Panel to discuss Afghan photos

February 2, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics and Todd Madigan Gallery are co-sponsoring a panel discussion, "Seeing Out of Bounds," on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Doré Theatre on campus. The panel will discuss issues arising out of the gallery's current exhibition, "Under the Veil: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan," and will feature CSUB faculty experts.

The exhibit consists of 25 photographs taken by Afghani women who remain anonymous, except by their group name, The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, or RAWA. These women put their lives at risk to take photographs revealing violent crimes committed against them and other Afghanis between 1992 and 2001 by the Taliban regime.

"The gallery exhibit is an important reminder of what humans are capable of, both in the committing of atrocities and in the amazing courage of the women who took the photos," said Christopher Meyers, director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and a CSUB philosophy professor. "The panelists, all experts in related areas, will discuss this, along with important questions about the political nature of art and of the role of museums and galleries."

Panelists include Rachel Bzostek, CSUB political science professor; Stephen Campagna-Pinto, philosophy and religious studies professor; Rebecca Weller, art professor; and Michael Johnson, director of the Todd Madigan Gallery. Meyers will moderate the discussion.

For information on the panel, please call the Kegley Institute of Ethics at (661) 654-2555. Admission and parking are free. Some of the exhibit's photographs will be shown during the panel and include human death, suffering and violence. Parents must accompany children under 18 years of age