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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2004

Women's Center Sponsors 'Daughters Of Shahrazad Face To Face' March 5

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa, in conjunction with the Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble of Iowa City, will sponsor "Daughters of Shahrazad Face to Face: Cultural Encounters Through the Expressive Arts of Middle Eastern Women," a day-long conference and evening dinner/performance, on Saturday, March 5 at the Old Brick Auditorium, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City.

The morning and afternoon conference/workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The evening's gala dinner and performance will begin at 7 p.m.  Registration is required to attend; the event is open to the public.

"Daughters of Shahrazad: Face to Face" is an event sponsored in part by the University of Iowa Year of the Arts and Humanities and offers participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in women's cultural traditions from North Africa and the Middle East. During the daytime conference, participants can: sample and learn to cook foods from Persia, Morocco, Lebanon and Turkey; try their hands at drumming and learn vocal traditions; move in a variety of dance traditions from the region; listen as folk tales and history open up greater understanding of women's experiences and traditions; marvel at the intricate beauty of weaving and embroidery; listen as panelists discuss their experiences and personal perspectives; interact with cultural representatives, scholars and artists. 

The evening's gala dinner and performance will cap off the day and feature the Salaam World Music Ensemble and Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble.

Featured presenters include: Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore of the Salaam World Music Ensemble; Marie Sage (Maleeha) of the Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble; Dr. Robyn C. Friend, a singer/dance/choreographer/linguist specializing in Iranian and Turkic folklore; and Monia Hejaiej, folklorist and professor at the University of Tunisia, currently living in Al Rustaq, Oman.

Pre-registration is required for both the daytime conference/workshops and the evening gala dinner and performance.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Women's Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Kroon, 319-335-1486,