TweetIn Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the tragedy wasn’t so much the killing of the father; it was the son’s bad decisions that resulted in the end killing of everyone involved: the son, the uncle, and the queen! Here at Hamline University, lots of bad decisions resulted in the tragedy. It started when Erika Lopez Prater, an adjunct professor at Hamline University, showed a 14-century image of the prophet Mohammed in her art class, resulting in a professor losing, as the Times puts it, “her teaching gig”; A student lost her safety. A Muslim community leader lost his focus, and the Hamlin university lost its credential. President Fayneese Miller’s blamed the media for…
My Conversation with Iraqi American Playwright , HEATHER RAFFO, Noura
It’s Christmas Eve in New York City, and Noura — a newly minted U.S. citizen — is preparing to host an Iraqi meal and growing more homesick by the minute. Her husband and son have fully embraced their American names and identities, but Noura feels restless and displaced. Even so, she eagerly welcomes her dinner guests until secrets are revealed and the evening begins to unravel. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, this brilliant new play is a poignant exploration of motherhood, marriage and identity in modern America.
TC Arab Film Festival Opening Night, It Must Be Heaven, By Elia Suleiman
Tweet Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival (TCAFF) is seeking films for the upcoming festival scheduled for September 26-29, 2019. We are accepting narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films, both features and shorts. We seek films made by Arab or Arab American filmmakers or films relevant to these communities. The Arab Film Fest is produced by Mizna, a St. Paul-based arts organization committed to bringing the best Arab cinema, literature, and art to Twin Cities audiences. Beginning in 2003, Mizna’s festival has screened numerous Arab and Arab American titles and hosted many acclaimed filmmakers to present their work and engage with our local communities. The Arab Film Fest will celebrate…