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Roundtable on Syria
Friday, January 19; 4:30 p.m.
IU professors and researchers will present a roundtable discussion about current political and social issues in Syria and the ramifications for refugees and host communities.The featured participants include Asaad Alsaleh, an Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature, Comparative and Cultural Studies; Iman Alramadan, a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture; Lydia Lahey, a graduate student in the Department of Geography whose studies focus on the refugee settlement process in the Midwest through the analysis of the humanitarian practices by nongovernmental organizations and community organizations; and Elizabeth Dunn, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and International Studies who has spent more a decade researching refugee issues, including living in a camp for internally displaced people for 16 months. The event will be free and open to the public.
Under the Influence: The Role of Headcoverings in North American Identity Creation
Thursday, February 1; 4:30 p.m.
When a Pakistani immigrant woman, Zunera Ishaq, took the Canadian federal government to court over her right to wear her niqab (face veil) during her citizenship ceremony, it sparked a heated national debate about North American identity and values that fundamentally shifted the Canadian federal election of 2015. This case shared many overtones with Baltej Singh Dhillon’s struggle to wear a turban as part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform in 1990. Laura Stemp-Morlock,a PhD candidate in human rights and religious diversity in North America at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, notes that "when minorities bring overtly religious headcoverings into public spaces they challenge cultural norms and majority discourses of the 'other.' They prompt dialogue around reasonable accommodation and multiculturalism. They push the dominant society to examine the truths they unquestioningly accept as universal, leading nations to ask, 'who gets to be ‘us’?” Stemp-Morlock will explore this dialogue during a talk in conjunction with "Heads and Tales," an exhibit produced in partnership with the Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection. The exhibit examines headwear and accessories worn around the world. The event, co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection, will be free and open to the public.
Reimagining Opera for Kids: Aesop's Fables
Friday, February 2; 10:30 a.m.
Aesop's Fables, by Anthony Plog, brings the classic stories to life in this collection of very short operas (4-8 minutes in length). Combining the humor and the insight of the originals, each opera ends with a moral to the story. Reimagining Opera for Kids will offer several of Plog's work for this fun event. The 30-minute performance is appropriate for all ages, sung in English, and free and open to the public.
Family Craft Day: Hats
Sunday, February 11; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
To celebrate the exhibit “Heads and Tales,” families can learn the art of hat making. Free and fun for all.
Instruments of Culture: The Commonest and Most Despised Instrument--The Harmonium and Indian Nationalism
Wednesday, February 28; 4:30 p.m.
The harmonium, notes Matt Rahaim (an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Minnesota), is the widely-used instrument in India, has also long been condemned as a "plague," a "menace," and "the bane of Indian music." During the Indian independence movement, both British and Indian scholars condemned the harmonium for embodying an unwelcome foreign musical sensibility. It was banned from All-India Radio from 1940 to 1971, and still is only provisionally accepted on the national airwaves. The debate over the harmonium hinged on putative sonic differences between India and the modern West, and the attempt to banish the sound of the harmonium was part of an attempt to define a national sound for India, distinct from British modernity. Rahaim's talk will explore the intertwined aesthetic and political ideals that underlie the harmonium controversy. Rahaim's first book, Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music (2012) dealt with bodily-vocal disciplines among Hindustani singers. His current book project explores traditions of voice cultivation in North India, among Bollywood singers, qawwals, classical vocalists, and purveyors of the eclectic contemporary styles known as "singing Sufi" and "singing Western." He also is a performing Hindustani vocalist in the Gwalior tradition, trained under L.K. Pandit. The event will be free and open to the public.
First Thursday (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, March 1; 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the spring semster's first "First Thursday." The MMWC will present hands-on musical instruments in conjunction with "India ReMixed," a semester-long exploration of IU's deep cultural ties to India. First Thursday will be free and open to the public.
Meet the Artists: Sisters of the Cloth
Saturday, March 3; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Come meet some of the quilters of “Sisters of the Cloth: This is Our Story,” an exhibit exploring the lives of African American quilters on exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures this spring. The Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild was founded in 1999 and is located in Fort Wayne, IN, and the exhibit presents works that are individual reflections on what each member feels portrays her life. The event will be free and open to the public.
Rules for the (R) Evolution of Museums
Thursday, March 22; 4 p.m.
What does it take for museums to transform themselves into culturally-sensitive, socially engaged, active institutions within a community? How does the role of the museum professional contribute to an activist orientation for museums? Dr. Elee Wood will present a series of key strategies for museums and museum practitioners that emphasize community engagement, participation and transformation. Elee Wood, is professor of museum studies and public scholar of museums, families and learning at IUPUI. She is the recipient of the John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership in from the American Alliance of Museums, and former editor of the Journal of Museums & Social Issues.
First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, April 5; 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Make your own hat during April's First Thursday celebration. Take inspiration from the MMWC exhibit "Heads and Tales," or come up with your own creation. A photo booth will help you capture your creativity! The event will be free and open to the public.
Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar Family Day
Saturday, April 7; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. 7th St., Bloomington)
The MMWC will once again present hands-on crafts and acitivities at the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar--a multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families. More than 30 activity stations let kids get their hands on the world….so grab your passport at the door, and go! The World Bazaar Family Day is free and open to the public! It's appropriate for all ages, but especially fun for kids K-6. Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.
Tuesday, April 10; 6 p.m.
A free lecture by Madame Gandhi--rapper, drummer, electronic music artist, and feminist activist--will be presented as part of "India Remixed," IU's 2018 Global Arts and Humanities Festival. Her music elevates and celebrates the female voice. Before releasing her 2016 EP Voices, she gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. She has performed extensively, from the Pitchfork Festival to the Museum of Modern Art.
Friday, April 13; 4:30 p.m.
Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the MMWC, will discuss his research and study of creativity and aging. Kay is the author of Folklife and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers. The event will be free and open to the public.
Elder Creativity Showcase
Saturday, April 14; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Artists featured in the exhibit "Creative Aging," an exhibit at the MMWC that explores the making and use of memory art in the lives of older adults, will present demonstrations and discuss the ways in which art, craft, creativity, and aging intersect. The event will be free and open to the public.
Family Craft Day: Puerto Rico
Sunday, April 29; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn more about Puerto Rico and its cultural heritage and traditions through hands-on activities. The event will be free and open to the public.
Mathers Museumof World Cultures416 N. Indiana Avenue