Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait

Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait

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by Yvonne Wakefield
     
 

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A spirited artist with a can-do attitude, Yvonne Wakefield leaves behind a secure life in the lush Pacific Northwest to teach art in the desert state of Kuwait. Over the course of six years, she will instruct university-aged Muslim women, earn her students' trust, and learn the consequences of freedom of expression, taken for granted in one culture but not granted in…  See more details below

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A spirited artist with a can-do attitude, Yvonne Wakefield leaves behind a secure life in the lush Pacific Northwest to teach art in the desert state of Kuwait. Over the course of six years, she will instruct university-aged Muslim women, earn her students' trust, and learn the consequences of freedom of expression, taken for granted in one culture but not granted in another.

Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet the traps never disappear, only multiply, as others set more for her, intent on denying what they have no desire to understand.

Told from the unique perspective of an artist, Suitcase Filled with Nails is a colorful, true, timely, rare and riveting tale about living and coping in the Middle East.

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ISBN-13:
9781935961987
Publisher:
Libertary Co.
Publication date:
04/19/2013
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ynonne Wakefield has her own specific point of view based upon years of interaction with the country of Kuwait. Like any of us, that POV is informed by who she is and what she sees and how she interprets it. This seems to be the way of all writers and I find her story of a western woman in an Arab country to be both fasinating and informative. How many western women would willingly throw themselves into a Muslim country? We should be thankful that she has brought back such a moving recollection that is both funny and chilling at the same time. Kuwait changed American policy in the Middle East and what happened there caused a chain of events that has brought us to where we are today. Ms. Wakefield's story is part of that history.