Amal Kassir is a Muslim woman, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, to a German-Iowan mother and a Syrian father. She is an international spoken word poet, having performed in 10 countries and more than 45 cities. She has conducted workshops, given lectures, and recited her poetry in venues ranging from youth prisons, to orphanages and refugee camps, from universities to churches and community spaces for the public. She designed her own undergraduate degree called “community programming in social psychology,” and is a major proponent of education and building individual agency in particularly underserved and vulnerable populations, especially through writing. She hopes to take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps, Insha’Allah.
Amal will speak about women and identity as part of the Opening Plenary.