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    August 30, 2004     
    Contact: Suzanne Toczyski, Modern Languages and Literatures, (707) 664-2351


"Behind the Veil" Subject of Sept. 13 Lecture on Western Motives Toward Arab-Muslim Women

“Behind the Veil: French Desire and the Middle East” is the subject of a slide lecture to be given by Dr. Sahar Amer, Associate Professor of Asian and International Studies, at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in the Commons on the Sonoma State University campus.

Dr. Amer is Associate Professor of Asian and International Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

The French, and Western cultures in general, have long been fascinated by the Orient, the Arab-Muslim world, and, in particular, the image of the veiled woman. Using literature, paintings, photos and film, Dr. Amer frames Western countries' contemporary concerns about women wearing the veil within the politics of colonization and the erotic desire to lift the veil from both the culture of the Orient and Arab-Muslim women.

At a time when our own country’s engagement with Islamic culture has come to the forefront of international politics, Dr. Amer’s presentation will also offer the public the opportunity to reflect upon America’s relationship with these images and to question the motives behind the desire to “lift the veil” off that which is unknown or different.

In addition to her recent articles on the Veil controversy in France, Dr. Amer is a scholar of medieval literature, having written extensively on the influence of Arab texts upon French authors of the Middle Ages.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Women’s Resource Center, the Dean of Social Sciences, the Dean of Arts & Humanities, the Intercultural Center, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, and Project Censored.

The lecture, in English, is free and open to the public. A day-use parking permit on campus is $2.50.

For further information, contact Suzanne Toczyski, Modern Languages and Literatures, (707) 664.2351.


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