Upcoming Events: Middle East

Fri 7/31

Image - Unity of Sacred Symbols and Words

Unity of Sacred Symbols and Words

Date: Fri, July 31, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With artist Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu, Artist
Reverend Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Contra Costa County Interfaith Council - Moderator

Salma Arastu will give a visual presentation of her latest works, which are an artistic endeavor to help people understand the threads of commonalities across cultural, national and religious lines. Her beautiful paintings reflect the interconnectedness of belief in our collective cultural memories.

Wed 8/12

Image - Music of Remembrance

Music of Remembrance

Date: Wed, August 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With composer Jake Heggie and artistic director Mina Miller

Jake Heggie, American Composer and Pianist
Mina Miller, Founder and Artistic Director, Music of Remembrance
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg, SF Opera - Moderator

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.

Since 1998, Music of Remembrance has remembered the Holocaust and honored its legacy by preserving and performing music by composers of that period, and by commissioning today’s leading composers to create new works that tell important stories. These commissions have included major works by Jake Heggie, arguably the most important American opera composer of our day. A recent Wall Street Journal article said of Heggie: “He reduces major universal issues to credible personal stories, to which a listener can connect.” Heggie also is an unusually courageous composer, unafraid of addressing complex social and human questions.

In this evening’s conversation moderated by Kip Cranna, Heggie and Music of Remembrance’s Mina Miller will share musical examples and a preview of Heggie’s compelling new opera “Out of Darkness,” slated for its world premiere in Seattle and San Francisco next May. This eloquent portrait of survival conveys the Holocaust’s vast scope by weaving together true stories of those caught in its grasp: a prisoner in Auschwitz who dared to create poems of defiance under the noses of her captors, and two idealistic young gay men whose lives and love were torn apart by Nazi persecution.

Music Matters

Mon 8/31

Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, August 31, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Make your voice heard!

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

Fri 9/25

Bread from Stones

Bread From Stones

Date: Fri, September 25, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With author Keith Watenpaugh

Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace Studies, UC Davis

Hear Watenpaugh, a noted Middle East historian and educator, discuss his latest book, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Watenpaugh will elaborate on the development of helping victims following the mass violence, genocide, displacement of millions, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the advent of late colonialism in the Middle East.

Mon 9/28

Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, September 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Make your voice heard!

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

Mon 10/26

Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

Mon 11/30

Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, November 30, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.