For more information on this year's theme, "Arts in the Americas," click here. For more information on our ongoing collaborative initiative with the Issam Fares Institute (IFI), "Policy and Politics in the Americas," click here.
PERFORMANCE: The Belle of Amherst
October 17, 18, 19 | 20:30 PM | Zoukak Theater
The Belle of Amherst gives its audience the opportunity to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson, face to face. Written using many of Dickinson’s poems, poem-letters and other correspondence from her life, we get a glimpse into the very private, seclusive world Miss Dickinson inhabited in Amherst, Massachusetts. Indeed, this imagined “visit” gives us a glimpse that she herself, an avowed recluse, would never have granted an audience in her lifetime. The playwright, William Luce, suggests Emily was a “seclusive individualist of the highest order.” His play allows us to meet Ms. Dickinson as she shares her own story and welcomes us into the “inner drama of a poet’s consciousness.” “The Belle of Amherst is a love affair with language, a celebration of all that is beautiful and poignant in life.
The Belle of Amherst is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, produced by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut with support from the Ithaca College Office of Sponsored Research and School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-sponsored by The Women and Gender Studies Initiative AUB.
Actor: Kathleen Mulligan
Director: Norm Johnson
Lighting and Projection Design: Kyle Stamm
Sound Design: Aria Sardella
Stage Management in New York: Kelsey Dunne, Rhys Kauffman
Production Manager in Beirut: Razan Abu Ismail
Dramaturge: David DeVries
This performance is co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) and the Women and Genter Studies Initiative at the American University of Beirut. For information about the private workshop series related to the performance, please check our page for CASAR's theme this year, Arts in the Americas.
LECTURE & READING : Evie Shockley presents her critical and poetic work
Evie Shockley, American poet and author
October 30 & November 1 | Time and location TBD
Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. The author of several collections of poetry, including A Half-Red Sea (2006) and The New Black (2011), Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011).
Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).
LECTURE: “U.S.-Iranian policy and implications for the Middle East and for U.S. politics”
Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Thursday, November 7 2019 | Time and location TBD
Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, the United States has sought to devise ways of dealing with what it has consistently considered “the Iranian threat”. This has manifested itself in outright military and intelligence support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to “dual containment” in the 1990s to outright hostility and possibility of war since the start of the 2000s. This US hostility towered is driven by two primary factors. First, the US and its regional allies consider Iran a “malign” actor and a chronic source of instability. Second, there is pervasive Iranophobia among US policymakers, cultural pundits, and the general public. In the process, state and nonstate actors across the Middle East have found themselves to be pawns in a tense US-Iranian chess game in which tensions remain high and the possibility of open war ever-present.
Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (Cornell University Press, 2018); Inside the Arab State (Oxford University Press, 2018); The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (Yale University Press, 2016); Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015); The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed. (University of California Press, 2013); and Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
READING: A Poetry Reading and Q & A with Margo Bedershevsky
Margo Berdeshevsky, an author, poet and photographer
Thursday, November 14 2019 | Time and location TBD
Margo Berdeshevsky, born in New York, currently is writing in Paris, where she is considering conversations with Madame de Sevigne's ghost who lurks, maybe, in the courtyard. Her newest poetry book, Before the Drought, was published in 2017 by Glass Lyre Press and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The book was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail. Her earlier collection includes Between Soul & Stone published by Sheep Meadow, Beautiful Soon Enough with the University of Alabama Press, which received the American Book Review - Ronald Sukenick Award for Innovative Fiction. Her poetry collection, But a Passage in Wilderness was also published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2007.
For more information on our recent events and collaborations from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 click here.