FREE SPEECH ZONE | Navigating the Aftermath

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“Navigating the Aftermath” an exhibit of work by Iraqi and American artists winds up a successful two-week show with a panel discussion tonight, Friday March 4.  Titled, “Effects of the Ongoing War in Iraq: Devastation and Democracy?” the topic takes new urgency in light of demonstrations this week in Iraq.

Navigating the Aftermath: American and Iraqi artists explore the effects of the Iraq War to chart a course towards healing and reconciliation.

Quarter Gallery/ Regis Center for the Arts
405 21st Ave South, Mpls  55455
Friday, 4 March, 7 – 9 p.m.

Closing evening panel discussion “Effects of the Ongoing War in Iraq: Devastation and Democracy?”
Luke Wilcox , a spokesman for The Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project, the show’s sponsor, points out the unique perspectives of panel participants.  “Suaad Allami founded a women’s center in Sadr City and is one of only two women on the Sadr City Council.”  Her views on protester demands for better living conditions and an end to corruption will be informed by her own direct experience.

The panel includes Wes Davey, an Iraq War veteran and co-founder of the Minnesota chapter of Iraq Veteran Against the War and Tom Hanson, policy analyst and former Foreign Service Officer.  Harry Boyte, head of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, will moderate.

“Navigating the Aftermath” plans a five-city tour of greater Minnesota later this year.  The project receives assistance from the Minnesota State Arts Board and is also doing it’s own fundraising.