Embracing Complexity at Hancher Auditorium



We believe the arts can help us understand each other better. Hancher's project, Embracing Complexity, will take a multidisciplinary approach to building understanding of contemporary Muslim identity and Islamic cultures. The goal is to build a textured knowledge of Islamic cultures, while creating a greater sense of empathy for the experiences of people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Five performing artists will be in residence during the 2017-18 academic year.

In addition to holding performances, Hancher will partner with university departments to integrate artists into student learning. They will also partner with faculty members who have research and teaching interests in Islamic studies to provide content expertise and connections to existing and newly developed courses. Community engagement will be built through partnerships and include artist workshops, discussions, and lectures. 

Featured artists:
Niyaz and The Fourth Light Project
G. WIllow Wilson
Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

For further information, contact Micah Ariel James, Hancher education manager, micahariel-james@uiowa.edu, 319-335-0009. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals - Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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