Please join us for the Food for Thought Speaker Series in conversation with Dr. Ali M. Rahman, Lecturer in Critical Writing at Penn.

Talk title: "Silicon Valley Religiosity: South Asian American Influence in Islamic Spaces"

Dr. Ali M. Rahman is a Lecturer in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. While completing his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara focusing on digital rhetoric and composition with an emphasis in writing studies, Ali reviewed and edited manuscripts for multiple academic journals, ran writing workshops in partnership with various centers on campus, collaborated with university administrators to implement career-oriented programming for graduate students, and helped facilitate faculty grant writing workshops. Ali also earned his MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College with an added focus on nonfiction while working for New York Public Radio and writing content for their website. He has taught both professional and creative writing in a variety of capacities including in the Middle East with refugee populations, the New York prison system, independent K-12 and boarding schools, and a large public university. His research focuses on digital writing, rhetoric, pedagogy, and education. He is currently working on a book exploring Islamic authority in online spaces and how Muslim Americans navigate their search for knowledge in a neoliberal age.

Masks are required per University and City guidelines except when outside and socially distanced. Everyone must register on Penn Open Pass and sign in at the event per university regulations. 

Free boxed lunch will be available to take away. The capacity of the room is 40 people  please RSVP here in advanced or 

join us by Zoom here!