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St. Paul – Headscarf Story Circle: Tea Celebration

December 3, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

Composite image featuring photos of smiling women in headscarves from a Headscarf Story Circle held at the Minnesota Humanities Event Center.

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is excited to host Headscarf Story Circle – a series of offerings that recognizes the strength and resiliency of women. Join us for our fourth offering as we gather together through the shared connection of the headscarf and its complexity. Guests are encouraged to wear a headscarf or head dress that is symbolic of anything from a fashion statement, cultural identity, health related, or memories, and beliefs.

During these historical and current challenges, we will come together to share stories, embrace our differences, and support each other along the way. Reflecting on previous offerings, we will highlight the impact and discoveries made during previous gatherings as well as hold space for new stories. As we sip on teas and food from around the world, we will embark on a journey with cultural wellness professionals who will unveil their unique strategies for achieving balance and inner peace. Participation in past offerings is not required.


Wendy Goldberg is an adjunct professor in the religion department at Augsburg University and teaches first and seventh grades at the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. Prior to these positions Wendy was the Director of Spiritual Engagement at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis. Educated at Brandeis University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Wendy’s vocation is doing interfaith work and bringing a social and racial justice lens to all of her endeavors.

In 2022, Malika Dahir joined RISE as the new Executive Director. She also started a story-time program at her local co-op so that Muslim youth could see themselves represented positively and expanded this initiative to libraries throughout the county. She served as Executive Director at Pearls of Hope supporting young Muslims in becoming more confident, compassionate citizens of their communities through the power of mentorship.

Pamela Zeller is first generation born in the U.S. on her father’s side and is proud of her Mestiza ethnicity and culture she has over thirty-five years of nonprofit management and development experience. She shares this experience with other organizations through her nonprofit management company, Zeller Solutions. Her experience in all facets of nonprofit work, direct service provider, program developer, fundraiser, financial manager, strategic planner, facilitator, informs her work with WISE and other nonprofits.

Born and raised in North Minneapolis into an Afrocentric family, Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan was taught to serve at a young age. She founded Vegan By Nature which has served over 1,000 free vegan meals in 2020 and is continuing to expand its reach. As an entrepreneur, she continues to work as a Vegan Chef, Poet, and Educator with the goal of helping to “Heal the Hood” with food and art.

Lupe Castillo (She/Her) creator of HeartSpeaks: Voices of Cultura Healing & Writing Circles is a proclaimed XicanaIndia from the Southern lands. Lupe is a Poet, whose recent written work is documented in the Northside Green “Our Urban Canopy” Art/Coloring Book, published in June, 2023 and featured at the 2023 State Fair. As a Culture Bearer, HeartSpeaks provides activated radical collaborations in writing and spoken word artistry. Lupe is also a co-founding member of Palabristas, a Spoken Word LatineCollective. Lupe is deepening her work as an Artist by partnering with other BIPOC & LatineArtist Collectives in the Twin Cities and beyond. She facilitates community gatherings and offers writing guidance where participants write about their connections to home, family, significant others, spirituality, Indigenous Identities, Murals and Cultural Arts.


To ensure that cost is not a barrier, we have a limited number of complimentary spaces available for Minnesota residents. If you would like to receive a complimentary spot, please register early with the promo code FEEWAIVER.

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December 3, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
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Minnesota Humanities Event Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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