Yemeni Women's Poetic Traditions with Dr. Najwa Adra
Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.
Central Library, Centennial Hall
733 N. 8th Street
Dr. Najwa Adra is a cultural anthropologist who traveled to Yemen to explore and record women's songs, short poems, and rhyming proverbs from rural areas to illustrate the ways in which poetry is integrated into village life. She describes how verse is used by women as a socially acceptable way to express their feelings and opinions, even expressing how they feel about prospective suitors for marriage. She also discusses the impact that economic and social change along with recently imported conservative interpretations of Islam have had on these traditions.
Yemeni Women's Poetic Traditions is part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit and program series. Milwaukee Public Library is proud to be one of six public library systems in the nation to participate in Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative in cooperation with Poets House, City Lore, and the American Library Association. NEH developed Bridging Cultures to engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.