Heba El Rafey, Director of Public Relations and International Communications,
visited the Baltimore-Washington area July 22 – 25
as a guest of Friends of the BA Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and
the Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee. Ms. El Rafey graduated from London University and has lived in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Italy. At the BA, she oversees Youth Activities, engaging Egyptians 18-35 years old in entrepreneurship, civic work and youth culture and understanding. She also maintains connections with the 15 + countries belonging to the International Friends of the BA.
The Ancient Alexandria Library Anew for the 21st Century
Alexandria, Egypt, was a world center of knowledge and learning in the third century BCE, when its ancient library gathered scrolls and scholars from around the world. Learn how the Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA) in the 21st century is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original library.
o Tuesday, July 23 Diplomacy Center, U.S. State Department with Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW); the CEO of the Diplomacy Center, which houses the new U.S. Diplomacy Museum is Mary Kane, former executive director of Sister Cities International, who will introduce the event.
o Wednesday, July 24 - Library of Congress, including tour and meeting on future collaboration opportunities
o Wednesday July 24 George Washington University & Textile Museum - hosted by the American Research Center in Egypt
o Thursday, July 25 Presentation at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, followed by short walk to the Walters Art Gallery for guided tour of the Egyptian collection by Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator, Art of the Mediterranean.
o Friday, July 26 Visit to Friends of the Library Montgomery County (Maryland) used bookstore and meeting with FOLMC Executive Director Ari Brooks