Urgent Witness: The current situation in the Middle East from the perspectives of leading writers


A reading by and conversation with the acclaimed Syrian poet 

Tuesday, 12 March at 8 pm
117 MacMillan Hall
167 Thayer Street, Providence

Poetics without Borders:  Communicating Sensibility in Times of Change

Contemporary writers from Syria and Iran talk about their writing, translation and the contemporary scene – examining the utility of arts in a time of social/political upheaval
Adonis, Robyn Creswell, Mehrangiz Kar,  Shahriar Mandanipour and Nihad Sirees

Wednesday, 13 March at 3 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

House of Games

a staged reading of a play by Nihad Sirees directed by Taibi Magar MFA '14 and featuring John Emigh (professor emeritus) and members of the Brown/Trinity Consoritum Acting Company

Wednesday, 13 March at 7:30 pm 
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

To learn more about the artists, see Event Bios.

The Cogut Center is sponsoring a related event, "Poetic Forces: Creative Change in and Beyond the Arab Spring" taking place on 12 March at 5:30 pm.  See Cogut Center Events for more detail.

This program is made possible by the International Writers Project at Brown and celebrates current IWP Fellow, Nihad Sirees. The program is co-sponsored by Brown University Departments of Literary Arts, Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre and Performance Studies and by the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Office for International Affairs.