Forum to address how media shape perceptions of the Middle East and the West

Kennesaw State hosts Atlanta’s first Egyptian−American dialogue

Georgia (Apr 1, 2009) — Forum to address how media shape perceptions of the Middle East and the West

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Forum to address how media shape perceptions of the Middle East and the West
Kennesaw State hosts Atlanta’s first Egyptian−American dialogue

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 1‚ 2009)
— Two journalists working in Egypt and America will tackle sensitive issues of the media−fueled stereotypes and negative perceptions Middle Easterners and Americans hold about each other during a public forum at Kennesaw State University on Sunday‚ April 5.

The forum — a joint project of Kennesaw State’s Center for Conflict Management‚ the Washington‚ D.C.−based Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS)‚ and Egypt’s Forum for Intercultural Dialogue — is part of an ongoing series of American− Egyptian dialogues held in the U.S. and Egypt since 2004. Kennesaw State is hosting the first gathering of university professors‚ journalists and civil activists who participate in the periodic dialogues in metro Atlanta.

Hosting the dialogue reflects Kennesaw State’s university−wide global learning goals and it expanding relationships with Egypt. Last spring KSU signed an agreement with the Egyptian University Sports Federation (EUSF) to advance athletic opportunities for persons with disabilities in Egypt and partnerships with two Egyptian universities to promote faculty and student exchanges. Linda Johnson‚ director of the university’s Center for Conflict Management and a HANDS board member‚ took 22 students on two study−abroad trips to Egypt last year.

Featured journalists participating in the forum:
Amina Shafik‚ a columnist with Egypt’s Al Ahram newspaper‚ who served as the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s first female secretary−general and is active in the country’s National Council on Women.

Mona Eltahawy‚ a New York City−based syndicated columnist and journalist of Egyptian descent‚ is an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. Eltahawy was the first Egyptian to report for a Western news agency in Israel. Her columns have appeared in the International Herald Tribune‚ The Washington Post‚ the pan−Arab Asharq al Awsat newspaper and Qatar’s Al−Arab. Eltahawy appears frequently as a guest analyst on cable and network television and radio programs on ABC‚ PBS‚ CNN‚ MSNBC‚ VOA‚ Fox‚ NPR and the BBC.

When and Where:
Sunday‚ April 5‚ 7 – 9 p.m. in the Atrium of the Social Sciences Building (#22) at Kennesaw State University‚ 1000 Chastain Rd.‚ Kennesaw‚ Ga. 30144. The public is invited. For more information on the American−Egyptian dialogues‚ visit


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit