Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.


Mandi Chikombero on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

Mandi Chikombero “Dialogue on Culture and HIV/AIDS: The case of Seke, Zimbabwe”
African Studies Brown Bag
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Noon-1 pm
Yamada International House 009
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Dr. Mandi Chikombero, assistant professor, School of Telecommunications, holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University, and a master’s in English from the University of Zimbabwe.

Janet Berry Hess on Ghana’s Art & History

Janet Berry Hess “Spectacular Nation: Beauty, Battle, and Ghanaian Decolonization”
Part of the conference Perspectives on African Decolonization
Monday, October 15, 2007, 11 am-12:45 pm

Baker Center, Rm 240
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Perspectives on African Decolonization: 50 Years of Independence is sponsored by the African Studies Program and College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University. Conference begins Monday, 6pm and ends Tueday 5pm and commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of decolonization in Africa, starting with Ghana, and working up to 1960. It initiates an extended conversation around the theme “Perspectives on African Decolonization” by staging a series of academic conferences at OU to commemorate these significant moments in African history and to reflect upon the legacies of fifty years of “independence” in Africa.

Janet Berry Hess, J.D., Ph.D., received a doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, a Masters in art history from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the University of California Santa Cruz; and Northwestern University. She is presently assistant professor at Sonoma State University, and has published widely on Ghanaian art, architecture, and visual culture in the decolonization era (notably in Art and Architecture in Postcolonial Africa), as well representations of the body in post-apartheid South Africa, and the architecture of the postcolonial era in Tanzania.

Contact: Dr. Nick Creary at creary -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4355

Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE

Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE
Saturday, October 13, 8 pm & Thursday, October 18, 2007, 8 pm

Athena Cinema
20 South Court St., Athens, Ohio
FREE for Ohio University students; FREE for local high school students; $4 General Admission

Directed by Deepa Mehta, 1996, 101 min., 6 awards. In Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and Punjabi with English subtitles, PG-13.

FIRE is a probing and sensitive look at the continuing clash between traditional and modern Indian values. Deepa Mehta’s tender, passionate and controversial love story of two Indian women torn between their devotion to duty and their desire for love and companionship. Radha has been a consummate wife for fifteen years but her husband is seeking spiritual enlightenment through celibacy. Her sister-in-law Sita is similarly frustrated by her new husband, who spends his nights with his mistress. Deprived of their husbands’ affections, the two women draw closer together in ways neither ever imagined.

Screening classic “art” films from around the world – with guest speakers, discussions, and lively debate: this is the heart of the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque. Films will be programmed along broad themes, and be representative of global cultures. The very best of classic cinema, underground film, and cult retrospectives will be highlighted throughout the year. As an extension of the annual Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque aims to be a kind of year-round film festival.

Members of the Ohio University community will introduce each film, and lead a post-screening discussion. Our Cinematheque screenings are designed to offer a unique opportunity for professors and instructors to augment their in-class presentations with outside-the-classroom activities. Our mission: to deepen, broaden, and enliven film culture for both the Ohio University and Athens communities.

Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- frognet.net or 740-593-7301
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Screening: Can You Hear Me?

Screening: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio

Screening and panel discussion generously sponsored by The Max Family Program at Ohio University. All are welcome.

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (50 min., 2006), is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts. Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.

Produced, written, and directed by Lilly Rivlin; narrated by Debra Winger.

Contact: Ohio Hillel

Screening: !Salud!

Screening: !Salud!
Benefit for The InterActivist

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 7pm

Scripps Hall, Anderson Auditorium
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

!Salud! (93 min.) is produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field (The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter; Freedom on My Mind) and co-produced by Gail Reed.

A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba–now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health–and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right. — http://www.saludthefilm.net/

Awards: Houston’s 40th WorldFest; American Medical Student Association’s First Film Prize; Audience Choice Award at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film and Arts Festival

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