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We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance by Linda Sarsour - Meeting 1 of 2

Monday, March 08, 2021 |
5:30PM - 6:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Between the Lines Book Club


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.

The Penn Museum invites you to unlock the human experience through literature. Join us for a unique twist on the classic book club model featuring carefully curated books with cultural connections, moderated by Penn Museum curators and special guests. A new book will be featured each month, from February through April.

Each month, Between the Lines participants will meet twice through interactive video conferencing: a kickoff and a concluding meeting at the end of the book. Readers are encouraged to continue the conversation and chat beyond these virtual meetings in the private Between the Lines Facebook Group. The moderator will share additional connections to the collection, supplemental readings and videos, and guiding questions through the virtual meetings and Facebook Group.

March's Featured Book

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance by Linda Sarsour

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders
A Memoir of Love and Resistance

by Linda Sarsour

It was a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn when a 19-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab and, for the first time, showing the woman she was growing to be: unapologetic in her faith and her activism. We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders tells the story of a young Palestinian American woman discovering her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11.

Now famous for her award-winning leadership of the Women's March on Washington, Sarsour shares her intimate coming-of-age story, describing how growing up Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities. From her father's bodega where she learned the real meaning of intersectionality to protesting in the streets of DC, Sarsour's story portrays what it means to find one's voice and use it for the good of others.

Moderated by Yaroub Al-Obaidi

Join special guest speakers and moderator Yaroub Al-Obaidi for a twist on the classic book club as we explore food and love as a means for universal connection. Participants will be invited to try recipes in the comfort of their own home while we dive into the historical context of dishes enjoyed throughout the Middle East.

$5 General Admission

Includes 2 meetings.

The Penn Museum is committed to making this group accessible. Limited scholarships, which include a digital copy of the book and waived registration fees, are available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line “Between the Lines Scholarship” to express your interest.

Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.