Upcoming Free Lecture - Empowering Muslim Women and Communities: A Personal Story

Special presentation by Dr. Sarah Sayeed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – On Saturday, September 17 the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor in the Community Affairs Unit at the New York City Mayor’s Office. Sayeed will be giving a special presentation titled “Empowering Muslim Women and Communities: A Personal Story.”  The lecture begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Scholar, activist and interfaith leader Dr. Sarah Sayeed will speak about her experience as the mediator between the Muslim community and the Mayor’s office in New York City, and as a Muslim woman growing up and living in America today.

Immediately before she was appointed to the Mayor’s office, Dr. Sayeed worked for seven years at the Interfaith Center of New York as the Director of Community Partnerships.  Dr. Sayeed brings together people of all religious traditions, including those who ascribe to none, “to foster respect and mutual understanding.” Her work helps people know each other beyond socio-political bounds.

The lecture is presented in partnership with Bridgewater State University Center for Middle East Studies and Communication Studies.


Contact: Tina Malott
Communications Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140 (office)


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. Visit www.whalingmuseum.org.