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Gallery Talk: Muslim Feminist Futures

With Piper Carter, Saima Mohsin, and Rashida Tlaib.

Halal Metropolis

Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00 – 8:30 pm


Virtual Event


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

RSVP Required

The Halal Metrop­o­lis exhi­bi­tion, by artist Osman Khan, pho­tog­ra­pher Razi Jafri, and his­to­rian Sally How­ell, explores the facts, fic­tions, and imag­i­nar­ies of the Mus­lim population(s) in Detroit and South­east Michi­gan as viewed through his­tor­i­cal research, doc­u­men­ta­tion of cur­rent con­di­tions, and explo­rations of future desires. The Halal Metrop­o­lis is one where Mus­lims prac­tice their faith freely and con­tribute to soci­ety with all of their tal­ents and com­mit­ments. It is cre­ated dia­log­i­cally and requires Mus­lims to be vis­i­ble to one another and to non-Mus­lims. It encour­ages Mus­lims to orga­nize and speak as believ­ers, cit­i­zens, and artists.

This webinar/​virtual gallery talk will explore the work of Mus­lim women at the fore of feminism’s future. Arts & Cul­ture Orga­nizer Piper Carter, U.S. Attor­ney for the East­ern Dis­trict of Michi­gan Saima Mohsin, and Con­gress­woman Rashida Tlaib will sit down for a con­ver­sa­tion, mod­er­ated by Halal Metrop­o­lis cura­tor Sally How­ell, on emerg­ing lead­er­ship in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity of South­east Michigan. 

Stamps events are free and open to the pub­lic, and we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing them acces­si­ble to all atten­dees. This event will be online using the Zoom plat­form with an auto-gen­er­ated Live Tran­script avail­able. Ques­tions may be asked using the Q&A fea­ture on Zoom. If you antic­i­pate need­ing any addi­tional accom­mo­da­tions to par­tic­i­pate, please email asbaban@​umich.​edu at least one week in advance of the sched­uled event so we can arrange for your accom­mo­da­tion or an effec­tive alter­na­tive. After receiv­ing your request, our team will fol­low up with you directly. This event can also be live streamed on the Halal Metrop­o­lis and Stamps School of Art & Design Face­book pages. 

Speaker Bios

Piper Carter

Piper Carter lives inside Detroit city. She is an Arts and Cul­ture Orga­nizer and Hip Hop Activist with focus on Enter­tain­ment Jus­tice, Envi­ron­men­tal and Cli­mate Jus­tice, Edu­ca­tion Jus­tice, the Maker Space move­ment, and Food Jus­tice, communities.

She is Host of the Piper Carter Pod­cast on Detroit is Dif­fer­ent where she dis­cusses Social Jus­tice and Hip Hop to a world wide audience.

She is an Image Maker, Fash­ion Pho­tog­ra­pher, Fea­tured four times on Tyra Banks’ VH1 TV show The Shot”, The First Black Woman to shoot for Hi-End pub­li­ca­tions such as French Vogue, British Elle, New York Times, Spin, & Essence Mag­a­zines, as well as emerg­ing tal­ent for Music com­pa­nies such as Def Jam, Sony Music, Warner Music, Uni­ver­sal Music, Dis­turb­ing tha Peace, Elek­tra Records, and BET.

She is co-Founder of We Found Hip Hop (The Foun­da­tion, uplift­ing, cel­e­brat­ing, and sup­port­ing Women in Hip Hop to help them build careers in a safer envi­ron­ment). She is Cre­ator of Dilla Youth Day (This day is a high­light dur­ing African Amer­i­can His­tory Month for young peo­ple to become excited about explor­ing the S.T.E.A.M (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, Art, and Math) dis­ci­plines through the process of par­tic­i­pat­ing in and lead­ing hands on engage­ment in fun edu­ca­tional activ­i­ties while rec­og­niz­ing a mod­ern home­grown fig­ure in Hip Hop.

She is also Cre­ator and Edi­tor-In-Chief for thes​tu​dioarena​.com (a sus­tain­able fash­ion mag­a­zine pro­mot­ing zero waste and inter­na­tional trade).

She is a 3‑Time Awardee Knight Arts Chal­lenge by The Knight Foun­da­tion Grant, Detroit Young Pro­fes­sion­als Van­guarde Award, Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions Grant Awardee, Cog­nizant Grant Awardee, Ford Foun­da­tion Awardee. She also received The Spirit of Detroit Award for Cre­at­ing Dilla Youth Day.

She is Coor­di­na­tor for Detroit Rocks The Run­way at The Annual African World Fes­ti­val, Mul­ti­me­dia Artist for Jes­sica Care Moore’s Black Women Rock, Part-Time Assis­tant Stage Man­ager at The Aretha Amphitheater.

She is for­merly co-Chair of Bravo Bravo (fundrais­ing com­mit­tee for the Detroit Opera House), Found­ing Mem­ber of Cos­mic Slop a Michi­gan based Black Rock Coali­tion, & for­mer co-Owner of 5egallery and 5 Ele­ments Arts Foundation.

As an activist in Detroit, she is a Vol­un­teer for East Michi­gan Envi­ron­men­tal Action Coun­cil (EMEAC), Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Team Coor­di­na­tor for Front­line Detroit Coali­tion, Cohort Mem­ber of Detroit Equity Action Lab (for Racial Equity), Found­ing Mem­ber of the Detroit Dig­i­tal Jus­tice Coali­tion, Vol­un­teer Staff Mem­ber of Detroit Inde­pen­dent Free­dom Schools Move­ment (pro­vid­ing sup­ple­men­tal edu­ca­tion to mar­gin­al­ized youth as a result of a failed pub­lic edu­ca­tion sys­tem), Adult Ally for Detroit Youth, Alumni of Pub­lic Allies Metro Detroit.

She is a Mem­ber of World March of Women US Chap­ter, serves on the Detroit Cre­ative Cor­ri­dor Cen­ter UNESCO Detroit City of Design Stew­ard­ship Board, National Board Mem­ber of Uni­ver­sal Hip Hop Museum, Mem­ber of the Detroit Chap­ter of Hip Hop Cau­cus, National Board Mem­ber & Sec­re­tary of Hip Hop Con­gress, Detroit co-Coor­di­na­tor for & National Board Mem­ber of HipHop4Foundation (pro­vid­ing relief to Black & Brown com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing nat­ural dis­as­ters), Mem­ber of the Black Cau­cus of Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance, Mem­ber of the lead­er­ship Team of The Ris­ing Majority.

She received the pres­ti­gious Muham­mad Ali Global Peace Ini­tia­tive Women of Impact Award from The United Nations.

Saima Shafiq Mohsin
Saima Shafiq Mohsin is the Act­ing United States Attor­ney for the East­ern Dis­trict of Michigan.

As the Act­ing United States Attor­ney, Ms. Mohsin is the chief fed­eral law enforce­ment offi­cial in the East­ern Dis­trict of Michi­gan, which con­tains approx­i­mately 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple in 34 coun­ties. The office is widely rec­og­nized for sig­nif­i­cant pros­e­cu­tions involv­ing inter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, vio­lent crime, pub­lic cor­rup­tion, envi­ron­men­tal crime, finan­cial fraud, drug traf­fick­ing, civil rights and numer­ous other crim­i­nal and civil mat­ters. As the Act­ing United States Attor­ney, Ms. Mohsin man­ages more than 245 employ­ees, includ­ing approx­i­mately 120 Assis­tant U.S. Attor­neys in Detroit, Flint and Bay City.

Ms. Mohsin assumed the duties of the office as the Act­ing United States Attor­ney fol­low­ing U.S. Attor­ney Matthew Schneider’s res­ig­na­tion on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2021. Before tak­ing on the duties of U.S. Attor­ney, Ms. Mohsin served as the First Assis­tant United States Attor­ney, the senior-most man­age­ment posi­tion in the office, for the pre­ced­ing three years. In that posi­tion, she served as the chief advi­sor to the U.S. Attor­ney and over­saw the office’s civil and crim­i­nal lit­i­ga­tion, its appel­late divi­sion, as well as all admin­is­tra­tive operations. 

Ms. Mohsin is a career pros­e­cu­tor who has more than 20 years’ expe­ri­ence in state and fed­eral courts pro­tect­ing the pub­lic from vio­lence, orga­nized crim­i­nal activ­ity, cor­rup­tion, theft and fraud, drug traf­fick­ing, child exploita­tion, and human traf­fick­ing. She joined the United States Attorney’s Office in 2002 and served in the crim­i­nal divi­sion for over fif­teen years in the Vio­lent and Orga­nized Crime, Drug Task Force, and Gen­eral Crimes units. Prior to becom­ing a fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, Ms. Mohsin served a Deputy Attor­ney Gen­eral in the Orga­nized Crime and Rack­e­teer­ing Bureau of the New Jer­sey Attor­ney General’s Office pros­e­cut­ing com­plex orga­nized crime cases, and as an Assis­tant Dis­trict Attor­ney in Man­hat­tan in a trial division.

Ms. Mohsin received her law degree from Rut­gers Law School – Cam­den, and her Bach­e­lor of Arts Degree in polit­i­cal sci­ence and eco­nom­ics from Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity – New Brunswick.

Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib is a well-known pro­gres­sive war­rior and, in her own words, a mother work­ing for jus­tice for all.” Her two young sons are at the root of her unwa­ver­ing pas­sion to help change lives for the bet­ter. She is the old­est of 14 chil­dren, born and raised in Detroit, the proud daugh­ter of Pales­tin­ian immi­grant parents.

Rashida made his­tory in 2008 by becom­ing the first Mus­lim woman to ever serve in the Michi­gan Leg­is­la­ture. She is beloved by res­i­dents for the trans­for­ma­tive con­stituent ser­vices she pro­vided, and for suc­cess­fully fight­ing the bil­lion­aires and cor­po­ra­tions that tried to pol­lute her dis­trict. When fam­i­lies get to know Rashida, they have no doubt that she will work tire­lessly to knock down bar­ri­ers for real change, and whether by pol­icy or action, she will roll up her sleeves to make sure her res­i­dents are cared for, no mat­ter how big the challenge.

When bil­lion­aire slum­lord Matty Moroun refused to fol­low the law and get pol­lut­ing semi-trucks off neigh­bor­hood streets, Rashida orga­nized res­i­dents with the We Have A Right To Breathe cam­paign and forced Moroun to ful­fill his oblig­a­tions to pro­tect­ing pub­lic health. When large piles of black dust started show­ing up on the Detroit river­front and blow­ing into homes and parks, and the Michi­gan Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity told res­i­dents every­thing was fine, Rashida col­lected sam­ples and got the sub­stance tested her­self — expos­ing the can­cer-caus­ing petro­leum coke” as a threat, and get­ting it removed.

As an attor­ney at the Sugar Law Cen­ter for Eco­nomic and Social Jus­tice, Rashida took the move­ment to the courts, fight­ing racist emer­gency man­agers, abu­sive state agen­cies, and lead­ing the fight for com­mu­nity ben­e­fits agree­ments that pro­mote equi­table devel­op­ment. Rashida knows that effec­tive advo­cacy requires an all-out approach, fight­ing in the com­mu­nity, in the leg­is­la­ture, and in the courts every day against injus­tice and inequal­ity, so that every sin­gle per­son in this coun­try has a chance to thrive.

She is cur­rently the Con­gress­woman for Michigan’s 13th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which includes the city of Detroit and many sur­round­ing communities.

This exhi­bi­tion is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan-Dearborn’s Cen­ter for Arab Amer­i­can Stud­ies (CAAS), with sup­port from the Knight Foun­da­tion, the Doris Duke Foun­da­tion, the Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Visual Arts, the El-Hibri Foun­da­tion, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of SE Michi­gan, and the Michi­gan Human­i­ties Council.