Interfaith Understanding Through the Arts and Humanities

The goal of the annual series is to bridge understanding of the world’s religions by highlighting the differences and similarities of various faith traditions through artistic expressions rooted in the arts and humanities.


Oracles of Change: Interfaith Understanding Through the Art of Poetry

Nov. 11, 2021, 7 p.m., Virtual Event



About the Poets

Sadiyah Bashir, poet, fashion blogger and freelance writer, is a two-time youth Grand Slam poetry champion. Her poetry has been showcased on various media such as Al-Jazeera, Apple, Busboys and Poets and UNICEF.  Her first book, Seven, explores trauma and triumph through the lens of Black Muslim womanhood.  She is currently working on a second manuscript documenting the history and lives of Black Muslims in America.



Preeti Kaur Rajpal writes poetry and nonfiction. Her work can be found in literary publications, including Spook, Tupelo Quarterly, and Lantern Review. She has been a Poetry Fellow at Loft Literary, POETRY Incubator, Tin House, Kearny Street Workshop, and other literary institutions around the country. She received a 2019-2020 inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Literature.  She is a writer-in-residence at Storyknife and Anderson Center in 2021 and at Djerassi in 2022. Her forthcoming book of poems explores contemporary Sikh experience in the United States through the lenses of family, nation, history, and memory.


Spirit and Place Festival

The Franklin College event is part of the Spirit and Place Festival.  Visit the Spirit and Place website for more information.


Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

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Franklin College English Department’s Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writers Series

Bill ’61 and Sue Ann Brown

Sandra ’66 and Tom Hinshaw

Bob ’67 and Louise Epstein


More Information

For more information please contact the faculty event planning committee:

Rev. Hannah Adams Ingram………………

Professor Nick Crisafulli……………………

Professor Emeritus David Carlson………


Past Performances

2019-20 Interfaith Understanding Through the Art of Storytelling Program (PDF)

2019-20 Interfaith Understanding Through the Art of Storytelling Recording