Rafey Habib, a professor of English at Rutgers-Camden, will read from his book of poetry Shades of Islam: Poetry for a New Century.

The reading will take place in the Stedman Gallery, which is currently showing the compelling exhibit Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas through Dec. 15.

Featuring well-established artists like Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi, whose work has been purchased by the Louvre and is now on view at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African Art, and newly discovered talent like Egyptian graphic designer Najla Arafa, the exhibit, presented by a team of Rutgers–Camden curators, offers a riveting immersion into the traditions and tensions experienced by women representing countries that also include Iran, India, and Israel.

The Stedman Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.  Admission is free. The Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden Campus. For more information, visit http://rcca.camden.rutgers.edu.

Funding for RCCA exhibitions and programs has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Campbell Soup Foundation; and other generous supporters.

When is it?

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:15pm

Where is it?

Fine Arts Complex, Stedman Gallery