Talks planned for Tuesdays at Mariposa in Peterborough

In its fourth year, Mariposa Afternoons resumes Tuesday at 2 p.m. Coinciding with the theme of the museum’s current exhibition, “Sacred Geography: Origins of Faith — Middle East,” the four presentations will be a combined celebration of the universe and the rich culture of the Middle East.

Beginning the series on April 30, Stories of Creation will be presented by the Mariposa’s Education Director Terry Reeves.

She will retell the story of creation as believed by various cultures throughout the world and take the audience on a tour of “The Kopanang Creation Canticle” exhibit, which tells the story of the universe inspired by the bible, philosophy and science as interpreted by the women of the Kopanang community in South Africa.

On May 14, the film “Journey of the Universe” will be screened with an introduction by the Museum’s Executive Director Karla Hostetler.

This Emmy Award-winning film weaves breathtaking imagery, science, and wisdom of the world’s cultures into a story that speaks of both the vast complexity of the universe, and the unique role each of us plays.

It is narrated by evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme, who created the film along with Mary Evelyn Tucker.

It’s a Date!, presented on May 28, will celebrate the highly revered fruit of the date palm and the integral part it plays in Islamic culture, its existence dating back to 4000 BC in Iraq.

Mose Olenik of the Mariposa will tell of its importance in the Middle East, as a food staple and trade commodity and its significance in myth and history.

She will share a tasting of several date varieties and suggested recipes.

The final presentation
in the series, “Islamic Art
& Architecture — Bridging East and West” will be held on June 11.

Katherine Hoffman, chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts at Saint Anselm College, will take the audience on a virtual trip through Turkey, Egypt, Southern Spain and Morocco viewing significant works of art and architecture and exploring the important cultural links between East and West.

All programs begin at 2 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Admission to each event is $5; members are free. Islamic Art & Architecture is free to all.

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