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Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan will expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim cultures through the lens of performance. Join us as we explore the work of extraordinary artists from around the globe: each one bringing a distinct set of personal experiences and embedded in a particular place, society, and cultural tradition. Through this journey, we invite audiences to celebrate the complexity of Muslim women today, and the historical and cultural context from which they have emerged.

Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan is part of the Creative Campus Initiative of the Center for the Arts, and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters: Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Co-sponsored by the Hartford Seminary, the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, and the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut.

For Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan, the Center for the Arts has partnered with Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; Center for Community Partnerships; College of Letters; Dance Department; Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; French Studies; Green Street Arts Center; Middle Eastern Studies Certificate Program; Music Department; Muslim Students' Association; Office of Academic Affairs; Office of Equity and Inclusion; Office of Religious and Spiritual Life; Psychology Department Culture and Emotion Lab; R.A.W. (Rap Assembly at Wesleyan); Religion Department; the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund; South Asia Studies; Theater Department; and Turath House.

Media Sponsor: WESU 88.1FM.

To view past Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan events, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by University Professor of Music Sumarsam, this panel will discuss performing art as a space for expressing Indonesia-Islam encounters.
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Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Connecticut premiere by nine female traditional Acehnese dancers featuring songs and body percussion from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
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The Other Half of Tomorrow with Sadia Shepard ’97
The Other Half of Tomorrow with Sadia Shepard ’97
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM
Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace
Sadia Shepard ’97 presents her documentary film The Other Half of Tomorrow, which looks at contemporary Pakistan through the perspective of dynamic female change-makers: artists, activists, educators, politicians, and athletes.
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The Craft of Story: Narrative Strategies in Film and Writing
The Craft of Story: Narrative Strategies in Film and Writing
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
The Russell House
In this literary talk, Sadia Shepard ’97 will discuss narrative strategies in writing and film.
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Omnia Hegazy
Omnia Hegazy
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and maqam-based Arabic folk with politically charged lyrics.

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Opening Reception: Muslim Women’s Voices - A Photography Exhibition
Opening Reception: Muslim Women’s Voices - A Photography Exhibition
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America.
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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall
Lebanese American writer and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 presents a work-in-progress showing of a collaborative commissioned theatrical work.
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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall
Lebanese American writer and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 presents a work-in-progress showing of a collaborative commissioned theatrical work.
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