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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Blind With the Gift of Sight: Islamic Cosmology and Aesthetics in The Color of Paradise

This unique session will commence with a screening of Iranian director Majid Majidi's The Color of Paradise. His beautifully tender and powerfully catalytic film follows a segment in the life of Mohammad, a blind boy from the mountains outside of Tehran who is unwanted by his widowed father. It explores the larger, more universal idea of God in the Islamic faith, in which access to the divine only entails having an open heart and a pure soul. Following the screening, advanced art history scholars will hold a panel discussion with the audience in which they explain Islamic aesthetics and cosmology present in the film.

Presenters: Michael Beattie (Undergraduate Student)
Jenna Bower (Undergraduate Student)
Alisia Chase (Faculty)
Margarethe Harrison (Undergraduate Student)
Cheryl Hungerford (Undergraduate Student)
Meredith Schwab (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)