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Cultural Bridging in Rural Bosnia will be the topic of Janet M. Powers and Marica Prozo’s 3rdthursdaynoon program on June 20 at the Arts Education Center. This photo entitled Bakovici Grandmothers is part of an exhibit of Powers’ images currently on display at the center.

Cultural Bridging in Rural Bosnia topic for 3rdthursday series on June 20

Janet M. Powers and Marica Prozo will present a 3rdthursday program about their work to bring Christians and Muslims back together through folkloric dance and dialogue after the Balkan War.

The program, for the Adams County Arts Council’s 3rdthursdaynoon series, is set for June 20 at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg.

The women are co-authors of Circles on the Mountain: Bosnian Women in the Twenty-First Century. The book combines scholarly research with first-person interviews to examine the current state of women in Bosnia twenty years after the Balkan War, their emotional recovery, their economic situation, and their prospects for the future. It describes how two of the worst issues affecting Bosnian women today are domestic violence and trafficking.

Pittsburgh native Janet M. Powers came to Gettysburg in 1963 where she began a teaching career which spanned 49 years in English, and South Asian, Peace and Global Women’s Studies. She is a longtime affiliate and presiding officer of Mediation Services of Adams County. For the past three years, Powers has taught spoken English to English teachers in the Chin state of Myanmar. Her photos, captured during visits to Sarajevo and Middle Bosnia from 2011-2018, are currently on display through the end of June at the Arts Education Center.

The daughter of college graduates and a graduate herself from the University of Sarajevo, Marica Prozo was a school psychologist and taught 11th grade psychology in her native Bosnia. When war broke out, Prozo and her family fled her homeland first to Germany, where they worked as migrant laborers, and later to the U.S. In 2006, she chronicled her experiences in the book The Path of No Return: A Refugee Story. She is currently a special education teacher’s aide with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit.

The hour-long program is free and open to the public. The First Lady of the Confederacy, an Intimate Conversation with Varina Howell Davis, will be Rosann Pellegrino’s topic for July 18’s 3rdthursdaynoon program.

The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. For more information about the arts council’s classes, programs, or membership, visit www.adamsarts.org, or call (717) 334-5006.

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