Poetry Reading by Shirin Karimi from her new book, Enclosures

Event: A poetry reading by Shirin Karimi, honors senior, literature major, and pre-medical student, from her new book, Enclosures: Reflections from the Prison Cell and the Hospital Bed (BleakHouse Publishing, 2011)

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: EQB Lounge (East Quad Building Lounge; the old SIS Lounge), American University

Description: In this enthralling book of poetry, Shirin Karimi explores suffering and loss among the ill and imprisoned, bringing us to the heart of what it means to be human: in the face of adversity we can either be crushed by the weight of our lives or we can become, if only for a moment, “Weightless, like astronauts or angels.” With wisdom and compassion beyond her years, Karimi shows us, with aching beauty, the resiliency of the human spirit in times of great loss.


Sonia Tabriz Graduates from American University

BleakHouse Managing Editor, Sonia Tabriz, graduates summa cum laude and with University Honors from American University with a B.A. in Law & Society and a B.A. in Psychology. Tabriz will be attending The George Washington University Law School in the fall, where she was awarded a merit scholarship.



Claire Callahan’s inspiring creative dance performance

On Friday, April 20th, Claire Callahan took center stage to perform a solo piece of her contemporary choreography at the annual AU in Motion Spring Dance showcase. To create the piece, Callahan fused her technical ballet background with her more recent modern dance training at American University. The product was a dynamic two minute piece to “Concrete Wall” by Malaysian singer songwriter, Zee Avi which revealed Callahan’s uniquely fluid yet precise movement quality.

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