North Park Students Travel to Egypt


CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2008) – Forty-three North Parkers leave today for a ten-day traveling seminar to Pharonic, Christian, and Islamic Egypt. Organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the trip includes 37 students and five North Park University faculty and their spouses. Among the sites visited will be the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, the pyramids in Giza, the new library in Alexandria, the Egyptian and Coptic Museums in Cairo, and sites of Coptic Christian and Islamic history. The group will meet the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, upon whom North Park bestowed an honorary doctoral degree in 1999.

Other gatherings will include a briefing by faculty from Al-Azhar University, the preeminent Sunni center in the Muslim world, and meetings at the American University of Cairo. Recreational highlights include a day of swimming and snorkeling at the Red Sea and climbing Mt. Sinai to watch the sunrise, followed by a tour of St. Catherine's Monastery.

The trip ends with two days in Alexandria, worshipping at a Coptic Evangelical church on Palm Sunday, and visiting the new library on the site of the historic ancient library of Alexandria. The tour will be led by Dr. Donald Wagner, director of the center for Middle Eastern studies, and Provost Dr. Joseph Jones and his wife, Yvette, will also travel with the students.