Monday, February 07, 2011

From Cairo To Professor Balla's Class

I received an e-mail the other day from a university administrator that, in a very small way, brought the turmoil in Egypt a little bit closer to home. You see, the university had fourteen students studying abroad in Cairo this semester. Now it goes without saying that these students have had their study abroad experiences cut short. One of the students, in fact, was tear gassed as he sought to take photographs in Tahrir Square as the protests began. (You can read about the experiences of several students in this article that was published in the GW Hatchet.)

So where does Professor Balla enter into this story? Well, the administrator who e-mailed me that day wanted to know whether I'd be open to allowing one of the returning students into a class I am currently teaching. Although we are fully three weeks into the semester already, the answer to this question was a no-brainer. It is through no fault of these students that they happened to land right in the middle of a revolution. So, yes, accommodations will have to be made. In the end, though, I'm sure that this student has already learned a lot about world politics this semester...

~Steve

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