Oral history interview with Lisa S. Anderson, 2013.
President of American University in Cairo.
Scope and Contents
Youth on south shore of Long Island and interest in city life; education: Sarah Lawrence College, Tufts University, Columbia University; development of interest in Middle East; focus of dissertation research on state formation in Tunisia and Libya, support of Tunisian and Libyan archivists throughout research; appreciation of role as a university administrator; relocation and renovation of American University in Cairo (AUC); grant to AUC from Carnegie Corporation: developing innovative use of technology online and in classrooms, making Egypt and AUC more accessible to public; public lectures about current events in Egypt; role of AUC to serve Egypt: developing relevant technologies and vaccines, serving as bridge between local and global; participation of AUC faculty and students in Tahrir Square protests in Egyptian Revolution of 2011; revitalization of Egyptian Student Union and revolutionary spirit of students; increasing prevalence of political discussions in Egypt; discussion of American Political Science Association's approach to study of the Middle East; increasingly comparative and interpretive nature of useful political science studies; experiences of intergeneration learning in academic and personal life; unimpressive U.S. policies towards Egypt.
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