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Hate Has No Home Here: A Community Conversation

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS EVENT IS HELD AT THE MT LEBANON HIGH SCHOOL, FINE ARTS THEATER

The Mt. Lebanon High School and The Mt. Lebanon Public Library are partnering with Repair the World Pittsburgh to present a community conversation on the topic of "Hate Has No Home Here: Listening To and Learning From Our Neighbors' Stories." The evening will begin with a panel discussion featuring Julie Mallis from Repair the World, Wasi Mohamed from Forward Cities, Jasiri X from 1HOOD Media and Tereneh Idia from Pittsburgh City Paper. The panel will be moderated by Zack Block from Repair the World. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the evening. 

Panelist Bio's:

 

Julie Mallis

Julie Mallis is a multimedia artist, VJ and educator working with digital media, paint, installation, performance, sound and audience interaction. Their work focuses on building community, audio-visual experiences, speaking truth to power, and imagining new landscapes.

Mallis has exhibited, performed and curated work across the United States including at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Coaxial Arts Foundation, PhilaMOCA, MOCA Cleveland, Baby's All Right, The Silent Barn, Fringe Arts and more. Mallis has a joint degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Time-Based Media and in Cultural Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mallis helped develop and carry out artist exhibitions and programming of creative hub BOOM Concepts, from 2014 through 2018 as the founding Creative Director. They were recognized as Creator of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2016, alongside longtime collaborator and BOOM Concepts co-founder DS Kinsel. In 2018, they were commissioned to paint a 1000+ feet mural on the ground of Strawberry Way in Downtown Pittsburgh. It features colorful imagery interlaced within an interactive game asking bold questions about equity and justice to the audience.

In addition to their work as an artist, they have built up and led the Positive Spin youth cycling program over the last decade. Across two different organizations in Pittsburgh (Bike Pittsburgh and MGR Youth Empowerment) they worked tirelessly with Pittsburgh public schools and area charter schools to ensure students in grades 4-12 had enriching and engaging after school and summer activities related to bike safety. Engaging with all people about bike safety became central to their work with Bike Pittsburgh for many years, resulting in them organizing and hosting Bike Pittsburgh’s 6th annual women and non-binary biking forum. This forum sought to add elements of solidarity, community, and understanding amongst women and non-binary people through the lens of biking and transportation accessibility.

These same themes of community, solidarity, personal enrichment, and accessibility run through all endeavors Mallis is involved with. Currently, Mallis is the Program Director at social justice based service organization, Repair The World. Whether at work or in the artist’s studio, their vision is constantly aimed towards how to better the future for themselves and other people, one day at a time.

Talk 

Growing up in a diverse area of Philadelphia, Julie learned the value of diversity of all kinds at an early age. With great grandparents from both sides of the family who fled state sponsored pogroms and persecution across Eastern Europe, and family who remained whose lives were taken due to the Holocaust, Mallis understands the power of resiliency, the importance of taking action for marginalized people, and the amazing worlds that solidarity across differences can build. Socioeconomic divisions matched with tensions across race, ability, citizenship and more can pit groups of people against one another. Instead, Mallis seeks to find unity, bring people away from isolation, and create a more welcoming and inclusive community. As the US was built on slavery, and we've seen these systems repeat and redefine themselves, we know that treating other humans with dignity and respect is the least we can do to foresee a safer and brighter tomorrow. Let us not forget history.

 

Tereneh Idia

Tereneh Idia is a designer and writer focused on issues of justice in society, design, arts and culture. She is the creative director and founder of IdiaDega a global eco-design collaboration of African, Indigenous and American American women launched in 2014.

In 2018 Tereneh became a special contributing writer and columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper, Her writing also appears in PublicSource, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AfroPunk and The North Star. 

Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. 

Tereneh is Pittsburgh Style Week’s Designer of the Year 2019. She won the Golden Quill for Best Column this year. She was named an national Artisan Leader leader at the Nest <> Hermès Convening on American Craft, in New York City 2018. Inducted into the Taylor Allderdice High School Hall of Fame in 2017. The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award Emerging Artist 2016. IdiaDega has presented their work in Paris, Copenhagen, New York City, Nairobi and Pittsburgh.

Tereneh Idia

Tereneh Idia is a designer and writer focused on issues of justice in society, design, arts and culture. She is the creative director and founder of IdiaDega a global eco-design collaboration of African, Indigenous and American American women launched in 2014.

In 2018 Tereneh became a special contributing writer and columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper, Her writing also appears in PublicSource, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AfroPunk and The North Star. 

Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. 

Tereneh is Pittsburgh Style Week’s Designer of the Year 2019. She won the Golden Quill for Best Column this year. She was named an national Artisan Leader leader at the Nest 

Hermès Convening on American Craft, in New York City 2018. Inducted into the Taylor Allderdice High School Hall of Fame in 2017. The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award Emerging Artist 2016. IdiaDega has presented their work in Paris, Copenhagen, New York City, Nairobi and Pittsburgh.

Talk 

The Power, Violence and Erasure of Words:  In the work of justice and equity many of the words we have become used to, even encouraged to use, are not moving us to the goal of freedom for all.  How we move further down the path of justice by changing what we say and in turn, how we think and act. 

 

 



Date:
Saturday Dec 7, 2019  - Saturday Dec 7, 2019

Time:
7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM

Contact:
Sharon Bruni    4129420932    brunis2@einetwork.net