Posted by: Sarah Standish | March 6, 2014

Extra credit events for March

Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content beforehand.  All information is from the website/newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless state otherwise.

Exhibit: Abaya and Beyond 

Abaya and Beyond, an exhibition of paintings created by Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, will be featured at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The exhibit represents four series of paintings she created during her 2004-2010 tenure as a professor, teaching art to Muslim women in Kuwait. Her book, Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lesson Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait, will also be available for signing at first Friday Opening Reception on March 7th, 6 pm – 8 pm. For more information, visit:

When: March 7 – 29, 2014

Where: Columbia Center for the Arts, Cascade Avenue, Hood River

Taking the Girls’ Rock Camp Model to Bahrain: A Talk and Discussion About Girls, The Gulf, and Music

In August 2013, instructors from the Portland-based music education nonprofit Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls traveled to the small Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain to produce a music camp for girls at the invitation of the United States embassy. The camp, a modified version of the Oregon girls’ empowerment program, included cross-cultural exchange through video and zine-making with Portland students.

Three of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls team will present their experiences in this talk. Cosponsored by Oregon Humanities.  For more information, visit:

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Where: Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the Present

When: Tuesday, February 4 – April 27, 2014, Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm

Where: Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the present is an exhibition of historical Arabic calligraphy and related material that offers an immersive glance into one of the world’s most poetic and spiritual art forms. At the center of the exhibition is a group of rare works on loan to the Cooley from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and a diverse array of manuscript folios from the collection of Reed alumnus Steven Herold ’63.  For more information, click here.

Finding Justice in the Holy Land and At Home

From the Middle East to the USA, from Palestine to Portland, justice is as much sought after as it is elusive. This important MFSA event will feature keynote speaker Mark Braverman’s expert presentation of the justice issues facing the Palestinian people. Looking through the lens of the Palestinian experience, experts from a variety of justice areas will help us identify factors that are common in the subversion of justice regardless of the type or the location. By learning these factors we can begin to address them before they take root and in this way help build a world where justice may “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” (Amos 5:24 NRSV)

For more information and to buy tickets, visit:  Presented by Oregon Idaho MFSA – Methodist Federation for Social Action

 When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Where: First United Methodist Church, Southwest Jefferson Street, Portland


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