The Aura of War

The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences sponsored “The Aura of War," an art exhibit by the independent Iranian artist Minoo Emami. It was on view from March 21, 2016 through April 26, 2016 in UMass Boston's Harbor Gallery, located on the first floor of McCormack Hall. Click here to see photos of the exhibit on our Facebook page!

This exhibit included several special events and opportunities to engage with the artist:

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 31 from 4-7 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: Tuesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. - "Women, Art and the Legacy of War": Panelists Minoo Emami, Maryam Kamali, Jill McDonough, and Rajini Srikanth will examine the intersections of war and its effect on women’s lives and creative expression 
  • Workshop for Veterans and Students: Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

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Co-sponsors for this show included Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, the Honors College, Women's and Gender Studies Department, MFA program, and a Creative Economies Initiative Fund grant from the University of Massachusetts’s president’s office.

Please direct any inquiries to the event coordinator, Mitch Manning. He can be reached at or 617.287.5863. For disability related accommodations, including dietary accommodations visit:

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The artist would like to thank:

  • The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; The Harbor Gallery and its wonderful staff; and all of the co-sponsors for this event.
  • Artists who collaborated on “The Peace March" project: Homa Saadatian, Sara Hosseini, Golara Halabian, Rakhsha Mansouri, Nadere and Negar Hashemi, Leyla Taheri, and Maryam Alagha.
  • Designer: Vida Riahi
  • Photographers: Ali Yazdi, Morteza Delgir
  • Friends who made this show possible: Mitch Manning and Meghan Caveney.
  • Special thanks to Michael Sullivan for editing the interviews.