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

Symposia




The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society
in the Middle East Diaspora: Symposium and Reception

September 9, 2012, 2 - 4pm
Scott Lecture Hall, Rutgers University **LOCATION CHANGE

Moderator: Alison Bernstein, Director Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers University

Speakers: Negar Ahkami (artist), Margot Badran (Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars), Zeina Barakeh (artist), Kelly Baum (Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Ayana Friedman (artist), Fakhri Haghani (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers), and Fatimah Tuggar (artist)

43 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
Entrance on the green, to the side of the Zimmerli

Reception to follow, hosted by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
4pm

71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Book Art Symposium:
Middle East Women Artists’ Books on the Edge

**EVENT POSTPONED

Friday, November 2, 2012, 9am - 3pm
Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

Organizer: Michael Joseph
Artists: Patricia Sarrafian Ward other artists TBA

102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ

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Panels




Panel and Reception for Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society
Exhibition Opening

Tuesday, October 2, 4:30pm
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University

Prospect Avenue at Washington Road
Princeton, NJ

Moderator: Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
Panelists: Zeina Barakeh (artist), Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University), Max D. Weiss (Princeton University)

Reception to follow, hosted by the Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University
Robertson Hall, lower level
Princeton, NJ
6pm

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Themes in the Works of Middle East Women Writers
Live Readings by Middle East Women Writers

Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 pm
James Stewart Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

185 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ

Moderator: Abena Busia (Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers)
Speakers: Natalie Handel (Columbia), Maysa Hayward (Ocean County College), Mohja Kahf (University of Arkansas)

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The Fertile Crescent: A New York Public Library Book Event

Wednesday, November 14, 6-8pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library

476 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

Speakers: Negar Ahkami, Kelly Baum, Judith K. Brodsky, Ferris Olin, Gilane Tawadros, and Nil Yalter

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Read about it in the NY Times



Fashioning the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora Panel

  • 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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Lectures




Sigalit Landau: The East Bound Salt Route and the Crystal Islands

Monday, September 10, 5pm
Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

33 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ

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Female Suicide Bombers: A Discussion

Wednesday, September 12, time TDA
Location TBA, Rutgers University


Speakers:  V.G. Julie Rajan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, author of Women Suicide Bombers: Narratives of Violence and Laila Shawa, artist


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A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt with Margot Badran and Yasmine El Rashidi

Friday, September 14, 5 pm
James Stewart Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Speakers: Margot Badran (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaheed ibn Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University)
and Yasmine El Rashidi (Hodder Fellow, Lewis Center for the Arts) moderated by Deepa Kumar (Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies Departments, Rutgers University)
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

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The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program: Lecture by Paula Birnbaum (University of San Francisco)
Body, Ritual, Text: Reconcilling Judaism and Feminism in Contemporary Israeli Art

Sunday, September 23, 7:30pm
Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue, Rutgers University

126 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ

Sponsor: The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life

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Samar Yazbek, novelist, journalist, and political exile:
A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Thursday, September 27, 7 pm
Douglass Campus Center Lounge, Rutgers University

100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ

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Arianne Littman Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence
Public Lecture and Reception

Wednesday, October 10
Reception: 5pm, Lecture: 5:30pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University

8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Sponsors at Rutgers: Art History Department, Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University Libraries, The Feminist Art Project.

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Should Israel Exist? A Sovereign Nation
Under Attack by the International Community

Lecture by Dr. Michael Curtis

Thursday, October 11, 7pm
East Brunswick Public Library


2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive
East Brunswick, NJ


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Israel in Fiction
Author Talk by Leora Skolkin Smith

Monday October 15, 7 p.m.
Community Room of Princeton Public Library

65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ

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Artist Talk by Efrat Kedem

Tuesday October 23, 7pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

102 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542

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Art Talk followed by Exhibition Reception: Ifat Shatzky and Mary Cross

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7 - 9pm
Princeton Public Library

65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ

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Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas
Artist Lecture by Siona Benjamin

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 4pm
Stedman Gallery, Rutgers Camden
Reception to follow

Third and Pearl Sts.
Camden, NJ 08102

The painter Siona Benjamin, who resides in New Jersey, will discuss the ideas animating her work as well as how her cultural heritage has influenced her practice. "I am an artist originally from Bombay, India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. My work reflects my background and the transition between my old and new worlds."
Her work in Ornament and Narrative features the installation Lilith and paintings from her recent series Improvisation that draw on traditional images, cultural references and styles from her Indian-Jewish heritage, transformed through her own unique, contemporary pop cultural sensibility. The work synthesizes seemingly disparate elements from her rich multi-cultural background, and elements of both her old and new worlds.

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Ornament and Narrative: A Poetry Reading and Discussion of Art
By Women of the Eastern Diaspora

Discussion led by Rafey Habib

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 12:20pm
Stedman Gallery, Rutgers Camden

Third and Pearl Sts.
Camden, NJ 08102

Reception to follow

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Lecture by Egyptian Author Lucette Lagnado
Author of The Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth,
From Ciaro to Brooklyn
and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

Monday, December 17, 2012 7pm
Princeton Public Library

65 Witherspoon Street, 2nd Floor Fireplace Area
Princeton, NJ

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