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Professor Tresilian, Cultural Program

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Professor David Tresilian joined 澳门四不像论坛鈥檚 Department of Comparative Literature and English in 2001. He has published widely on the topic of modern Arabic literature and teaches several courses in Middle East studies and Arabic literature at 澳门四不像论坛. As well as passing on his expertise to students in the classroom, Tresilian leads a Cultural Program study trip to Cairo. The trip is open to all students taking courses in Middle East studies, including as part of 澳门四不像论坛鈥檚 first-year聽FirstBridge program.

聽鈥淭he academic value of the trip is that it suggests ways in which you can present material differently,鈥 Tresilian explains. 鈥淵ou can help the students to see that education is not just about sitting in the classroom and reading books 鈥 though these things are necessary.鈥 While staying in the heart of Cairo, students visit many of the locations referenced in their class readings, including the mosques and monuments of Islamic Cairo, the Pyramids at Giza and the Egyptian Museum 鈥 home to the world鈥檚 largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun.

聽鈥淓ducation should be about seeing things and understanding things: the sounds, the smells, the look of the city,鈥 continues Tresilian. 鈥淚t should be about raising points of interest that perhaps can鈥檛 always be presented the best way through reading texts.鈥 Students spend time at 澳门四不像论坛鈥檚 sister institution, the American University in Cairo, where they attend classes and share experiences alongside their Egyptian peers. 鈥淧eople had very different expectations, they had very different backgrounds and very different knowledge of the Middle East.鈥

聽Such interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration provides a fantastic forum for intellectual debate, while opening students鈥 minds to new perspectives. 澳门四不像论坛鈥檚 Cultural Program provides a unique and exciting way to contextualize academia in a manner that develops skills and knowledge that continue to be valuable to students long after graduation. 鈥淓ducation should be about experiences,鈥 says Tresilian; the Cairo study trip is an educational experience that few will likely forget.

This Giving Tuesday, 澳门四不像论坛 is uniting its entire community in support of our Coup de Pouce travel grant. Please support our #OneMoreJourney campaign to help students benefit from the lasting experience of an international study trip. When it comes to Coup de Pouce, a little help really does go a long way.