Mona Haydar: Combining Art, Activism and Islam
Mona Haydar, rapper, chaplain, poet, and theologian, brings her fierce, wise voice to the community of UVM.
Fresh off the success of her debut EP "Barbarican" and armed with a Masters in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminar in New York City, Mona Haydar comes to Vermont to discuss her music, her spiritual path and the power of art.
Billboard Magazine named Haydar's breakout hit "Hijabi" one of 2017's best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her "Ask A Muslim" project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series "The Secret Life of Muslims" and remains the most-watched episode of the series. As an Masters student, she worked as a chaplain at NYU and studied post colonial theology. The Flint, Michigan-raised Syrian American, daughter of immigrants, and slayer of white supremacy comes to UVM from her home in New Mexico to share some of her work and engage in dialogue with our community.
Among the themes she plans to discuss are combating the rising tide of White Supremacy, Music and art as a tool of resistance, intersectional identity, and what it means to be an artist, musician, rapper, activist and God-lover in our current times.
For more information, contact Lena Ginawi at 802-503-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.