An educator committed to preparing students for an increasingly interconnected global world, SAMINA QURAESHI is also an award-winning author, artist and designer. She has devoted her life to cultivating the vital relationship between art and culture through national and international initiatives as a way to foster greater understanding among people.
As an artist, writer and photographer Samina brings the multifaceted story of Islamic culture in South Asia to the international stage. As a teacher of community studies and design she is committed to intellectual and cultural diversity and exhibits wide-ranging knowledge of issues related to interdisciplinary work. As a senior executive in academia and government she is committed to collaboration and strategic alliances. A natural leader, with organizational and management skills, she demonstrates a diplomatic acumen for allocating resources and creating partnerships between private and public sectors, between NGO’s and government officials and between the academy and the community.
In her passionate calling for a new model of interdisciplinary learning and urban problem solving, Samina emphasizes the natural connections between art, spirituality and community in both her work as an artist and designer and her work as teacher and urban advocate. For Samina, art and social justice advocacy are inseparable components of a new political aesthetic and a new strategy for university education.
With the cultural emergency that faces our world today, Samina Quraeshi’s voice, through her art, her advocacy and her academic initiatives is one that promotes and envisions healing through understanding of our collective humanity while honoring and supporting our diverse traditions.
She was the first Gardner Fellow and Visiting Artist (2009) at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. From this year-long fellowship came her new book on Sufism, Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus (Peabody Museum). Click here to read more.