February 2021
Feb 15
Monday, February 15 • 8:00 pm (est)

A Presidents’ Day Performance & Community Conversation

American Values, Religious Voices is proud to present “Dear President Biden.” This live, virtual event features award-winning actors, musicians, a U.S. Congressman and youth activists as they animate letters from the Values & Voices campaign. The performance will be presented nation-wide on Zoom followed by a community conversation about ways we can strengthen our communities and help our country live up to its highest ideals.

For the entirety of the event, both ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be available to all participants.

The event is FREE to the public with reservations required.  REGISTER HERE.


Performers include Emmy winner and Oscar nominee David Strathairn (TV’s Temple Grandin and the films Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln and The Bourne Ultimatum), Obie winner Nilaja Sun (whose one woman show No Child… had an acclaimed New York run and toured internationally) and Michele Tauber (credits include HBO Max’s Search Party), Angel Desai (Broadway’s Company and Co-Founder of The Asian American Performers Action Coalition) and Taysha Marie Canales (Actor, Wilma Theater Hothouse Company).

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriters Keisha Hutchins Hirlinger, Ami Yares and Bethlehem the Vocussionist will perform original songs inspired by the letters.

The program also will feature U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA 3rd District) and youth activists.

The event is directed and hosted by Philadelphia-based theater director and producer David Bradley. Bradley has gained acclaim for civic-themed arts projects with Americans for the Arts, the National Constitution Center, World Cafe Live, People’s Light, Theater of War, and Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. Bradley will also facilitate the community conversation.


Want to know more?

Recent press coverage includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Philadelphia Citizen, and NBC10 Philadelphia.

Sponsored by Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.
Hosted by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.


March 2021
Mar 30
Tuesday, March 30 • 8:00 pm (EST)

“Excuse me, I’m speaking.”

Conclude Women’s History Month with a conversation by and about women religious studies scholars. Panelists will engage each other and the audience in a discussion about the contribution of women to the 100 day initiative and to religion and politics.

Hosted by: 

Rabbi Dr. Andrea L. Weiss
Letter 1
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost
Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Facilitated by: 

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis
Letter 42
Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching
Luther Seminary


Dr. Jacqueline M. Hidalgo 
Letter 45
Professor of Latina/o/x Studies and Religion
Williams College

Dr. Lia C. Howard 
Letter 25
Student Advising and Wellness
Director, SNF Paideia Program
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa-Baker
Letter 53
Senior Instructor Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University

Rev. Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw
Letter 17
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
Christian Theological Seminary


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