Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq (March 16 – April 6)

Written on February 28, 2014, by

by Helen Benedict

March 16–April 6, 2014, The History Theater, St. Paul, MN

The stories of soldiers on the front lines of American’s most recent wars are unlike any that came before – especially for women in uniform. This provocative and timely play by award-winning author Helen Benedict, is based on interviews with soldiers stationed on the front lines in Iraq; these are the real words of eight battle-tested women warriors recounting their experiences on battlefield and in the barracks, and their personal journeys toward recovery and justice. Honest, heartfelt, and current, this play directed by Austene Van, opens the door for conversations about war, gender, and the challenges facing the next generation of American soldiers.

Enjoyed most by ages 16+

IARP Show Night: March 20

Join us for the 8:00 pm show on Thursday, March 20 and stay to meet the actors! Reserve your tickets for just $22 by emailing info@reconciliationproject.org.


Lands Of Water Exhibit

Written on December 2, 2013, by

Lands of Water Announcement


Water for Peace Art Auction at Medtronic Child Care Center, Minnesota

Written on June 13, 2013, by

Week of: June 3 2013

“Only 30 percent of children nationwide have access to safe drinking water in Iraq.”
~UN Children’s Fund

At the Medtronic Child Care Center in Minnesota, the Preschool 1&2 and the Transition classrooms wanted to make a difference…


The Dance of Words

Written on February 4, 2013, by

IARP is a sponsor of a new exhibit opening on February 25 in Minneapolis, The Dance of Words, a group exhibit of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures. Iraqi-American artist Ayad Alkadhi is among the featured artists. The exhibit is organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota.

Dates of Exhibit: February 25 – March 15, 2013
Exhibit Location and Hours: Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


The Gospel of Rutba: Presentation by Greg Barrett

Written on February 4, 2013, by

Join investigative journalist Greg Barrett on Thursday, February 21 for a presentation on his new book, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis Books, 2012). The book begins with the story of Iraqi Muslims rescuing seriously injured American Christians Peacemakers and nursing them back to health during the 2003 “shock and awe” bombings.


Photos: Reception with Iraqi Authors and Filmmakers at the University of St. Thomas

Written on January 29, 2013, by

On January 24, 2013, IARP co-hosted a reception with Iraqi and American veteran authors and filmmakers. The featured authors and filmmakers were refugees, immigrants, and veterans who created books and videos about their stories in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates for Human Rights in 2012.

The reception was co-hosted by IARP, The Advocates, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. To view the books and videos online, visit http://iraqiartproject.org/bookmaking-and-videomaking/.

Photos below were taken by Rebecca Jean Lawrence Photography (facebook.com/RJLawrencephoto):


You are Invited to Help Celebrate Iraqi Authors and Filmmakers in Minneapolis

Written on December 9, 2012, by

On January 24, 2013, IARP will partner with The Advocates for Human Rights, the Veterans Book Project, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas to host a reception with Iraqis in Minneapolis who wrote books or produced films with IARP and partners this summer. The reception will feature the Iraqi-produced books and screen the four short films.

Date: January 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Schulze Hall Atrium, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Click here to view the poster for the event. Click here to view the books and videos online.

Questions? Please contact Luke Wilcox at (612) 367-6194 or
luke (at) reconciliationproject.org.


Images of Hope: IARP and Maple Grove Arts Center to Present Contemporary Iraqi Artworks

Written on October 5, 2012, by

Almost a decade after the United States invaded Iraq, the effects of war and occupation remain: deaths of loved ones, violence, and destroyed infrastructure. Yet there is also hope. In a new exhibit presented by IARP at Maple Grove Arts Center, young Iraqi artists bring attention to both the lasting devastation of war and hope for the future.

The Innocence of Muslims:

Written on October 1, 2012, by

Please join us for this informative upcoming event:

The Innocence of Muslims with Speaker Imam Makram El-Amin

Wednesday, October 3
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Anderson Student Center, 378B
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Why do Muslims react to the depiction of Prophet Muhammad? Why can’t the Prophet Muhammad be depicted?

These questions and many more will be answered by Imam Makram El-Amin.  You will also be able to ask any questions.


Muslim Christian Dialogues in Minnesota

Written on September 17, 2012, by

The Minnesota Council of Churches and The Islamic Center of Minnesota host monthly dialogues to encourage deeper understanding of one another and to listen and learn from those who follow different faith traditions.

During each two-hour session, different aspects of faith are presented and participants have time to ask questions of the presenters and of each other. Sessions are free and open to the public.