Assembly Series continues: Cultural identity, spirituality in a secular world

The fall 2007 Assembly Series schedule continues through Nov. 15. Please note the date, time and place for each talk. All programs are free and open to the public.

Zarqa Nawaz

The Pakistani/Canadian Muslim filmmaker will deliver the Olin Fellows Lecture at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 in Graham Chapel. Best known for her Canadian situation comedy, “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” Nawaz’s work tries to break down Muslim stereotypes. Her address on “Crossing Cultures” will continue with a panel discussion from 2-4 p.m. in the Women’s Building Lounge.

Rabbi Avi Orlow and the Rev. Gary Braun

Two members of the campus ministries will lead a forum at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 that will explore the benefits and challenges they encounter as spiritual leaders at a secular institution. “This I Believe: The State of Spiritual Life at Washington University” will be held in Graham Chapel and will allow Orlow and Braun to share their beliefs and encourage others to share theirs.

Kal Penn

At 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the 560 Music Center, the young actor will share his experiences as an Indian American trying to break into a film industry that seldom recognizes the value of ethnic diversity. The star of the 2006 film, “The Namesake,” has appeared in dozens of television shows and movies. The student organizations Ashoka and Mixed Students will co-sponsor the talk. (Note: The Music Center is located at 560 Trinity Ave. in University City.)

Jeff Johnson

The popular BET program host and social activist will provide advice on effective leadership at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in Edison Theatre. His talk, “BECOME Activists: Building Effective Campus Organizations and Maintaining Excellence,” comes from experience as the former director of NAACP’s Youth and College Division and from his success at reaching disaffected African American urban youth. The Association of Black Students will present this program as part of its annual Black Arts & Sciences Festival.