Ruby Tear Catcher
in the Middle East
October 11, 5:30-8:30pm
Ries Lounge, 19 South Wabash, 2d floor
5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more
cocktails. $40 includes drinks, two cigars,
Reservations are required.
The significance of the Middle East in our world today and the
plight of women in particular is a vital and timely topic. The
recent demand for democracy in the Middle East demonstrates that
freedom and equality are basic human principles that repressive
governments or fundamentalist rule cannot stifle forever.
In her novel,
The Ruby Tear Catcher, Nahid Sewell explores the impact of
religious fundamentalism on the people of Iran and on Iranian
women in particular. She describes life in Iran before and after
the Islamic Revolution, evoking images of blue-tiled mosques,
Persian kings and the taste of lamb kabob and saffron rice in
contrast with curfews, gun-toting soldiers, chadors that cover
women from head to toe, and the quest for freedom. Describing
the radical changes under Islamic rule, Sewell charts the
social, cultural, political and religious changes that have
taken shape in her country in the past thirty years.
for human rights, Nahid speaks on behalf of her sisters in the
Middle East, seeking tolerance and equality for men and women of
all colors, races, religions and cultures.
was born in Tehran, Iran, before the Islamic Revolution. After
finishing high school in Tehran, she came to the U.S., where she
obtained a BA and MBA from Lehigh University. In addition to a
successful IT career, Sewell has written hundreds of articles
and four non-fiction books. She is married to Cigar Society
member Gerry Sewell.