Egyptian professor to lecture on culture in Tocantins

28 de julho de 2016

São Paulo – The Egyptian professor and researcher Maged El Gebaly, chief of the Portuguese Language Department at Aswan University, will give two lectures and teach two mini-courses at the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), from this Thursday (28) through August 2.

El Gebaly holds a PhD in Languages from the University of São Paulo (USP). The lectures slated for July 28 and August 2 will see him discuss Intercultural Issues Involving Egypt and Brazil. The mini-courses, themed The Literature of Arab Immigration in Northern Brazil, will be on July 29 and August 2.

The professor created the first program in Portuguese language for Arab and African students. The first class in the program graduated on June 24, 2015 in a ceremony attended by the Brazilian ambassador in Cairo, Ruy Pacheco de Azevedo Amaral.

The UFT’s Portuguese Language Department sustains a cooperation agreement with Aswan University for the teaching of Brazilian Portuguese in Egypt. El Gebaly is one of the people in charge.

In an interview to the TV show of the Virtual University of the State of São Paulo (Univesp), El Gebaly asserted that the purpose of the project is to train professionals that can translate from Arabic into Portuguese and from Portuguese into Arabic. According to the professor, the students also research cultural subjects that are of mutual interest to Brazil and the Arab countries.

To El Gebaly, the teaching of languages is a way of helping curb the wave of violence in his area, which is one of Egypt’s poorest. According to him, by learning a different language, students learn to deal with differences on a day-to-day basis. He says the Egyptian university gets lots of students interested in Brazil’s experience with social issues such as fighting poverty.

Quick facts

Lectures and mini-courses with Maged El Gebaly
Araguaína Campus (PPGL Auditorium):
July 28, 2016, 7:30pm: Lecture “Intercultural issues between Egypt and Brazil”
July 7, 2016, 9am: Mini-course “Literature of Arab Immigration in Northern Brazil”
Address: Av. Paraguai, no number – on the intersection with Rua Uxiramas - Setor Cimba, Palmas, TO

Porto Nacional Campus (Auditorium):
August 1, 2016, 9am: Lecture “Intercultural issues between Egypt and Brazil”
August 2, 2016, 9am: Mini-course “Literature of Arab Immigration in Northern Brazil”
Address: Rua 03, Quadra 17, Lote 11, no number, Setor Jardim dos Ipês, Palmas, TO

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*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum