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East -west: The Art of dialogue

East -west: The Art of dialogue
An initiative of the Shafik Gabr Foundation
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Shafik Gabr

Shafik Gabr

Erin Burnett, Sen. John Sununu, Lally Weymouth & James Zogby

 

 participated in

East-West: The Art of Dialogue

Seeking dialogue between the Arab and Western Worlds

Egyptian Businessman Shafik Gabr

Launches Foundation To Seek Peace

 

Two important panel discussions on East West relations were presented by the new
 Shafik Gabr Foundation on
Monday, December 3, 2012 in NYC
  Both panels were free and open to the public and were moderated by Erin Burnett.

Panel One  Early Globalists:
What Do the Orientalist Travelers Have to Teach Us Today?

  • Nayan Chanda,
    Editor YaleGlobal Online, Yale Center for the Study for the Study of Globalization

  • Sanford Climan,
     President, Entertainment Media Ventures

  • Hussein Fahmy,
    Actor and Regional Ambassador of Goodwill to the Special Olympics and former President of the Cairo International Film Festival

  • Lord Poltimore,
    Deputy Chairman, Sotheby's

Panel Two Beyond Government Diplomacy:
 How Can We Address East West Challenges

  • Sir Graeme Lamb,
     Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and
    former Commander of the UK Field Army at Land Command

  • Brian Sullivan,
    "Street Signs" Co-Anchor, CNBC

  • Senator John Sununu,
    New Hampshire 2003 – 2009

  • Ms. Lally Weymouth,
     Senior Associate Editor, Washington Post

  • James Zogby,
    President, Arab American Institute

 

A private dinner  followed in the  evening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s
The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

 These are just the first in a series of initiatives to build bridges between the Arab world and the West, and follow similar events in London two weeks prior where the participants included former prime minster Tony Blair.

 Entitled “East-West: The Art of Dialogue”,
 the initiative will sponsor exchanges between young and emerging leaders in the arts, sciences, law, media, business and social entrepreneurship drawn from the Arab world and the West.

Speaking at the London event, Mr Shafik Gabr, the Egyptian investor, art collector and philanthropist, whose idea this initiative is and whose Foundation is providing the funding to make it possible, said:

“Governments and their diplomats have failed.  If we are ever to have understanding private citizens must reach out and find a common ground.  In today’s world we have instant access to immediate global communications of every type, but even so we don’t understand each other. As a result, I’m afraid we are on a trajectory that can lead to more conflict than resolution. I hope that by giving emerging leaders in the Arab world and the West the opportunity to know each other, and talk to each other, rather than at each other, and collaborate in joint projects that this can create better bridges of understanding, that such positive developments can have a ripple effect across time and space, and give the next generation better opportunities than we have given them so far,” he added.

The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, the former UK Prime Minister, speaking at the London inaugural event said: “The future of the region lies, in my view, in the creation of open societies and economies. The only solution is when people believe they can live together, regardless of their differences. I think this concept of cultural exchange is really, really important. You can’t understand some of these issues unless you understand the different cultural perceptions,” concluded Tony Blair.

About The Shafik Gabr Foundation

The initiative is in part inspired by Mr Shafik Gabr’s passion for the European and American artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries who travelled to the Middle East and immersed themselves in the local culture and way of life.  By sponsoring a series of exchange visits in which participants, the Gabr fellows, will have the chance to experience each others’ cultures and societies at first hand, the Shafik Gabr Foundation aims to help reverse the erosion of public understanding and trust and rediscover the profound commonalities and the enriching differences between East and West.

Targeting twenty candidates aged 24-30, initially drawn from Egypt, Bahrain, the US and UK, The Art of Dialogue programme will help promote professional and personal relationships that bridge the cultural divides.  The candidates will be tasked with developing creative projects that leverage their exchange experience and reach out beyond their home communities to a wider public. These projects will be presented at a conference in Washington, DC in November 2013,
 which they themselves will help shape organize.

 Similar events will take place in Paris, Istanbul and Cairo in 2013.

 The launch also coincides with the publication of
 “Masterpieces of Orientalist Art: The Shafik Gabr Collection.”

Mr Shafik Gabr also said:

 “Despite the massive growth of access to electronic and social media in recent years, empathy and understanding between the Arab World and the West have declined, curiosity is ebbing and stereotypes risk hardening into caricature. The long-term implications for relations between East and West are deeply worrying".

Mr. Shafik Gabr continued:
“The Orientalist traveller painters, whom I call the early globalists, demonstrated through first-hand portrayals of the Arab World the power of close observation to transcend stereotypes and engender empathy and informed understanding.

“Rebuilding the bridges that once existed is what “East-West: The Art of Dialogue” aims to achieve.  I believe passionately in the power for good that can result,” he concluded.

 

About Shafik Gabr

 Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, is an international business leader, philanthropist, and one of the worlds leading collectors of Orientalist art.

The ARTOC Group is a multi-disciplined investment holding company with interests in steel, the automotive industry, engineering and technical services, consumer products, energy, publishing, real estate and construction.

Mr Shafik Gabr is Chairman of Egypt’s International Economic Forum and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.  He serves on Yale University President’s Council on International Activities, is a Global Leadership Council Member at the Brookings Institution and also serves on the Advisory Boards of MIT’s Center for International Studies. His Foundation for Social Development has made a major contribution to improving elementary school education and medical and health services in the poorest areas of Cairo.

About the Shafik Gabr Collection

Mr Shafik Gabr’s collection comprises some of the finest examples of the great masters of Orientalism including Jean-Léon Gérome, Ludwig Deutsch, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, David Roberts, Gustav Bauernfeind, David Roberts, John Frederick Lewis, Étienne Dinet and Jacques Majorelle. Over the years, it has become one of the most complete tributes to the world of Orientalism.  A new, lavishly illustrated book, Masterpieces of Orientalist Art: The Shafik Gabr Collection, reflects its importance in the art world and includes essays by some of the most distinguished experts in the field.  Published by A.C.R. EDITION, Paris, to place an order contact ACC
at
800.252.5231 or sales@antiquecc.com

 

FOR INFORMATION ON

THE SHAFIK GABR FOUNDATION:

http://eastwestdialogue.org

 

Shafik Gabr, Brian Sullivan Julie Sultan

Shafik Gabr, Brian Sullivan Julie Sultan

Shafik Gabr

Eleanor Kennedy, Tom Gartes

Eleanor Kennedy, Tom Gartes

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Shafik Gabr, Muna Rihani

Bruce & Barbera Winston

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Jay Fossett, Marta Galecki, Caitlin Kelly

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