OUR FEATURED SPEAKER:

ASMA RAHIMYAR

As the daughter of Afghan immigrants, Asma is attuned to the corrosive effects of impunity—her aspirations, therefore, revolve around the imperative of prioritizing human rights within transitional justice initiatives. Asma is currently pursuing a double baccalaureate in political science and philosophy, as well as a minor in English literature, at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the first Rhodes Scholar, as well as the first Truman Scholar, in both Southern and CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities) history.

OUR FEATURED SPEAKER:

EDEL RODRIGUEZ

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Spain. Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, cultural displacement, and mortality.

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