Amal Kassir

Amal Kassir, a young Muslim Syrian-American poet,  storyteller and activist, will speak at Missouri Western State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kassir has 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 to refugee camps to universities to churches to community spaces for the public. She advocates for education and building individual agency in underserved and vulnerable populations, especially through writing.

Kassir’s appearance is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education, the International Center, the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Student Government Association.

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