Video: Reflecting on the Virtual Dinner Guest Project

Participating in Eric Maddox’s Virtual Dinner Guest Project is a fantastic experience. Through the use of video conferencing technology, Virtual Dinner Guest invites people in different countries to sit at the same table, share a meal, and have a conversation.

At American University, we got to talk with people in Cairo about media, politics, and life in general through a series of dinners and a thought-provoking video exchange. They asked DC, Is America the best place to come to make a better life? We asked Cairo, What advice would you give to the next generation of Egyptians?

My colleagues Kristine Deveza and Jesselle Macatiag and I teamed up to film our parts of the AU video. We had such a good time that we wanted to share a bit more about why we were drawn to Virtual Dinner Guest, and what it was like to film on the streets of DC. Check out our behind-the-scenes video above.

The video was a bit of a challenge to make, because we had limited material to work with and limited time in which to work. We filmed outside to take advantage of the natural light, but without access to a mic, we had to sacrifice sound quality due to construction noises.

Overall, however, we hope our video provides some insight into the power and excitement of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project, and we encourage you to get involved with Virtual Dinner Guest in your own school or community.

Learn more about the Virtual Dinner Guest Project at and follow its progress on Facebook and Twitter. You can also read AU’s article about our participation in Virtual Dinner Guest, and check out my earlier posts on the project here:

The Virtual Dinner Guest Project: ‘Talking With Your Mind Full’
Video: Washington, DC on Making a Better Life in America
Video: Cairo’s Advice to the Next Generation


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