Monday, October 24, 2016, 4:30 PM
Gorecki Center, Room 204, College of Saint Benedict
This election season, campuses and communities across the United States are hosting 100 film screenings and dialogues as a part of the Revolutionary Love Project created by interfaith activist Valarie Kaur and housed at the University of Southern California. "The escalation of hate and vitriol has been so extreme and confrontational," Kaur said about this election season, "that Americans are hungry for a potent language in return." For her, the answer is the language of revolutionary love - and actions compatible with that language.
Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, activist, author, entrepreneur, and movement-builder who uses stories to drive social change. Inspired by her Sikh faith, her Revolutionary Love Project harnesses the ethic of love to drive courageous action in American public life. In recent years, Kaur gave two inspiring lectures at the College of Saint Benedict - a Jay Phillips Center lecture in September 2014 and the CSB Commencement Address in May 2015.
The Jay Phillips Center is providing one of the venues to screen Kaur's Divided We Fall, the first documentary film to chronicle the struggles and resilience of Sikh and Muslim Americans in the aftermath of 9/11 and the hate crimes that followed. Diana Elhard (CSB '16), who has a fellowship with the Revolutionary Love Project, will speak briefly about that project and introduce the film. She and Rediet Negede Lewi (CSB '19), a student interfaith leader with the Jay Phillips Center, will facilitate the conversation following the screening.
Sponsored in collaboration with the Sikh Coalition, the Revolutionary Love Project, and Intercultural and International Student Services.