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Where the Lines of Our Hands Meet Resource Guide

Building empathy is a central theme in a lot of the work I feel passionate about. As part of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, I designed a resource guide from content created by Syrian and Iraqi individuals who have recently relocated to Philadelphia. Driven by questions about displacement and refuge, history and experience, the project explores art’s capacity to build empathy and create a deeper sense of belonging.

On these pages, the communities-in-resettlement share stores of family and vulnerability along with poetry, a great sense of humor, and practical tips about living in Philadelphia

The project resulted in exhibitions in 2019 at Swarthmore College in the spring, three locations in Philadelphia throughout the summer, and Brooklyn, NY in the fall.


Friends Peace Sanctuary Project

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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One of the highlights of the publication is a glossary section that contains both actual definitions of words the community found useful as well as heartfelt and humorous insights.