OPENING RECEPTION Friday, Feb 18th 6pm-9pm
Join us for the opening reception of the exhibit....
At 6pm---in the InFlux room, an artist panel/discussion moderated by Joyce Lyon will take place with several featured Minnesota artists; Megan Rye, Monica Haller, Aaron McLeod and Jane Powers. Iraqi artist Sundus Abdul Hadi participates via Skype. The discussion will be supplemented by Iraqi music courtesy of pianist Salam Murtada. Afterward, the gallery will be open for browsing and further informal Q&A sessions with artists will take place at 7:30pm. The entire evening is flexible and accessible, please arrive and depart when convenient... Event is free and open to the public. Complimentary hors'devours and beverages.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, March 4th 7pm-9pm
Effects of the Ongoing War in Iraq: Devastation and Democracy?
On March 4, a panel discussion will ask respected Iraqi and American voices to explore the effects of the ongoing war in Iraq. With Egypt and Tunisia both experiencing massive popular movements for more democratic political systems, where does Iraq stand after nearly 8 years of a U.S.-led war justified, in part, by claims of "bringing democracy to the Middle East"? While some U.S. government officials and analysts had hoped prior to the 2003 American invasion that Iraq would become a model of democracy in the Middle East, the war and its effects have kept Iraq focused on security and basic needs, while leaving deep scars on the U.S. and Americans involved in the war. What should be the future U.S. role in Iraq and the Middle East more generally?
The panel will be moderated by Harry Boyte, Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and panelists will be Wes Davey (Iraq War veteran and co-founder of Minnesota chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War), Suaad Allami (Iraqi women's rights lawyer, former Humphrey Fellow, and winner of a 2009 International Women of Courage Award), and Tom Hanson (former U.S. foreign service officer, currently the Diplomat in Residence at the U of M - Duluth).
MORE INFO: www.navigatingtheaftermath.org
Presented by The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project and the West Bank Arts Quarter