The Fertile Crescent:
Gender, Art, and Society

August 2012 - January 2013

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

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September 9, 2012, 2-4pm; 4pm Reception
Scott Lecture Hall & Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Moderator: Alison Bernstein

Speakers: Negar Ahkami, Margot Badran, Zeina Barakeh, Kelly Baum, Ayana Friedman, Fakhri Haghani, Fatimah Tuggar

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The East Bound Salt Route and the Crystal Islands
Ruthellen Stein Bloustein and Edward J. Memorial Lecture
Lecture

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September 10, 2012, 5pm
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Bloustein Memorial Lecture by Sigalit Landau
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Community Read Discussion: Once in a Promised Land  by Laila Halaby
Book discussion

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Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Discussion led by Sarah Islam
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A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt
Panel Discussion

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September 14, 2012, 5pm
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Moderator: Deepa Kumar

Speakers: Margot Badran and Yasmine El Rashidi

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Body, Ritual, Text: Reconciling Judaism and Feminism in Contemporary Israeli Art
The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program

Lecture

September 23, 2012, 7:30pm
College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University

Lecture by Paula Birnbaum
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A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
Author's Talk

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Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University

Discussion with Samar Yazbek
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The Middle East: Gender, Art and Politics
Panel Discussion

October 2, 2012, 4:30pm
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Moderator: Stanley N. Katz
Panelists: Zeina Barakeh, Sylvia Chan-Malik
, Max D. Weiss

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Reception for The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society

October 2, 2012, 6pm
Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Artists: Negar Ahkami, Ghada Amer, Zeina Barakeh, and Parastou Forouhar
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Middle East Women Writers: Themes, Works, and Live Readings
Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion

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October 3, 2012, 7:30pm
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Moderator: Abena Busia
Speakers: Natalie Handal
, Maysa Hayward
, Mohja Kahf

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ArtWalk in Princeton / The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society
Tour

October 4, 2012, 5-7pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

Tour of the Fertile Crescent exhibits at the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Public Library, Princeton University Art Museum, Bernstein Gallery, and a performance by artist Nezaket Ekici.
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Lifting a Secret
Performance

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October 4, 2012, Preparation: 2-8pm; Performance, 8 -10pm
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Performance by artist Nezaket Ekici
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Community Read Discussion: Women without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur
Book Discussion

imageOctober 9, 2012, 7pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Discussion led by Sarah Islam
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Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence Public Lecture
Reflections on the "Wounded Land Project (2000-2012)"
Lecture

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October 10, 2012, Reception: 5pm; Lecture: 5:30pm
Douglass Library, Rutgers University

Lecture by Arianne Littman
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Should Israel Exist?
Lecture

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October 11, 2012, 7pm
East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, NJ

Lecture by Dr. Michael Curtis
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Israeli Dance in the Fertile Crescent
Performance

October 14, 2012, 6pm
Loree Studio Theater, Douglass Residential Campus, Rutgers University

"Box Solo" from Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak's work "Rushes Plus"
Dance Performed by Mason Gross School of the Arts BFA candidate, Jessica Coldberg

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Israel in Fiction
Lecture

October 15, 2012, 7pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Lecture by Leora Skolkin-Smith
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Scheherazade Goes West
Performance and Discussion

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October 17, 2012, 7pm
The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Performance by Fawzia Afzul-Khan followed by discussion with Jill Dolan.
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The Arts in Contemporary India: A daylong exploration of contemporary art, music, dance, and film in India
Performances, panel discussions

October 19, 2012, 10:30am - 5:30 pm
Concert Hall, Music Building, The College of New Jersey

Speakers/Performers: TCNJ Dance Ensemble, Abhijit Bangerjee and the TARANG Ensemble, Rebecca Brown, Tejaswini Ganti, Kathryn Myers

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Artist Talk: Efrat Kedem

October 23, 2012, 7pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

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Reception for Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection
Opening Reception

October 24, 2012, 5-7pm
TCNJ Art Gallery- Art and Interactive Multimedia Building, The College of New Jersey

Artists: Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Sakti Burman, Arpana Caur, Shanti Dave, M.F. Hussain, Krishen Khanna, Seema Kohli, K.S. Kulkarni, Bari KumarMahjabin Majumdar, Nalini Malani, Kamal Mitra, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Sadequain, G.R. Santosh, Arpita Singh, F.N. Souza, and K.G. Subramanyan
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New Jersey Film Festival: Caramel by Nadine Labiki
Film Screening

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Voorhees Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University

Introduction: Jane Sloan
Discussant: Deepa Kumar

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New Jersey Film Festival: Women without Men by Shirin Neshat and Faridoun Farrokh
Film Screening

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Voorhees Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University

Introduction: Jane Sloan
Discussant: Golbarg Bashi

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Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: Fertile Crescent Film Series
Film Screenings

October 30  - November 10, 2012
Regal Theatre, North Brunswick, NJ

Dusk, 2010, Director: Alon Zingman
Five Brothers, 2010, Director: Alexandre Arcady
The Flat (Ha'Dira), 2011, Director: Arnon Goldfinger
Footnote, 2011, Director: Joseph Cedar
Foreign Letters, 2012, Director: Ela Thier
Free Men (Les Hommes Libres), 2011, Director: Ismael Ferroukhi
Hava Nagila (The Movie), 2012, Director: Roberta Grossman
Hitler's Children, 2011, Director: Chanoch Ze'evi
Kaddish for a Friend, 2011, Director: Leo Khasin
Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment, (2010), Director: Toby Perl Freilich
Lenin in October, 2010, Director: Evgeny Ruman
Life in Stills, 2011, Director: Tamar Tal
Music Man Murray, 2011, Director: Richard Parks
My Australia, 2011, Director: Ami Drozd
Nicky's Family, 2012, Director: Matej Minac
Orchestra of Exiles, 2012, Director: Josh Aronson
Remembrance, 2011, Director: Anna Justice

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Tales of Transformation
Concert

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

Concert performance by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra
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The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimiliationist
Performance

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November 5, 2012, 5:30pm
Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ

Performance by Betty Shamieh with introduction by Andreia Pinto-Correia.
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Iranian Film Festival: Offside
Film Screening

imageNovember 6, 2012, Reception: 5:30pm; Screening 6pm
NJC Lounge, Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University

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Art Talk & Reception

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

Artists: Samira Abbasy, Milcah Bassel, Ifat Shatzky, and Emna Zghal
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Women, Film, and Storytelling in the Middle East
Workshop

November 10, 2012
New Brunswick Public Library, New Brunswick, NJ

A hands-on filmmaking program for high school students
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Artist Talk: Nil Yalter

November 13, 2012, 4pm
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

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Community Read Discussion: Beirut Nightmares by Ghada Al Samman
Book Discussion

imageNovember 13, 2012, 7pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Discussion led by Sarah Islam
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Gender, Art, and Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Workshop for High School Teachers
Workshop

November 14, 2012 9am - 2:30 pm
Center for Historical Analysis, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University

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Persepolis
Film Screening

imageNovember 14, 2012, 7pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

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The Fertile Crescent: A New York Public Library Book Event
Book Discussion

November 14, 2012, 7pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, New York, NY

Speakers: Negar Ahkami, Kelly Baum, Judith Brodsky, Ferris Olin, Gilane Tawadros, Nil Yalter
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Songs of the Fertile Crescent
Concert

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

Concert followed by an onstage discussion with Betty Shamieh, Haleh Abghari, Füsun Köksal, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Robert Labaree
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Artist Talk: Siona Benjamin

November 15, 2012, 4pm
Stedman Gallery, Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University

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Iranian Film Festival: Daughters of the Sun
Film Screening

imageNovember 15, 2012, Reception: 5:30pm; Screening: 6pm
Livingston Campus Student Center, Rutgers University

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YES, YES, YES: A Guided Tour
Performance

November 17, 2012, 3pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

Performance by Ofri Cnaani
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Laurie Chair in Women's Studies Public Lecture by Gilane Tawadros
Lecture

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November 19, 2012, Reception: 5pm; Lecture 5:30pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library, Rutgers University

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Iranian Film Festival: Heiran
Film Screening

imageNovember 20, 2012, Reception: 5:30pm; Screening: 6pm
College Avenue Campus Student Center, Rutgers University

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Iranian Film Festival: Mainline/ We are Half of Iran's Population
Film Screening

imageNovember 28, 2012, Reception: 5:30pm; Screening: 6pm
College Avenue Campus Student Center, Rutgers University

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Lady Kul El-Arab by Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana
Film Screening

imageDecember 4, 2012, 7pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

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Fashioning the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora
Symposium, Performance, and Art Exhibit

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December 6, 2012 3 - 7pm
College Avenue Campus Student Center, Rutgers University

Moderator: Ousseina Alidou
Speakers: Sylviane Diouf, Meheli Sen
, Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Heather Marie Akou, Pallabi Chakravorty, Fakhri Haghani Musical Performance: Mandinka traditional music from Senegal
Dance Performance: Kathak by Courtyard Dancers Company
Out of the Closet: Fashion show of clothes & textiles from the Fertile Crescent
Everyday Islam Photographs by Annanya Dasgupta (Virtual exhibit)

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Ornament and Narrative: A Poetry Reading and Discussion of Art by Women of the Middle Eastern Diaspora
Lecture

December 6, 2013, 4pm
Stedman Gallery, Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University

Discussant: Rafey Habib
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Lecture by Lucette Lagnado

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December 11, 2012, 7pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ


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Parastou Forouhar, Friday (Freitag), 2003
Aludobond, 4 panels, each 86 x 170 cm
Image courtesy of the artist and RH Gallery

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