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As the REM Center is no longer available for our programs,  programs will be either at the Alfond Center or the Waterville Public Library.

Our Next Programs!!

 November 15

11:30 am

at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan

Note the earlier starting time, so get there 15 minutes early if you are having lunch.

Professor Loring Danforth of Bates College


Saudi Modern: Contemporary Art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The images most Americans have of Saudi Arabia are frighteningly predictable – deserts, camels, and oil; Sharia law, Islamic fundamentalism, and jihad; rich sheikhs in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists. In this talk I challenge these destructive Orientalist stereotypes by introducing the relatively unknown world of contemporary Saudi art. The work of young Saudi artists presents a unique insiders perspective on Saudi society and culture that offers more nuanced and complex portraits of Saudi Arabia than those that circulate in the American media. An open air mosque made out of chain link fencing. Yoda sitting next to King Faisal as Saudi Arabia joins the United Nations. And a Saudi woman painting a junked car pink.

  Loring M. Danforth is chair of the Anthropology Department at Bates College, where he has taught since 1978.  He is the author of five books and has written extensively on Greece.  His latest work, Crossing the Kingdom: Portraits of Saudi Arabia (University of California Press) is based upon a trip to the country he took with sixteen students in 2012.

The Library will have water and light refreshments available for guests. If you would like a sandwich, please fill out the enclosed order form and mail it with payment of $10 per meal by November 8th. If paying by check, please make it out to the Margaret Chase Smith Library. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Please register by returning the enclosed form or emailing Lynnette King . If you have any questions, contact the Library at 474-7133. We hope you will be able to join us for this novel perspective on a veiled and volatile region of the world.

Print and cut out this form and mail the Library at: 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan ME 04976.

_________I/we plan to attend: Name(s):_______________________

_________I/we would like to order lunch. The cost is $10 per meal.

Please return this form along with a check made payable to the: Margaret Chase Smith Library by Tuesday, November 8th.

Lunch consists of a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, cheese, (mustard & may packets), and chips, cookie, soda or water and your choice of the following:

_______Ham  ______Roast beef ______Turkey ______Veggie wrap ______ Check if you desire gluten free bread

December 7

12 noon

Steve Ball, Board member, will speak on his year in Vietnam. He returned in May.

Details will be published soon.

The Board will be scheduling programs for 2017. Details will be posted once firm dates and speakers are finalized.