Got a few minutes? Join us on #MentorTalks and you’ve got a mentor!

MentorTalks is a monthly, interactive video series that puts you in touch with extraordinary exchange alumni leaders and mentors on a variety of topics. The series runs on Facebook and occasionally on Instagram. You get a chance to learn about each mentor and their work, and then ask them questions live, all in 30 minutes or less (per guest).

Dr. Zahi Hawass, also known as Egypt’s Indiana Jones, joined MentorTalks to discuss his career, the importance of passion, his most important discoveries, and upcoming events.

“When I open a tomb and see for the first time a statue, it captures my heart,” Dr. Hawass says, explaining that the thrill of discovery keeps him going – and it is a feeling like none other.

“The most important thing is passion. You can study Egyptology, but if you have passion, it will make you a great archaeologist and it can take you to the top,” he said.

Dr. Hawass added: “I do not believe that I live in this world. I really believe that I’m still living in the world of the pharaohs. In my dreams, in my sleep, in my writing – when I wake up, I live with those great people who created great civilizations.”

By fully immersing himself in this passion, Dr. Hawass has built a long-standing career in archaeology, stepping into various roles including Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs.

During this MentorTalks episode, Dr. Hawass also discussed his most recent project, an upcoming art exhibition entitled, “Forever is Now.” The project is the first international art exhibition of its kind in the 4,500 year history of the Giza Pyramids.

He credits his partner, Nadine Ghaffar, in helping to come up with a name. The two words, they believe, aptly capture the essence of the project, which reflects the enduring talent for creating art that represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art. The exhibition is organized by Art D'Égypte with support by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Learn more about Dr. Hawass, his career and numerous discoveries, and how cultural heritage can foster a dialogue on an international scale in this episode of MentorTalks on Facebook.


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