Want to laugh, cry, and have an incredibly moving evening? Connecting the Stories: Hear Her Story promises to be all that and more. According to the event page, come for “an evening bound to open your eyes, and our own, to the paths, lives and struggles of these courageous women. Be prepared to be surprised, inspired and enlightened!”
“The event is basically a forum for the Muslim girls here to share their various experiences from around the world with the wider Middlebury community. This is a very personal event, where most of us will be sharing in ways that we have not shared before,” organizer of the event, Hafsa Ahmad Sial, elaborated.
There will be eight readers total: six Middlebury students, an Afghan student studying locally, and the Director of the Chellis House, Karin Hanta. Each will either share their own writing, a piece from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (a project that works to empower Afghan women to tell their stories and encourages the inclusion of women’s voices in Afghanistan), or a piece from another Muslim woman author.
Hafsa notes, “We hope to create a connection between the poets/storytellers and our audience, one that transcends just this night, so that the community will be more aware of the diverse struggles, lifestyles and the backgrounds of these girls. We will have a question and answer session afterwards, in hopes of opening up a dialogue.”
Hear Her Story, tomorrow, Friday, 8-9:30pm at the Cross-Roads Cafe.