Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As part of Women’s History Month, the Northeastern Illinois University Women’s Resource Center and Asian and Global Resource Center will present a performance of “The Hijabi Monologues” at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Recital Hall.

Established in 2006, “The Hijabi Monologues” creates a theater space for the experiences of Muslim women. Founder Sahar Ullah, Kamilah Pickett and Rafiah Jones will perform, and a panel discussion will immediately follow.

“It is a difficult task for some Muslims to admit, listen to or discuss some of the most pressing issues in their communities. When it comes to personal issues, it is even more complex; private affairs are not discussed in public. However, some of that tradition is being challenged by today’s Muslim youth, especially Muslim Americans,” Assistant Professor of History Mateo Farzaneh said. “‘The Hijabi Monologues’ provides a great opportunity for Muslims who might otherwise frown upon such an open and honest discussion. Non-Muslims will also benefit from ‘The Hijabi Monologues’ by becoming familiar with the dynamics of the social challenges of the Muslim community.”

Farzaneh will moderate the discussion with the performers, Northeastern student Sarah Vaid, English Professor Ryan Poll and Muslim Community Center representative Iram Shaikh.

A dinner, sponsored by the Northeastern’s Middle Eastern Culture Club, will follow at 5 p.m. While open to the public, event seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

For more information, contact Yasmin Ranney at (773) 442-5441 or Joanna Snawder at (773) 442-4524.