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First Day of Teaching

My spartan office at AUC

My spartan office at AUC

On Sunday, I taught my first classes at AUC. My Intro to Sociology class, which was to meet at 2pm, actually met at 1:15; and my Gender and Power in Development class, which was to meet at 3:30pm, actually met at 8pm. This was the modified schedule because of Ramadan, where late afternoon classes were moved to either later or earlier so students, staff and faculty could go home to celebrate the Iftar, or breaking-the-fast meal.

My Intro class had all Egyptian students. About 18 of 29 registered showed up. They all speak English quite well, and are fairly sophisticated–they are very aware of American pop culture and pretty much all have traveled to either the US or Europe. Many want to work outside Egypt, but many also want to stay and help reform Egypt.

My Gender class was different. About 8 of 14 showed up (more than I thought because of the late hour and being right after Iftar), and 6 of them were US students studying here at AUC for a short time (one year study abroad). The two Egyptian students were men–and were interested in the topic! None of my Intro students are sociology majors; all of my Gender students are sociology majors! Overall, it was a good start to the semester and I look forward to the Wednesday version of the Intro class (Gender meets only one day a week for 2.5 hours).

Here are some pictures of the beautiful AUC campus. I have yet to hear how all of it was financed–how much from the US, and how much from wealthy Egyptians (most of the buildings are named for some Egyptian). The new campus was 7 years in the making, and cost $425 millsion (way over the projected cost of $300 million).

Building that houses the Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology department

Building that houses the Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology department

 

One of the many beautiful fountains on AUC campus

One of the many beautiful fountains on AUC campus

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