Nov 22, 2020, 12:00 noon: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Beyond, Virtual Workshop for Barnes and Noble Fundraiser for Mid-State Literacy Council, State College, PA.
Nov 16, 2020, 6:30 pm: Diwali as part of the American Experience, Presentation at Penn State Health Capital Region (Dauphin) Multicultural Employee Affinity/Resource Group's virtual celebration in honor of Diwali, the festival of lights, Hershey, PA.
Mar 3, 2020, 6:30 pm: Reviewing History: Centering the Stories of Immigrants, Lecture for Centre County Reads (Book: Charming Billy, by Alice McDermott), Schlow Centre Regional Library, State College, PA.
Nov 23, 2019: NCTE Panel with Saadia Faruqi, Emma Otheguy, Rich Wallace, Sandra Wallace, Laura Shovan and Minh Le, Shaping Our Nation: Stories of First-and-Second-generation Americans, Baltimore, MD.
Feb 11, 2018: Speaker, Face to Face, TEDxPSU, "How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States." Click here for Video of Talk
Some comments on the TEDx talk:
"This TED Talk enlightens even the broadest of perspectives."
"Probably the best talk I've ever heard on Immigration and it's effect on the United States."
"Relevant, informative, thought provoking TEDx worth sharing - very well presented."
"Both inspiring and informative - a must-watch!"
OTHER SAMPLE PAST EVENTS: Talks/Presentations/Workshops
Workshop: "Voyages of Discovery: How Immigrants Shape/d America"
Class: How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States
This class introduces students to the history of Immigration, and uses data and examples to understand the role of immigrants in our society and counter existing stereotypes. Nalini received great, positive feedback from her students, including "You completely changed my view on immigration and immigrants," and "It really informed how I'm processing the news and current issues."
One-Act Play: Performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, at Penn State University, April 25, 2018
It was an absolute honor, and privilege, and a transformative experience to do this play, which is described briefly below. I am so thankful to Nassim Soleimanpour for conceiving this play. Several attendees told me they loved it - please go if you have a chance to see it sometime!
DESCRIPTION: No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation. A generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. A generation of computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. Nassim Soleimanpour has received rave reviews for this play: “A playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour.” –The New York Times; “A thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” –The Guardian; “The whole experience is altogether funny and serious and surprising and you — by which I mean we — are all in it together.” —San Francisco Examiner; “A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater.” –Entertainment Weekly