The Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman Lecture

Faith in Action: Working for Justice in St. Louis

with speakers Dr. Billie Mayo & Dr. Shima Rostami

Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Graham Memorial Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis
(Guest parking in the Danforth University Center garage)

The lecture is part of Interfaith Week at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lecture and dinner sponsored by the Isserman Fund, the Office for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life and the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

About the speakers

Dr. Shima Rostami is a human rights and social justice activist who is involved in the prevention of human trafficking in the St. Louis metroplex, the state of Missouri, the U.S., as well as international communities. Dr. Rostami serves as the Executive Director of Gateway Human Trafficking, a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Human Trafficking and Hate Crime Task Forces, and a board member of the Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis. She is a Muslim.

Dr. Billie Mayo, a retired Saint Louis Public Schools educator, is a Senior Consultant and former co-owner of Educational Equity Consultants, an organization committed to dismantling the oppression of racism in public education. Dr. Mayo has served as President of the Board of Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis, is a member the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership, and is a member of the Baha’i Faith.

Drs. Rostami and Mayo will share powerful stories about the intersections of their social justice work in St. Louis and their religious and spiritual practices and beliefs.

About the lecture

The Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman Lecture honors the life of the late Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman, the distinguished rabbi and author who was actively involved in social justice and interfaith issues locally, nationally, and internationally. The Isserman Fund, through which both the lecture and prize are supported, was founded by Rabbi Isserman’s widow Ruth and their children in 1992. The Isserman Lecture invites the WashU and St. Louis community to engage in conversation around social justice and interfaith relations. The public program has featured faith leaders, journalists, educators, artists, and activists from a diversity of faith traditions and across the United States.

For more information

Contact The Rev. Callista Isabelle, Director for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life.