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“We are not going to have an absence of conflict, it’s how we respond to conflict that’s going to make a difference.” - Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Ed.D.

(In speaking in January 2006 with The Southern Christian Leadership Conference regarding setting up a conflict resolution center in Dimona in southern Israel, home of the African Hebrew Israelites.)




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Contact: Anne Rocheleau, Founding and Creative Director,  401-831-3388/  401-742-8408

 “What Does One See from a Minaret?”
- a public dialogue -

WHAT:    An on-stage dialogue about the book “MOSQUE” titled “What Does One See from a Minaret?” with author/illustrator DAVID MACAULAY and architectural historian NASSER RABBAT; moderated by talk show host CHRISTOPHER LYDON

WHERE:  RI School of Design Auditorium, 17 Canal St., Providence, RI

WHEN:         Saturday, May 13, 2006, 7:30 PM

WHO:      A benefit fundraiser for Spaces For Peace

Caldecott Medalist author illustrator David Macaulay will talk about his recent book “Mosque” with the Aga Kahn professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT Nasser Rabbat in an on-stage dialogue moderated by radio talk show guru Christopher Lydon of “Open Source.”

Renowned Boston Globe-Horn Book Award recipient, Macaulay carved his reputation upon writing and illustrating “Cathedral,” “ City,” “Pyramid,” “Underground,” the international best-selling “The Way Things Work: From Levers to Lasers, Cars to Computers” and many other books and PBS videos.

“Mosque” chronicles the rebirth of a 16th century Turkish neighborhood through the building of a Mosque.  Although the story is fictional, it accurately depicts the architecture and construction of a “spiritual centerpiece” and its integrating role in a Muslim neighborhood.

The lively on-stage dialogue will explore the complexity of cultural identities and thought provoking cultural bridge building through the lens of urban planning and architectural design.  It will examine the social, symbolic, and psychological dimensions of Islamic architecture in a world where Islam is the professed religion of one-sixth of humanity.

The event is to benefit Spaces For Peace, an international nonprofit organization working to catalyze a culture of peace by building open-structured art spaces in parks, plazas and on campuses that make familiar the philosophy and logic of peace, nonviolence, and deracialization.

Funds raised will support the design and construction of the world’s first Spaces For Peace sculptural site.

Open seating.
Benefactor tickets $100
Advance tickets $40, at the door $50, $15 with college student I.D., under 18: $10

Angel sponsorships and ticket information available by calling 831-3388. 

Volunteers for the day of the event are also needed.  Please email: volunteers@spacesforpeace.org

Macaulay’s 2004 Commencement speech: http://www.risd.edu/pdf/views/Views_Fall2005.pdf
Christopher Lydon and Open Source: http://www.radioopensource.org/user/chris
Naser Rabbat: http://architecture.mit.edu/people/bg/cvrabbat.html
Spaces For Peace: http://www.spacesforpeace.org


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