Lecture by Valarie Kaur. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.
Part of a lecture series on “Religion, Violence, Nonviolence,” offered in conjunction with RELIGST 29 and RELIGST 119. Free and open to the public. Stanford students may register for credit; see Explore Courses for information.
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Stanford alumna Valarie Kaur (BA ’03 in Religious Studies and IR) is an American interfaith leader. As a lawyer, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and Sikh activist, she works with communities to channel their stories into movements for social change. She has made award-winning films and led multimedia campaigns on a wide range of issues: racial profiling, gun violence, marriage equality, immigration detention, solitary confinement, hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans. She is a regular television commentator on MSNBC and opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and The New York Times. Valarie founded Groundswell Movement of 200,000+ members, America’s largest multifaith online organizing community known for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, where she founded the Yale Visual Law Project to train future lawyers to make films for social and policy change. Valarie is currently the Media and Justice Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, where she co-founded Faithful Internet and advocates for Internet freedom.
The Center for American Progress calls Valarie “a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism” and among 13 progressive faith leaders to watch. In 2013, she was named “Person of the Year” by India Abroad and one of eight Asian American “Women of Influence.” Valarie has addressed audiences at the White House, Pentagon, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and on more than 250 U.S. college campuses, including Stanford University where she was the youngest person to deliver the Stanford Baccalaureate Commencement Address. She was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2015.