Faculty-Staff Digest - (03/05/2013  @ 9:36 AM)

The Poets and the Assassin (Kathleen O'Connor)

Performance and discussion of a play by Reza Jalali
Presented by director Kati Vecsey and students from Bates College

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Iranian women live contradictory lives in an intensely traditional and patriarchal society. Veiled by the chador, unseen but seeing, they have found ways to resist, protest, and fight for equality. The Poets and the Assassin challenges stereotypical assumptions about Iranian women and offers historical and contemporary insights into their lives.

The playwright, Reza Jalali, is a Kurd from Iran who has lived in Maine since 1985, a human rights activist, Muslim scholar, and writer. He teaches at the University of Southern Maine and the Bangor Theological Seminary and serves as the Muslim chaplain at Bates College. He has written the foreword to New Mainers, a book about immigrants' experiences in Maine, and Moon Watchers, a children's book about a Muslim family at Ramadan.

Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, the Departments of Religion and Theater and Dance, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Student Programs, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Free and open to the public.