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The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society
A showcase of women artists of the Middle East

Events presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts

A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt
Friday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m.
A discussion on the role of women in Egypt’s recent political revolution by historian and women’s studies scholar from Georgetown University Margot Badran and Cairo-based writer Yasmine El Rashidi, whose collection of writings, The Battle for Egypt, was published recently by Random House and is one of the Hodder Fellows in residence at Princeton this year.
James M. Stewart '32 Theater


Reading: Themes in the Works of Middle East Women Writers
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Readings and panel discussion with writers including Mohja Kahf moderated by Abena Busia
James M. Stewart '32 Theater


Lifting a Secret by Nezaket Ekici

Thursday, October 4 from 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.
A living installation by Turkish-German artist Nezaket Ekici in which passages from her diary become revealed on walls in the theater, revealing her views on Turkish marriage traditions. Audiences are invited to visit the installation in progress from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and to return at 8:00 p.m. for the culminating performance
Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio


Scheherazade Goes West by Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Author, poet and vocalist Fawzia Afzal-Khan performs a piece that explores contradictions in gender and culture. Followed by a discussion with Jill Dolan, Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
185 Nassau Street


All events are free and open to the public

Visit the many other exhibitions and programs of The Fertile Crescent:  Gender Art and Society

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society is a showcase of women artists, writers, and scholars of the Middle East. Spearheaded by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art in partnership with the Lewis Center, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton Arts Council, Institute for Advance Study, and more than 40 other partners and venues throughout central New Jersey, the project will present over 50 exhibitions, performances, film screenings, symposia, readings, panel discussions and lectures from September through January.

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society has been made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; the Artis Foundation and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York ; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Harris Finch Foundation. Several programs were made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsoring departments including the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs also contributed to the funding as did Basem and Muna Hishmeh, along with other individuals. The Institute for Women in Art receives General Program Support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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