An immigrant's religious journey
The American Association of University Women will present a talk by Sabeeha Rehman, author and Wall Street Journal contributor, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1, at 494 East Avenue. Rehman wrote "Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim." She'll discuss women and Islam, the Quran, Sharia law, and the Shia-Sunni divide. Although Rehman's talk is free and open to the public, seating is limited and a RSVP is requested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rochester Social Welfare Action Alliance will present "Addiction, Recovery, and the Failed War on Drugs: a Community Dialogue with Jose Benitez," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the College of Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul Street, downtown Rochester. Benitez is a SUNY Brockport graduate and the director of Philadelphia's Prevention Point, founded in 1991 by ACT UP activists. The organization is recognized nationally for its advocacy of humane substance-abuse policies. Benitez will discuss the current opioid crisis and how people of color are disproportionately arrested and convicted of drug-related crimes.
Honoring three local notables
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists will hold a fundraiser to support a series of documentary films and children's books at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue. The series kickoff, "Rochester Legends," focuses on civil rights activist Constance Mitchell; Walter Cooper, research scientist and co-founder of the Rochester branch of the Urban League; and David Anderson, a founding member of the Black Storytelling League of Rochester. Tickets: $50. Reservations: email@example.com or Richard McCollough, 442-3728.
Film examines local Muslims
"The Muslims I Know," a documentary film by Mara Ahmed, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the RIT Interfaith Center. The film explores a Muslim-American community in Rochester through interviews with Islamic scholars and average Pakistani-Americans. Ahmed will answer questions after the showing. Sponsors are the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Muslim Student Association.