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As a means of ensuring that diverse perspectives are heard and affirmed on campus, Bunker Hill Community College hosts nationally recognized thought leaders to engage and inspire students, faculty, staff and the community. Speakers share their experiences and opinions in onstage conversations, literary readings and compelling lectures that expand and challenge our awareness of contemporary issues.

Sponsored in partnership with BHCC’s , the series of speakers for 2019–2020 is intended to support meaningful and relevant discussion inside and outside the classroom as part of an ongoing college-wide exploration of power and place, equity and cultural wealth—themes that served as the focus of the College’s Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute in May 2019.


A Virtual Conversation with Fatimah Asghar, Poet, Screenwriter, Educator, Performer and Author of BHCC's 2019-2020 One Book Selection If They Come For Us


Fatimah Asghar is a multi-talented writer, educator and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others. Her work has been featured on news outlets that include PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue and Huffington Post. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. Asghar is a member of the Dark Noise Collective, a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship recipient and a Kundiman Fellow.

Her chapbook After came out on Yes Yes Books in fall 2015. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color and the writer of If They Come For Us (One World, August 2018), a collection of poems that explores the legacy of partition and orphanhood. Along with Safia Elhillo, she is the editor of Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket 2019), an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A Live Virtual Reading and Presentation, 1 p.m.