Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is not your typical pianist. She is an Ethiopian Orthodox nun currently living in Jerusalem whose compositions incorporate the traditional Ethiopian five-note scale with jazz rhythms. Born into nobility, she fled to the Guishen Maryam monastery at 19 and lived a quiet life of prayer. She was educated internationally in music, first at a Swiss boarding school and later in Egypt with Polish violinist Alexander Kontorowicz. At 93 years old, Guèbrou works for the Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchy in Jerusalem where she continues to compose, and her foundation provides music education camps to children in the U.S. and Israel.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."