Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur

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Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence:3/5—3/9

Valarie Kaur is an activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, media commentator, educator, entrepreneur, and Sikh interfaith leader. Her new venture, the Revolutionary Love Project at the University of Southern California, champions the ethic of love in an era of rage. Kaur has made award-winning films and led national campaigns on civil rights for 15 years. Her activism focuses on hate crimes, racism and profiling, gun violence, immigration, solitary confinement, LGBTQI equality, and Internet freedom. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, America’s largest multifaith online organizing community of 300,000+ known for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She also founded the Yale Visual Law Project where she trained students at Yale Law School to make films that change policy.

Valarie Kaur’s visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations of the University of Illinois.

All events take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the parking garage across the street.

Sunday, March 5

7pm Forgiving a Murderer? The Role of Rage and Forgiveness in Social Justice  (Main Lounge)

In a time of extreme polarization, what does it mean to "love" our enemies? What is the role of rage and forgiveness in our movement for justice? Experience activist Valarie Kaur's intimate account of forgiving a murderer and explore the role of moral outrage and forgiveness in Revolutionary Love.

Monday, March 6

7pm – Revolutionary Love in an Era of Enormous Rage: A Manifesto (Main Lounge)
As millions of Americans rise up to resist executive orders and policies that put people in harm’s way, Revolutionary Love is emerging as a new public ethic to sustain the movement. Join activist and architect of the ethic Valarie Kaur to explore Revolutionary Love as a way of fight for social justice in the current era.

Tuesday, March 7

7pm – Everyone Has a Story that Can Change the World. What's Yours? A Workshop (South Rec)
A workshop with activist Valarie Kaur to craft your own Revolutionary Love story. Participants will experience a meditation, dialogue, and workshop that will connect them to their own story for social change.

9pm – Tea Time: Tea, snacks, and informal conversation with Valarie (Guest Apartment)
For Allen Hall students

Wednesday, March 8

7pm – Not Over My Dead Body: When Women of Color Lead the Movement (Main Lounge) 

The Women's March on Washington was the largest protest in U.S. history and continues to build the movement for social justice, led primarily by women of color. On March 8th, they call for a general strike from school and work in honor of International Women's Day. Join a talk with Valarie Kaur, lead organizer in the movement, to honor the strike and explore what it means for women of color to champion intersectionality and Revolutionary Love in the fight for justice.

9pm – Tea Time: Tea, snacks, and informal conversation with Valarie (Guest Apartment)
For Allen Hall students


Thursday, March 9

7pm – A History of Hate from 9/11 to Today: Film Screening & Q&A (Main Lounge) 

Hate and violence against Muslims and Sikhs are skyrocketing since the election and inauguration. How did we get here? Watch Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath, the award-winning documentary film that chronicles hate crimes against Sikhs and Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11. Stay for a discussion with filmmaker and activist Valarie Kaur on the history of Islamophobia and hate in America to understand the roots of hate today -- and how to combat it.