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Cablegate: Tunis Weekly Public Diplomacy Outreach Report, June

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS TUNIS 001203

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR NEA/MAG (WELLS, LAWRENCE), NEA/PD (GLAZIER, QUINN,
AGNEW), IIP/G/NEA-SA (WINCHESTER, KUYUMCU), ECA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO SCUL OIIP OEXC TS
SUBJECT: Tunis Weekly Public Diplomacy Outreach Report, June
2 - June 6, 2005


In Second Shared Futures Event, 40 High School Students From
Kelibia Visit American Center and Receive Bags

1. On June 2, 40 high schoolers and two of their English
teachers from Kelibia, a small fishing port one and a half
hours from Tunis, visited the American Center as part of an
educational field trip during which they spent half a day at
the Embassy, touring the IRC, surfing the net and admiring
the American art works exhibited on the premises. An
AMIDEAST representative, Leila Zahmoul made a Powerpoint
presentation through which she introduced the YES, PLUS and
Fulbright programs and gave an overview on the AMIDEAST
homestay program in the US. The economic and political
specialist in the MEPI office, Wahid Labidi also addressed
the group focusing on the importance of voluntary and
associative work and how MEPI assists in that respect. The
session closed with the DCM and PAO taking questions and
distributing Shared Future bookbags to all participants.
The students also received copies of HI Magazine and other
IIP materials.

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Result: 40 High School students from a remote city gain a
better knowledge of the services offered by the Embassy and
gain a better understanding of the US and its people. They
receive a concrete token of friendship from the American
people.

Fulbright Scholar Conducts Round Table on Women's Views of
Native Americans for American Studies Students and Scholars

2. On June 2, Fulbright scholar Starr Ackley conducted a
round table discussion with more than 50 American Studies
students and scholars on "A Positive View of Native
Americans: Or What Women Saw than Men did Not" in which she
examined women's writings about Native Americans. Her
approach offered a different view of Native Americans than
that found in much of the literature. Starr drew on her
three-year experience as a Fulbright scholar in Tunisia to
present a rich and challenging look at American literature
about Native Americans.

Result: More than 50 American studies scholars gain more
insight of the literary texts dealing with Native Americans.
BALLARD

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