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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

Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Md Nor
Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Md Nor
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)

Mohd Anis Md Nor, Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at  the Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts), University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, will discuss Islam, music, and dance in Southeast Asia.

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Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party
Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall

Hear from Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party about her experiences as a Muslim woman artist both in America and abroad in Pakistan and India.

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Riffat Sultana and Party
Riffat Sultana and Party
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The New England debut of Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party. Her divinely soulful voice evokes her musical ancestry, blending Indian and Pakistani influences with guitar, tabla, dhol, bansuri, and harmonium.
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Artist Talk: Ghada Amer
Artist Talk: Ghada Amer
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Romance Languages and Literatures Lounge, 300 High Street
Egyptian artist Ghada Amer will discuss how her paintings explore female desire and its representation(s) using female figures sewn onto canvas and partially hidden behind threads and paint.
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Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan
Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
Veronica Doubleday, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London University, considers the emotional impact of songs and dance from the western Afghan city of Herat.
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Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
London vocalist Veronica Doubleday accompanies her singing of Persian-language texts on daireh frame drum, and John Baily joins her on the two-stringed dutar lute.
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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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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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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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