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Recover and Transform: Faith in Law
Wednesday, January 27
6:00 - 6:45 pm
What are the dynamics between law and faith?
What is the historical background of faith in legal tradition?
How can we use our own faith and interfaith backgrounds to envision a better legal system?
Isam Osman is a Walking the Walk program Alumni as well as a former Student Group Leader. He joined Interfaith Philadelphia's Board of Directors after he graduated from Drexel University's Biomedical Engineering program. He is a second-year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Suzy Bernstein's involvement with Interfaith Philadelphia began as a participant, and later a Student Group Leader, in the Walking the Walk program. She is a second-year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Intertwining Art and Faith
Wednesday, February 3
6:00 - 6:45 pm
How do you align your craft with the divine and the universe?
How are youth creating more possibilities in the arts world?
Husnaa Haajarah Hashim is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, student herbalist, and undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the chapbook Honey Sequence (The Head & The Hand, 2018) published during her tenure as Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia (2017-2018).
Laila Islam is a student at Moore College of Art and Design majoring in Curatorial Studies. They are the founder and co-curator of the youth-based visual arts collective: The Future is Us. Islam is also a Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
What is Reproductive Justice? Stories of Choice
Wednesday, February 10
6:00 - 6:45 pm
How do you define choice, and how has it come up in your fields?
How do you see reproductive justice intertwined with these systems? These structures?
What are barriers we’ve seen to reproductive justice?
Where does reproductive justice show up in faith and spirituality?
Madison Pettaway is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. At Penn, she co-coordinates Civic House's Community Engagement Program and serves as a Penn Anti-Violence Educator with the Penn Violence Prevention Center. She is extremely passionate about reproductive justice, especially Black maternal health and community-based doula support.
Mara Pliskin, M.Ed. (she/her) is a sexual health counselor and educator based in Illinois. Mara currently works at Planned Parenthood as a patient navigation program manager, working as part of a national cohort to establish an interstate reproductive healthcare access program. Mara is passionate about empowering young people to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health by providing comprehensive, medically accurate, pleasure-focused, queer-affirming sex education.