The Institute for Women and Art welcomes all visitors with disabilities. Please contact the IWA for further details and information regarding accommodation of specific needs at: womenart.rutgers.edu or 732-932-3726.

All Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society programming is free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Lifting a Secret:
Performance by Artist Nezaket Ekici

Thursday, October 4
Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University


185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

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Performance by Najla Said**EVENT CANCELLED

Saturday, October 6
Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University


185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

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"Box Solo" from Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak's work "Rushes Plus"
Dance Performance by Mason Gross School of the Arts dance B.F.A. junior Jessica Coldberg

Sunday, October 14, 6 pm
Loree Studio Theater, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University


70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Performance of Scheherazade Goes West by Fawzia Afzal Khan;
followed by discussion with Jill Dolan

Wednesday, October 17, 7 pm
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University


185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

Sponsored by: The Lewis Center, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University

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Tabla performance by Abhijit Banerjee and The TARANG Ensemble**

Friday, October 19, 8 pm
Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Hall, Music Building
The College of New Jersey


2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ

** To purchase tickets, please visit the link below.

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Songs of the Fertile Crescent: World premiere of suite of arias from the new opera, "Territories"
(Libretto by Palestinian American playwright Betty Shamieh and music by Andreia Pinto Correia),
Sung by Iranian soprano Haleh Abghari, and a selection of music featuring works by
Bushra El-Turk (Lebanon) and Füsun Köksal (Turkey)
**EVENT RESCHEDULED

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8 pm
Wolfenson Hall, Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ

On Stage Discussion Will Follow

Wolfenson Hall, Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study

The charismatic Dünya Ensemble will perform traditional Turkish songs portraying women. The concert will be followed by an onstage discussion with guests Betty Shamieh, Haleh Abghari, composer Füsun Köksal, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Robert Labaree.

Pre-registration is required. See link below for registration.

**NOTE: This concert was originally scheduled for November 1, but was moved to November 15 due to severe weather and travel disruptions associated with Hurricane Sandy. If you previously obtained tickets for the November 1 date, there is no need to re-register—the same tickets will be valid at the door on November 15.

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Tales of Transformation: Princeton Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 4pm
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University


Music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Richardson Auditorium
68 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov has partially revised the program to include delightfully exotic and uplifting music to cheer our storm-ravaged community:
Saint-Saens, Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Borodin, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
Rossen Milanov, conductor

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**Tickets are required for this event.
As a small gesture of support for the Princeton community, we are offering all remaining tickets at $25 each. These specially priced tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be purchased the following ways:

-By phone, at (609) 497-0020, through Friday, November 2 at 5 pm
-Online, using the discount code SANDY2012, through Saturday, November 3 at 5 pm
-At the Richardson Auditorium box office, beginning Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm



The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimiliationist:
Performance Art-Lecture by Betty Shamieh with Introduction by Andreia Pinto Correia

Monday, November 5, 2012, 5:30 pm
Crossroads Theater

7 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Sponsored by the English and Comparative Literature Departments, Office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Rutgers University; Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Princeton University; Basem and Muna Hishmeh

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YES, YES, YES: A Guided Tour ***EVENT POSTPONED
Performance by Ofri Cnaani

Saturday, November 17, 3pm

Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Cemetery, Princeton Public Library


The premiere performance of YES YES YES is a journey following ecstasy—its history, the way to reach it, and the fantasy of creating it—through six female characters and six machines. In a world where more and more people feel distant from life and believe that they are no longer excited enough by anything around them, ecstasy suggests a way of feeling something strongly about the world; it is a way to go through a total experience, both mental and physical, that brings us one step closer to life itself. This guided tour is an intellectual and emotional voyage following the height of emotion.

Sponsored by: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Public Library, Rutgers Institute for Women and Art

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Fashioning the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora

  • Out of the Closet: Clothes and Textiles from the Fertile Crescent
  • Everyday Islam Photographs by Annanya Dasgupta
  • Musical Performance: Mandinka, traditional music from Senegal
  • Dance Performance: Kathak by Courtyard Dancers Company

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3 - 7pm
Multipurpose Room, Student Center, Rutgers University

Moderator: Nida Sajid

Invited speakers: Moderator: Ousseina Alidou, Rutgers University; Sylviane Diouf, Schomburg Center; Meheli Sen, Rutgers University; Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University; Heather Marie Akou, Indiana University; Pallabi Chakraborty, Swarthmore College; Fakhri Haghani, Rutgers University

Student Center, Rutgers University
126 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Sponsored and Hosted by: AMESALL: The Department of African, Middle Eastern and
South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers

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