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Nandita Dinesh

Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie

November 27, 6pm

Free admission, donations to theatre gratefully accepted

"From all my experiences in the field, it's Rwanda and Kashmir that mostly dominate my writing in this book," says Nandita Dinesh, author of Theatre and War: Notes from the Field. The focus of the book is an exploration of theatre as a means to understand war and to explore the ethical and social justice issues that conflict inevitably raises. Nandita draws on her experiences working in Northern Ireland, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Nagaland, and Kashmir and layers her own reflection on top of the research she has done in how community theatre can be a tool for social justice.

Nandita teaches drama and is the associate director of the Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict at UWC-USA. "It is wonderful that Nandita brings such remarkable experience to bear on her work here at UWC-USA. As associate director of the Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict, Nandita contributes greatly to our students' ability to engage conflict in creative and constructive ways--on campus, in surrounding New Mexico communities, and beyond. The global perspective expressed in her book is one that is central to the UWC educational movement and deeply relevant in living our mission to make education a force for peace and a sustainable future."

"This book is not only about war, it's a book about how I encounter war as an outsider, as someone who has the resources to leave once the gunshots commence." Nandita employs the methods of auto-ethnography which ties her personal experiences and observations closely to the theory and research of a scholar.

Join Nandita for a reading from her book on Sunday, November 27 at 6pm at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie.