The American Center Cairo (ACC)—the U.S. Embassy‘s primary cultural and educational center in Egypt—reopened its doors to visitors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador John Desrocher. Representatives from cultural and academic institutions, program partners, and community members joined in the celebration, where guests toured the ACC and learned about its free digital and print resources, technology programs, professional workshops, and cultural seminars.
Echoing the words of American inventor and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, Ambassador Desrocher heralded the opportunities presented by the ACC’s re-opening: “As Benjamin Franklin said, ’Out of adversity comes opportunity.’ During the pandemic, our American Center team expanded access to our resources through a new digital membership. For the first time, we can now reach audiences in every governorate in Egypt, and offer online access to thousands of American e-books, newspapers, magazines, films, and online programs.”
Located in the U.S. Embassy Cairo since 1996, the ACC offers English language resources, information about the United States, U.S. study and exchange program opportunities, skills-building workshops, and cultural activities. The ACC is part of the global American Spaces network, which consists of nearly 600 American Spaces in 137 countries, and in Egypt includes American Corners run by partners in Maadi and Alexandria.