Montage Initiative and its Traveling Art Gallery program will present a new exhibit, "The History of Woman," from Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 23, at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the school's Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road.

The exhibit, held as part of the center's involvement in the school's Global Citizenship initiative, will feature works by local artists, students and faculty in celebration of cultural acceptance and individual expression, according to a school news release.

As part of the initiative, the school will host the third biennial "Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network Student Leadership Conference: Global Perspectives on Humanitarian Action" from Monday, June 11, to Friday, June 15. About 200 students, faculty and staff from Jesuit universities around the world will attend the conference to visit the exhibit, the release states.

Montage Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Bridgeport and London, England, is focused on providing impoverished and disadvantaged women and families around the globe with expanded opportunities to earn a sustainable living.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, will host a reading by author Julie Barbero Mughal, assistant director for the university's Center for Faith & Public Life, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

Mughal will read from her book, "Land Without Hats," a collection of oral histories from women around the world, exploring what it means to be a widow in different cultures. There will also be demonstrations by exhibiting artists Anna Linley, Reiki master, and Diane Platt, sculptor. Free admission. All sales of "Land Without Hats" at this event will benefit the Montage Initiative and its programs.

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