ont-size:16px;">Toumi addresses issues of violence and intellectual freedom using political satire and absurdism. In the play, the ghosts of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir debate fundamentalism and other contemporary issues with terrorists of the Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), demanding that they be convinced “with reason…not violence…!”


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2004-05 EVENTS

"Women, War, Identity, and Music"

Event Brochure

February 4-10, 2005
A week-long women's music festival and lecture series which features individual and group concerts with internationally known female musicians (Evelyne Accad, Faytinga Gonin, Kristen Lems) who will present music of the Arab, African, and Asian world. Each concert will be enhanced by a debate and teleconference with remote sites in Eritrea and Lebanon on the subject of women, war, identity, and music. There will also be master classes involving graduate students of music and children from the Cleveland public schools. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and many other campus groups. This is guaranteed to be the event of the season!

March 19, 2004

400 people from Case and the Cleveland community saw an awesome concert by the Ivory Coast Ki-Yi Village Theater Troupe, directed by WereWere Liking. The event was called "Les Reines-Meres--Les Immortelles" (The Queen Mothers--The Immortal Ones) and was actually a concert-play that addressed the issues of spirituality and destiny, especially of women, in contemporary society. WereWere's sister, Nserel, was the other main player, and the five-member band "Les Cinq Etoiles" (The Five Stars) provided the very dance-able music. A great time was had by all. We thank all the sponsors for this event, and especially Professors Cheryl Toman and Gilbert Doho, and Department Assistant Desiree Knauer, who invested so much time in planning. And to Professor Marie Lathers, for making sure the group of nine people and sixteen bags made it on their plane, despite seemingly endless red tape! And thanks especially to the many students who made this so much fun and so informative.

April 1, 2004
4 p.m., 206 Clark Hall
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Paper Presentation: "Proust (and Others) on the Plate: Food and Nation in France."