Exile, Memory, and Welcoming the Stranger
Exile, Memory, and Welcoming the Stranger
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Benedicta Arts Center, College of Saint Benedict
Opening of the art exhibit
“Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory” by Laurie Wohl
This exhibit interweaves Christian, Jewish, and Muslim spiritual texts
and poetry in a fiber art series and an accompanying audio soundscape.
It will be in the Gorecki Gallery at the College of Saint Benedict from
August 27 through October 31, 2018.
3:00 to 4:15 PM - Gorecki Family Theater
Presentation by artist Laurie Wohl
with musical accompaniment by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim musicians
4:30 to 5:45 PM – Gorecki Family Theater
Panel presentations by Dr. Mary Hinton, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, and Dr. Cawo Abdi
on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim mandates to welcome strangers
6:00 to 7:00 PM – Gorecki Gallery
Artist reception and exhibit opening
Laurie Wohl is an internationally known fiber artist whose unique Unweavings® convey spiritual narratives through form, color, texture and calligraphy. Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Catholic Theological Union, and numerous other public and private collections. Among her special projects have been interactive set designs for full-length dance pieces by Callince Dance (New York City) and Jan Erkert & Dancers (Chicago). She speaks frequently
on art and worship, as well as on text and textile.
Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D., is president of the College of Saint Benedict, a position she has held since 2014. She earned her Ph.D. in religion and religious education from Fordham University and her scholarly interests include African American religious history, religious education, and leadership, as well as strategic planning and diversity in the academy. She is the author of the book The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America.
Marcia Zimmerman is senior rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, one of the largest Jewish congregations in the United States. She earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Dedicated to ensuring that Temple Israel’s programming and religious school are inclusive of interfaith families and those with special needs, she has been deeply engaged in interfaith initiatives for many years.
Cawo Abdi, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She earned Ph.D. in in sociology at the University of Sussex in England and her research interests include migration, transnationalism, Islam, race, class, gender, and globalization. Among her many publications is the book Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and Borderless Muslim Identity.
David Jordan Harris is co-founder and artistic director of Voices of Sepharad. He has pursued study and performance of Sephardic music throughout North America, Morocco, Greece, France, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Bosnia, and Spain. He is executive director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and interfaith arts special consultant for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning.
Mick LaBriola is a freelance performer/percussionist, educator, residency artist, dance-theater accompanist, and founding member of Voices of Sepharad. He is a roster artist with a number of arts organization, including the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Nevada State Arts Council.
David Burk plays a variety of stringed instruments used in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Latin, African, Caribbean, and North American musical traditions. While maintain a full private lesson studio for guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin students, he has performed regularly with The Rose Ensemble (since 2005) as well as with Voices of Sepharad (since 1998).
Salah Abdel Fattah, a native of Egypt, has played the Arabic violin since the 1960s and has recorded in Egypt for television with Abdel Aziz Mahmoud. He currently plays with the Minneapolis-based classical Arabic music ensemble Amwaaj, which he founded more than 15 years ago.
Aida Shahghasemi is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose work has evolved around the arts and social consciousness of Iranians within Iran and in the Iranian diaspora. Her main interest lies in the intersection of humanitarian and creative work. She was a 2017 McKnight Music Fellow.
Program presented by
Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University
in collaboration with
Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict|Saint John’s University
with funding provided by
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota