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USM Celebrates Women’s History Month with Gala Reception and Premier Performance of Play by Reza Jalali

The University of Southern Maine Women and Gender Studies program will hold its annual Women’s History Month Gala Reception on Friday, March 16. Following the reception will be a performance of a new play, “The Poets & the Assassin,” written by Reza Jalali, coordinator of USM Multicultural Student Affairs, and directed by Assunta Kent, USM associate professor of theater. Jalali, a native of Iran, came to the U.S. in the 1980s as a political refugee. He is the author of the 2010 children’s book, “Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle.”

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and cash bar in USM’s Wishcamper Center Atrium, Portland. Tickets for the reception are $15 public and $5 for students. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 780-4289.

The play will begin at 7 p.m. in USM’s Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, Portland. It is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and Poets Theater of Maine.

For more information, please call the Women and Gender Studies program at 780-4289.