PAWTalks: Amal Kassir: Tearing Down Islamophobia
Join us this evening for our last PAWTalks of the semester!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 · 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
You won’t want to miss this! Check out our second PAWTalk for the semester featuring Amal Kassir! Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American international spoken word poet. She is a 2012 Brave New Voices International Slam Champion with Denver’s Minor Disturbance & has been featured in LA Times, PBS Newshour, Colorado Public Radio, Westword Magazine and the Denver Post. Based in Denver, CO, & teaches workshops to communities across Denver, performing nationally & internationally throughout the semester while picking up a shift or two from the family’s Damascus Restaurant.
Amal has performed in 8 countries and over 50 cities, from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps. Her work in the community involves humanitarian initiatives for Syria, speaking out and organizing against Islamophobia, and empowering the voice of the marginalized through writing & speaking. She organizes demonstrations, vigils, fundraisers & other educational events in Colorado & has spoken on several CO News Outlets.
Amal does spoken word poetry, lectures and workshops around the themes of activism, social justice, and leadership. She is a master of crafting words to paint pictures. Listening to her speak, you will be able to hear the beating of her grandmother’s heart, feel the pain of Syria’s orphans, and visualize the hope for a better world.
PAWTalks highlights the richness of various cultures through speakers from around the country representing diverse backgrounds.
Check out her TEDTalk on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIAm1g_Vgn0
(Content warning: Sexual Assault) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E59tiGx7S3g
This event is co-sponsored with the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. Halal Dinner will be served! This event is open to the public!