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Quilts for Peace Now on Display

More than 300 people from all over the world contributed squares to the Middle East Peace Quilt, an international community art project and now a traveling exhibit, on display in Berea College’s Hutchins Library through Nov. 5.

Just one of the many beautiful quilts on display at the Hutchins Library

The exhibit is sponsored by the Berea College International Center and is part of the Center’s “Focus on the Middle East” events.

Thirty quilted panels, each about three feet square, depict the visions of Middle East peace and a shared future by men and women of all ages and backgrounds, including Jews and Palestinians. Each of the panels is displayed with its binder containing the names and personal statements of each quilt square maker, who range from professional artists to school children.

The project’s creator is Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, a Jewish fabric artist in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Shefrin first put out a call for squares in 1998, with a response she calls “extensive and wonderful in both their thoughtfulness and their creativity.” Shefrin says she views the Quilt “as a place where people who will never meet can listen to one another.”

On November 3, Shefrin will be on campus for two programs. As part of the “Peanut Butter and Gender Series” beginning at noon in the Women’s Studies Center, 2nd floor of Phelps Stokes, she will present “Stitching for Social Change,” a discussion of the social history of quilting as a route to world peace, including the Middle East Peace Quilt. A lecture at 5 p.m. in Baird Lounge (Alumni Building) will be on "Places of Hope; Israelis and Palestinians working together for peace."

Admission is free to both events.

For more information, contact Alison Garfinkle, international education coordinator, at (859) 985-3451, or Barbara Lakes, Women's Studies Department, at (859) 985-3217.

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