Monday, April 30, 2007
Life, Halfway 'Round the World
Tomorrow night, 5/1, at 7:00 pm we will be having a multimedia presentation and talk by linguist, feltmaker, scholar and photographer Rachel Lehr, "Mending Afghanistan Stitch by Stitch: Learning about Life in Afghanistan."
Co-founder of Rubia, the Afghan Women's Handwork project, Lehr spends several months each year in Afghanistan, working and living with village women and children. Through compelling stories, brought to life by beautiful and informative visual images and an "Afghan Culture Trunk" of domestic artifacts, Rachel will take us into the homes of ordinary Afghans. Her photographs and personal anecdotes will illuminate the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan in a rapidly changing world. Lehr will bring along a burka so American women and girls could gain a better understanding of what it is like to live behind a veil.
Rubia is a non-profit organization which works to translate the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods. Rubia's embroidery project is actively involved in helping rebuild Afghanistan through education, skills training and the promotion of hand-embroidered textiles.
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Everyone is invited!
If, however, you can't make tomorrow's program, these books may be of interest:
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. [F HOS], also available in audio [AB/CD HOS]
Jones, Ann. Kabul in Winter: Life without Peace in Afghanistan. [958.104 JON]
Seierstad, Asne. The Bookseller of Kabul. [958.1 SEI], also available in audio [AB/CD 958.1 SEI]
For children and young adults there are:
Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner [J ELL], and Parvana's Journey [J ELL], which continues the story started in The Breadwinner.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree. [YA STA]
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 7:32 PM