On October 18 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and October 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be displaying the Five College Clothesline Project on the Valentine Quad. (Content Warning: Sexual Violence).
The Five College Clothesline Project is an opportunity to break the silence about sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experiences. The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The goals of the project are:
· To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
· To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
· To break the silence and unite people in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual and psychological abuse.
The Five College Project has over 800 shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors. We embrace the clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process.
We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult, if you want to avoid the Clothesline Project display we encourage people to use the Route 9 entrance of Valentine. We will also hang shirts so only the blank side is facing the entrance to Morrow Residence Hall and the Morrow path will remain clear.
Please stop by and greet the Peer Advocates tables in front of Val. The self-care table will have self care tips and giveaways. We will also have a table with lots of information on how you can start thinking and doing things to change the culture and to create a safer more respectful community. Add to our wall by sharing the one thing you will do to help us change the culture to end sexual violence.
The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) are proud to present an evening of Arabic literature and music as part of the first U.S. IPAF book tour.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high-quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.
Saud Alsanousi, author of the IPAF-winning novel The Bamboo Stalk
Jonathan Wright, award-winning translator of The Bamboo Stalk
Live performance by:
Layaali Arabic Music Trio
This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.
Sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund
About The Bamboo Stalk:
Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure and sends her back home with her baby son, José.
Brought up struggling with his dual identity, José clings to the hope of returning to his father's country when he is 18. He is ill-prepared to plunge headfirst into a world where the fear of tyrants and dictators is nothing compared to the fear of "what people will say." And with a Filipino face, a Kuwaiti passport, an Arab surname and a Christian first name, will his father’s country welcome him?
The Bamboo Stalk takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion.
About the author:
Saud Alsanousi is an award-winning Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His debut novel, The Bamboo Stalk, won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications, including Al-Watan newspaper and Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait and Al-Abwab magazines, and he currently writes for Al-Qabas newspaper.
About the translator:
Jonathan Wright studied Arabic, Turkish and Islamic civilization at St John’s College, Oxford. He joined Reuters news agency in 1980 as a correspondent, and has been based in the Middle East for most of the last three decades. He has translated numerous novels from Arabic, including, most recently, Ahmed Saadawi’s award-winning novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. He won the 2016 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of The Bamboo Stalk.
Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.
The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).