Oral history interview with Lisa S. Anderson, 2013


Anderson, Lisa S (Interviewee)
Gavrilis, George (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Lisa S. Anderson, 2013
Youth on south shore of Long Island and interest in city life; education: Sarah Lawrence College, Tufts University, Columbia University; development of interest in Middle East; focus of dissertation research on state formation in Tunisia and Libya, support of Tunisian and Libyan archivists throughout research; appreciation of role as a university administrator; relocation and renovation of American University in Cairo (AUC); grant to AUC from Carnegie Corporation: developing innovative use of technology online and in classrooms, making Egypt and AUC more accessible to public; public lectures about current events in Egypt; role of AUC to serve Egypt: developing relevant technologies and vaccines, serving as bridge between local and global; participation of AUC faculty and students in Tahrir Square protests in Egyptian Revolution of 2011; revitalization of Egyptian Student Union and revolutionary spirit of students; increasing prevalence of political discussions in Egypt; discussion of American Political Science Association's approach to study of the Middle East; increasingly comparative and interpretive nature of useful political science studies; experiences of intergeneration learning in academic and personal life; unimpressive U.S. policies towards Egypt.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Education, Higher--Africa; Libraries--Africa; Middle East specialists; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Endowments; Egypt; Anderson, Lisa S; Gregorian, Vartan; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
35 pages. + index; 1 digital video file (67 min.)
Note (Biographical)
President of American University in Cairo.
Interviewed by George Gavrilis on April 30, 2013.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Lisa S. Anderson
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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