Move Over, Scheherazade
In the year 2000, Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington took off on the academic adventure of a lifetime. Through Virginia Commonwealth University, she found a position teaching three-dimensional design and ceramics to students in Qatar, and for 12 years she worked with a challenging and often talented group of kids—some the children of royalty, others on scholarship. She tells us about sensitivity training before she left for the Middle East, taking a “test drive” in an abaya, and some of her unusual and gifted charges. One became a devotee of Twyla Tharp and could re-create her moves with amazing precision; another designed an award-winning trophy for a prestigious international horse race. Some even went on to topnotch design careers, and all taught Ferguson-Huntington as much as she taught them. She’s now at work on a memoir called Move Over Scheherazade, and it will surely be a reminder that the Middle East is a region we are only now beginning to understand.
More about Ferguson-Huntington can be found on her website: http://kathleenfergusonhuntington.com/home.html