Study School to immerse delegates in Egyptian culture

Published 27 January 2009

egyptflag.jpgMore than 240 members of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW will travel to the University of New England next week for an insight into the history, society, and arts of Egypt.

Egypt is the focus of this year’s CWA Weekend Country of Study School, beginning on Friday 6 February and continuing through the weekend. Organised by the UNE Conference Company and hosted by UNE’s Earle Page College, the annual Study School investigates a different country each year.

During a formal dinner at Earle Page College on Friday 6 February, the Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sydney, Mr Tarek Abousenna, will present delegates with a “Welcome to Egypt”. Mr Abousenna’s wife, Mrs Heba Abousenna, will also take part in the weekend’s program, presenting a lecture on “Egyptian Women in History”.

The presentations, in UNE’s Wright Centre, will include “Egypt’s contribution to world civilization” (by Rifaat Ebied, Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Sydney), “History of Egypt” (by Mrs Rose Soriel, President of the Egyptian Women’s Association of Australia), “Visual arts from Pharaohs to modern times” (by Mrs Mona Goubran, Secretary of the Australian Egyptian Council Forum), and “History of Egyptian migration to Australia” (by Mr Amir Salem, Chairman of the Australian Egyptian Council Forum).

Two UNE academics will speak about Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs – Professor Lynda Garland focusing on daily life, and Associate Professor Matthew Dillon on the pyramids. Dr Muhammad Gamal, a lecturer and Arabic linguist from the University of NSW, will present an entertaining review of Egyptian icons from the pyramids to Omar Sharif.

Dr Eman Sharobeem, Manager of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service, and Mrs Aziza Abdel Halim AM, President of the Muslim Women’s National Network of Australia, will speak about the role of women in Egyptian society.

The CWA Study School is an expression of the long-standing relationship between the University of New England and the Country Women’s Association of NSW. The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Alan Pettigrew, will welcome delegates to the University during the formal dinner, while the Armidale Dumaresq Mayor, Councillor Peter Ducat, will welcome them to Armidale.

The weekend will include entertainment provided by the Sydney-based troupe “Orientale Essence”. The troupe, trained by the renowned choreographer, teacher and performer Terezka Drnzik, will present a program of Middle Eastern music and dance.