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2012.02.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Poetry Reading to Commemorate Baghdad Car Bombing

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) welcomes the campus community, as well as the public at large, to a special reading of Arabic and English poetry on Monday, March 5.

Monday’s poetry reading, which runs from 6 to 7 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery, is titled “We Remember al-Mutanabbi” and marks the fifth anniversary of the car bombing that killed at least 30, injured dozens of others and devastated the titular historic literary and cultural center of Baghdad.

Nibras Mahmood, a native of Baghdad and lecturer in the Foreign Languages and Litaerature Department; Bonnie O’Connell, professor in the Department of Art and Art History; Denise Brady, art gallery coordinator; as well as invited readers, will read from broadsides produced for the international “Al-Mutanabbi Street Project” in response to the March 5, 2007 event.

“It is our hope to bring people together to remember what happened that day,” Brady said. “To understand that this was an attack on knowledge and understanding and people, and to hear words of witness in both Arabic and English.”

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus at 6001 Dodge St. This event is free and open to the public and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information, please call the gallery at (402) 554.2796.

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