Internationally Lauded Artists to Speak at Roger Williams University

Oct 14, 2010, 12:20 ET from Roger Williams University

Mallika Sarabhai and Taslima Nasrin Examine the Intricate Relationship Between Art and Identity

BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of the intricate relationship between art and identity, Roger Williams University will host two pioneers of the international women's movement as a part of its ongoing Civil Discourse Lecture Series. This year's theme, "Artists and Writers at Risk," features Indian choreographer, dancer and activist Mallika Sarabhai, and Taslima Nasrin, an award-winning Bangladeshi author and human rights activist.

On Wednesday, October 20, at 6:00 P.M., the 2010 lecture series will kick off with a live performance by internationally renowned performer Mallika Sarabhai and her dance troupe, Darpana. Following the performance, Ms. Sarabhai will address the University community on her advocacy of education and women's empowerment through theatrical productions.

The following night, on Thursday, October 21, at 5:30 P.M., Taslima Nasrin – an artist in exile with multiple fatwas issued against her – will share her struggles for equality as a woman who has risked her life to oppose the gender boundaries of a regimented Muslim society by attending medical school and writing openly against women's oppression.

The presentations will take place in the University's Recreation Center Gymnasium on the Bristol Campus at One Old Ferry Road. The events are free, and limited tickets are available to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (401) 254-3210.

About RWU: Roger Williams University is a leading independent, coeducational liberal arts university at which students live and learn to be global citizens. With 41 academic programs and an array of co-curricular activities on its Bristol, R.I., campus, RWU is committed to its mantra of learning to bridge the world. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented academic and financial successes and continues to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten educational institutions in its class.

SOURCE Roger Williams University