People

2019-2020 Executive Team

Hope Dargan - President

I grew up in Deland, Florida before coming to study Computer Science at MIT. After my freshman year, I took 3 semesters off to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ as Latter-Day Saints in Sweden. Since coming back in December 2017, I've been increasingly engaged in getting to know the wonderfully diverse MIT population and the faith and values that define each one of us in similar and unique ways. I also enjoy squash (the sport, but also the vegetable), games, reading and rock climbing.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Carbon
Favorite Fictional Character: Moana
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Sleep
The most incredible place I've visited: It's about the people, not the place. I meet some incredible people wherever I go.
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Martin Luther
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? clothes?
What would you pick as your "intro music"? High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco

Boaz Marks - Vice President

Hi! I am excited to join Addir for my second year! I am from Baltimore and currently in Course 16 (AeroAstro) and really super passionate about planes. I do a lot of different and random things around campus such as being a tour guide, mostly because I can't say no to a cool opportunity. Outside of school and extracurricular activities, I mostly hang out with my friends and cook good food.

Favorite Fictional Character: Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Ignoring all responsibilities
What would you pick as your "intro music"? I Don't Dance by Lee Brice

Robert Zollinger - Treasurer

I’m a proud Latter-day Saint! I married the love of my life in May, and she’s in Addir as well. 🙂 I study math, computer science, and music (composition, specifically). In my free time, I love to play squash, mess around on the piano, listen to video game soundtracks and jazz (and both simultaneously!), and play Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon. Ask me about my two-year mission in Australia or who my favorite Melee player is.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Copper (Cu)
Favorite Fictional Character: Winnie-the-Pooh, Sam Gamgee, or Atticus Finch (from “To Kill a Mockingbird”)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Humming to myself and transcribing any cool melodies I come up with
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Fred Rogers
The most incredible place I've visited: New Zealand
What would you pick as your "intro music"? “White and Nerdy” but only if it includes the shots of Donny Osmond dancing in the music video

Bex Nelson - Secretary

I'm from Mebane, North Carolina, and an undergrad in the Class of 2021. I'm double majoring in Applied Mathematics (Course 18) and Business Analytics (Course 15-2) and I live in East Campus on a hall called Putz. I love sailing on the Charles, playing the clarinet, reading, and baking (and eating) lots of desserts! I'm excited to spend another year making new friends and having intense spiritual conversations as a Fellow in Addir.

Favorite Fictional Character: Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Playing video games (most recent: Return of the Obra Dinn)
What would you pick as your "intro music"? With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles

Emma Bernstein - Fellowship Chair

Senior in Computer Science and Molecular Biology.

Favorite Fictional Character: Emma (Jane Austen)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Going to the beach
The most incredible place I've visited: Alaska

Marwa Abdulhai - Campus Engagement Chair

Peace be upon you! My name is Marwa and I'm a senior computer science major at MIT interested in robotics, deep learning, and ideas that have a social impact. I enjoy reading non-fiction, swimming, and having religious/philosophical conversations with everyone and anyone. My Muslim identity is also a huge part of my life - feel free to ask me any and all questions about it!

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Reading non-fiction while eating berries
The most incredible place I've visited: Kashmir, India
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Henry David Thoreau

Lyndie Zollinger - Interfaith Council Chair

I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a Mechanical Engineering student. I love to learn about and help other people. That’s why I’m part of Addir and why I do research on medical devices. I also love trying new things and exploring.

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Eating chocolate and taking a nap
The most incredible place I've visited: Home (but after that it’s a tie between Wellington, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia)
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Toto’s Africa

Lindsay Sanneman - Graduate Community Fellow

My name in Lindsay Sanneman, and I am a fifth year graduate student in the AeroAstro department. I am a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT and enjoy thinking deeply about the difficult questions around faith. For this reason, I also enjoy building bridges through Addir and learning about different worldviews in a way that allows me to incorporate new ideas into my own worldview. Outside of research and interfaith dialogue, I also enjoy pole vaulting and volunteering with the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition.

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Watching Netflix
Most Incredible Place I've Visited: Kerala, India
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Oscar Romero
What would you pick as your "intro music"? I'm in Germany by Flula Borg

Somesh Mohapatra - Executive Member At-Large

Somesh Mohapatra is a current PhD Candidate at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his BTech courses in 3 years in 2017, and tried his hands at Bioinformatics in Okinawa (Japan), a government job at UIDAI, and algorithmic trading in Singapore, before diving into the PhD program in the Summer of 2018. On the research front, he has had an eclectic experimental cum computational background in Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Cancer Immunotherapy and Electronic Materials. Now, he is into developing his skills in Materials Informatics and Machine Learning in the pursuit of being a holistic researcher. Apart from the labs, he can be found on the squash court, sailing on the Charles, cooking in the kitchen or immersed in a discussion on contemporary relevance of philosophy and logic at MIT.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Iron
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Meditation
The most incredible place I've visited: Okinawar
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Shorts and a Suit, not exactly Met but will be a departure from the formal side of mine

Ella Barnhill - Service Chair

Ella Barnhill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will still stand by the belief that it is the best city in the world, despite any and all evidence to the contrary. They were raised in an Irish Catholic family and have two siblings and lots of cousins, all of which are younger than them. They were a dragon kid growing up (and are now kind of a dragon adult). They are a Course 8 junior, yet they have a persistent froshiness that has never gone away and doesn’t seem like it ever will. They are excited to do Addir!

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Hydrogen
Favorite Fictional Character: Legolas
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Sleep
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? A suit screenprinted with pieces of religious art from various traditions
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Closer to Fine by the Indigo Girls

2019-2020 Fellows

Pervez Agwan

I am a Texan at heart & mind, but am currently lost in the New England cold for the time being. Raised in Texas, and worked in the energy sector as an engineer, and a consultant for the last 5 years. Currently pursuing my MBA here at MIT with a focus in energy finance, and hoping to improve the world's energy economy. I'm a practicing Muslim, I love everything about world religions/diversity of faith, and I'm blessed to be living with my wife Sofia, and our 2 cats: Samosa, and Jellybean; I'm also a major semi-colon enthusiast.

Favorite Fictional Character: Stringer Bell from The Wire
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Jogging / Working-out
The most incredible place I've visited: Cape Town, South Africa
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Malcolm X

Marwa AlAlawi

Marwa is a senior studying mechanical engineering (course 2) at MIT. She comes from a reaaaally tiny but beautiful desert-island in the Middle East called “Bahrain”. She is very passionate about language learning, product design, virtual reality and interfaith. Before coming to MIT, Marwa founded an interfaith week at her boarding school with other faith group leaders. She likes answering questions about her religion Islam, and has so many interesting stories and anecdotes to share. So don’t ever feel intimidated to ask her anything as long as it’s within her scope of knowledge 🙂

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Fluorine!
Favorite Fictional Character: Hello Kitty
Favorite Self-Care Activity:Reading Quran (especially the chapter of Prophet Joseph (Yusuf); it really calms me down)
The most incredible place I've visited: Japan!
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: All prophets peace and blessings be upon them!
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? While Islam encompasses many traditions around the world, I would still like to wear my Bahraini traditional clothes.
What would you pick as your "intro music"? “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” (I’ve been obsessing over Aladdin these past few months)

Sheila Baber

Sheila is a self-declared nomad on a search to become a better human being. Or at least, figure out what that means. As someone who had the opportunity to grow up in six countries, she is awed by the similarities and differences between the values and beliefs of the people she came across—and is still in the process of picking through them to piece together her own values. On the side, she would like to figure out a little more on how the world works, and envisions living in a lighthouse someday with a telescope on the top.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Nitrogen
Favorite Fictional Character: Ellie Arroway
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Getting lost and finding my way back. Typically while walking or running.
The most incredible place I've visited: Wadi Rum, Jordan
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Carl Sagan
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? A dress made of leaves
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Never gonna give you up. JK. Past Life by Maggie Rogers

Maya Berlinger

Hi, I'm Maya! I'm a senior majoring in Course 3 (Materials Science and Engineering). I'm grew up in Westchester County, NY (which is not upstate!) in a town known for its lack of sidewalks. At MIT, I'm on exec for MIT Mock Trial, the social chair of the Society of Undergraduate Materials Scientists, and am an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Outside of MIT, I love traveling, making pudding, and watching historical dramas on Netflix.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Bismuth
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Having a cup of tea and going to bed early
The most incredible place I've visited: Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Martin Luther
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? clothes?
What would you pick as your "intro music"? High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco

Talia Blum

Talia is a junior in course 18. She loves painting murals, making dresses out of trash, and baking. Critics agree that she can and will talk forever about math problems like the Riemann hypothesis and sexism. She also enjoys rock climbing, running, and hiking. She spends most of her time contemplating existence and worrying about old age.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): W
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Staring out the window on a train
What would you pick as your "intro music"? A dramatic reading of Munkres’ Topology

Aditi Chadha

An amalgamation of a Hindu and Buddhist, I have studied and worked across India, the UK, and the US. I worked as an Auditor and M&A Advisory Professional prior to launching my technology startup that promoted women's safety. Prior to coming to MIT, I spent the last 4 years in India.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Iron
Favorite Fictional Character: Mowgli from the Jungle Book
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Naps when I am feeling low
The most incredible place I've visited: The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Jesus
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? A dress with a bridge made of thick paper on both sides of the dress
What would you pick as your "intro music"? A New Day Has Come (Celine Dion)

Evan Denmark

From A to Z, I like some things. Art supply stores. Bridge jumping. Cape Cod. Documentary making. Exploration. Filmmaker. Getting HYPED. Hiking. Indian food. Journeying. Klimbing on things. Listening to stories. Marathoner. Nut butters. Ocean. Photography. Questioning the system. Recording a podcast. Scuba diving. Traveling. Underwater. Veggies. Wandering. Xtremes. Yoga. Zoodles (zucchini noodles).

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Slacklining
The most incredible place I've visited: Jerusalem
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? A tux with a silk vest that has very subtle imprints of different kinds of bridges
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Threw It On The Ground by Lonely Island

Amel Elawad

My name is Amel and I’m a junior in Applied Physics. I’m from Sudan and I enjoy listening and talking to people! I also enjoy sketching, reading non-fiction and eating baked goods.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Si
Favorite Fictional Character: Shinichi Kudo
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Drinking Tea
The most incredible place I've visited: Chiang Mai
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Fyodor Dostoevsky
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? A traditional Sudanese 'tobe' with a construction hard hat

Christopher Fourie

Hi, I'm Chris and I'm a South African (International) Ph.D student in AeroAstro working in the Interactive Robotics Group. I grew up in Pretoria, South Africa before moving to Cape Town for my previous studies. I enjoy running, cooking, scuba diving, swimming and reading in my spare time.

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Swimming laps in the pool
The most incredible place I've visited: Angkor Wat
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Alan Watts

Simon Ganales

Hey, I’m Simon Ganeles. I’m an Orthodox Jew from West Hartford, CT. I went to Jewish day schools throughout my life where half of my classes were general studies and the other half religious subjects. After high school, I took two gap years in Israel to study Jewish texts and learn more about Jewish traditions and philosophies. At MIT, I’m majoring in Course 4 and minoring in Course 6. I’m excited to participate in Addir — to learn more about other cultures and religions, and to share my history and heritage.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Na
Favorite Fictional Character: Howard Roark
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Brushing Teeth
The most incredible place I've visited: Bryce Canyon
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: CS Lewis
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Truss-patterned clothing. So far i have the socks.
What would you pick as your "intro music"? 300 Violin Orchestra by Jorge Quintero

Divya Gopinath

I'm an MEng student studying machine learning in the healthcare space. I'm from NY and strongly believe that the east coast >>>> west coast. In my free time I love to sing and compose music, pretend I am on Masterchef by cooking elaborate meals, and do the NYT crossword.

Favorite Fictional Character: Sherlock Holmes (BBC portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Face masks while listening to music
The most incredible place I've visited: Tanzania.
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Countdown - Beyoncé

Mani Sai Suryateja Jammalamadaka

I am Teja, a graduate student at the ​Community Biotechnology Initiative headed by Dr. David Sun Kong and ​Molecular Machines Group​, ​MIT Media Lab​. My research interests include microfluidics, synthetic biology and bioinspired engineering. Taking advantage of my background in mechanical engineering in bachelors from ​BITS-Pilani and synthetic biology in masters from CRI-Pari​s​, I work on interface of engineering and biology such as low-cost biotech devices. and frugal science. I am one of the organizers of ​Global Community Biosummit​, a conference bringing community biolabs across the world together. I am spiritual and religious. In the free time, I love to cook, dance and hike.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Mercury
Favorite Fictional Character: Popeye
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Meditation
The most incredible place I've visited: Gokarna (India)
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Confucius and Mengzi
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Kurta and Pajama
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Raghuvamsa Sudha

Sami Kaya

Just a guy from from Turkey who would like to think himself as being athletic, enjoys metal/ rock music but sometimes in a mood for some softer (way softer) tunes, going about his way at this cosmos doing what he loves and tries to make sense of this marvelous universe, enjoying the beautiful scenery on the way.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): K
Favorite Fictional Character: Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Reading a Novel
What would you pick as your "intro music"? No Leaf Clover (Metallica)

Matthew Kearney

"I grew up in Austin Texas, live music capital of the world, a tech-savvy, outdoors-y, eccentric city, and I would say that these things describe me pretty well too. I am passionate about learning in all aspects of my life, creating and building to bring joy and foster connection, and solving society's greatest issues. I cherish close relationships with people around me, and I hope that I will be making some more soon when I meet everyone!

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Potassium
Favorite Fictional Character: Doctor Who
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Singing and Playing Piano
The most incredible place I've visited: New Zealand
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Martin Luther
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? clothes?
What would you pick as your "intro music"? High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco

Jessica Knapp

Jess is a sophomore in Course 20. She enjoys doing gymnastics, theatre, volunteering, and committing herself to too many things. She also doesn't know how to write a bio in first person.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Bismuth
Favorite Fictional Character: Curious George
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Reading
The most incredible place I've visited: Adam's Grove

Jay Laone

Physics major who's also interested in philosophy, anime, and puns

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Rubidium (it's fun to say)
Favorite Fictional Character: Arturia Pendragon
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Watch anime or sleep
The most incredible place I've visited: Great Wall of China
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Dalai Lama
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Back in Black, AC/DC

Ting Li

I'm a rising junior from Maryland majoring in Computer Science and Management. On campus, I'm involved in the Women Business Leaders, StartLabs, and Model United Nations. And in my free time I enjoy reading and horseback riding. Looking forward to meet and learn from everyone 🙂

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Hydrogen
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Stress reading Medium articles
The most incredible place I've visited: Ganges river valley

Timothy Loh

Tim is a PhD student in History (Course 21H), Anthropology (Course 21A), and Science, Technology, and Society (Course STS)—basically a triple major in graduate school (not really). He is as surprised as you probably are to find himself at MIT as a social scientist. Born and raised in a Christian family in multi-ethnic, multi-religious Singapore, it was nevertheless not until he moved to the Middle East after college that he was forced to confront the realities of a diverse and pluralistic world. Now he's trying his best to follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth, wherever it is He may lead.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Surprise, the element of
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Good food with friends
The most incredible place I've visited: Wadi Rum in Jordan
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: The late Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Luo

Hello there! I’m Rachel, a dual-degree Master’s student in Transportation and Urban Planning. Having spent my childhood in Seattle, I am abnormally fond of rain and fog (you have to keep the forests green somehow). I am also abnormally fond of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as an embodiment of many of the principles I love from the Christian faith. Currently, I am trying to learn more about other faiths and learn from people who practice them (so, hooray for Addir!).

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Oxygen, because it’s the majority of my body mass
Favorite Self-Care Activity: A long walk in the woods
The most incredible place I've visited: Madagascar
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Laozi

Harith Morgan

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I consider myself a practicing Muslim. I love making conversation and learning more about others.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Chromium
Favorite Fictional Character: Static Shock
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Sitting quietly in a field
The most incredible place I've visited: San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Mahatma Ghandi
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? I would wear a blaser over a graphic tee shirt that has major religious symbols and conversation bubbles
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Hanz Zimmer Instrumental to the Gladiator Battle Scene

Shaida Nishat

My name is Shaida Nishat, a rising sophomore studying biology and maybe a few other things (still figuring out my life) at MIT. I’m also a premed so it’s pretty accurate to say that I’m an unhinged, hyped, energetic, and unstable, stable individual. I enjoy having discussions about any and everything and also enjoy going out with friends.

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Listening to music and relaxing in bed.
The most incredible place I've visited: Bangladesh
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Buddha

Matisse Peppet

Matisse Peppet is a senior studying philosophy and pure mathematics. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, she is still disappointed that people don’t greet each other on the streets here in the Massachusetts. Nevertheless, she loves living in Cambridge; there’s nothing quite like being surrounded by interesting architecture and public art. Her hobbies include talking to people, asking questions, and making unusual academic decisions. Matisse lives at East Campus with her fiddle-leaf fig tree, Caroline.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Niobium
Favorite Fictional Character: Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game
What would you pick as your "intro music"? "Colour Green" by Sibylle Baier

Maaya Prasad

Rising 6-1 sophomore. Practicing Hindu. Deep conversations over a caffeinated substance are my thing. Love to sail, boulder, and meditate.

Favorite Fictional Character: Daredevil
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Napping
The most incredible place I've visited: Rocky Mountains!!

Joshua Rapoport

A year ago, I didn’t think I’d be doing literal rocket science. I love a good problem begging me to tinker with it. Sure, I’m a bit introverted, but in my experience teamwork leads to some of the most rewarding successes of all.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Carbon (good at multitasking)
Favorite Fictional Character: Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)
The most incredible place I've visited: Mount Masada

Jacqueline Tan

Crazy about anything science, art, and ultimately food!

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Hydrogen
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Calligraphy
The most incredible place I've visited: Prague
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Cheongsam

Carine You

Hi, I'm Carine! I'm a sophomore majoring in 6-2. Before finding my current home on Burton 2, I grew up in San Diego, home of beautiful beaches, authentic Mexican cuisine, and the rare Torrey Pine. I identify as agnostic and am a nature enthusiast, runner, stress cleaner, cook, and music lover.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Titanium
Favorite Fictional Character: Tigger
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Cooking

Felix Yu

I am a first-year (rising second-year) phd student in EECS, working on statistical reinforcement learning. Before I come to MIT, I studied Electronic Engineering and Statistics in Tsinghua University, China. Besides research, I enjoy lifting, vocal music (mostly classical) and playing piano~

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Massage
The most incredible place I've visited: Lake Baikal
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Baba Yetu

Sarah Wertheimer

Heyo! My name is Sarah, I'm a 6-14, class of '22, and happy to have my family live only 20 minutes (driving) away. I love to read stories, redesign my room every so often, ice-skate, and teach. I am a Modern-Orthodox Jew, and I spent a gap year in Israel thinking about that before starting MIT. I'm excited to laugh, smile, think, and have interesting conversations with you all.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Calcium
Favorite Fictional Character: Emma Woodhouse
Favorite Self-Care Activity: A hot shower and a cup of tea

Addir Coordinator

Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds first came to MIT as an undergraduate in 1997. He spent his days as an MIT student studying physics, rowing on the crew team and enjoying Greek life—giving little thought to God or spiritual pursuits, but now he is making up for lost time. Adam serves as the Assistant Director of MIT's Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life. Adam wants to help students to explore the wonderful and tragic mystery of what it means to be human through mining religious and spiritual traditions for wisdom, seeking connection with the Divine and strengthening the muscles of self-awareness, relationship-building, emotional literacy and self-care.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Bohrium (Neils Bohr was a boss)
Favorite Fictional Character: Don Gately (Infinite Jest)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Chocolate! especially the liquid forms
The most incredible place I've visited: Iceland
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Rumi
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? The Orange Tuxedo from Dumb and Dumber
What would you pick as your "intro music"? White and Nerdy' by Weird Al

Addir Interns

Dr. Preeta M. Banerjee

I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying, researching and presenting on frugal innovation - or how to create solutions to problems within resource constraints.

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Oxygen
Favorite Fictional Character: Binti in trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Meditation
The most incredible place I've visited: Melbourne, Australia
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Gudni Gunderson
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Ghagra choli
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Rang de Basanti by Daler Mendhi

Jun-Youb (J.Y.) Lee

I’m an April Fool’s baby born under the moon of Venus in the year of the horse. I’m from Seoul, and lived in New Zealand, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, California, and Beijing before Harvard Divinity School. I have degrees in history, management, and East Asian studies, and have worked in journalism and literary translation. I am seeking ordination with the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) after stints at Presbyterian and Episcopalian churches and Buddhist monasteries. I run daily and enjoy pick-up soccer in Cambridge. I play jazz bass, and dabble on guitar and piano. I bike daily and have biked across America.

Favorite Fictional Character: Gandalf
The most incredible place I've visited: Taizé Community
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Thomas Merton
What would you wear to the Met Gala themed "Addir: Building Interfaith Bridges"? Hanbok
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans

 

 

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