Modern-Day Antigones

Co-presented by LIVE from the NYPL and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

Wednesday, October 5
7 PM
New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St. and Fifth Ave.)

The original Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting unabashedly for what they believe. To celebrate these heroes, the Onassis Cultural Center New York and LIVE from the NYPL invite Mona Eltahawy to the stage. A journalist, feminist, and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Eltahawy is a force to be reckoned with and an embodiment of this spirit. She is joined by yet another fierce and powerful author and journalist, Yasmine El Rashidi.

MONA ELTAHAWY is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, released April 2015, and is a contributor to The New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows. Newsweek magazine named Eltahawy one of its “150 Fearless Women of 2012″, Time magazine featured her along with other activists from around the world as its People of the Year and Arabian Business magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.

YASMINE EL RASHIDI is an Egyptian writer. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and an editor of the Middle East arts quarterly Bidoun. A collection of her writings on the Egyptian revolution, The Battle for Egypt, was published in 2011. Her essays have been published widely, and anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution, Writing Revolution, and the New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage. El Rashidi was a 2015/16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and is currently teaching at Princeton University. Her debut novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt, was published this June. She currently divides her time between Cairo and New York.

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