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Winding up Weissberg week with keynote address, theatrical performance

March 30, 2011


This week of Weissberg programming will culminate with two major events tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday night.

On Friday at 8 p.m., former Iraqi Minister of Trade, Defense, and Finance Ali Allawi will present “The Future of Iraq,” in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.

This year’s Weissberg Chair served in the Iraqi government immediately following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and since that time has been one of the more resounding (and reasoned) voices discussing challenges in the region.

IRaffon addition to the Weissberg keynote address, an actor will join a musician for a performance of spoken word and melodic solos in Sounds of Desire on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Neese Theatre. Heather Raffo (pictured at right), author of and actress in the award-winning one-woman show 9 Parts of Desire, will perform alongside Iraqi musician Amir ElSaffar for this component of the Weissberg events. (ElSaffar specializes in the santoor, a 70-stringed instrument played with hammers that resembles a dulcimer.)

The performance includes excerpts from Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire, which is described as "a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women. … This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone that is Iraq."

Free tickets (allowing the holder preferred seating) are available to both campus and non-campus community members at the Beloit Public Library, Turtle Creek Bookstore, and the Office of International Education. Ticket holders are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m., as those without tickets will be admitted after 3:50 p.m.