Dr. Larycia Hawkins to speak at Northwestern

Image via Larycia Hawkins / Facebook

In a December 10, 2015, Facebook post, Dr. Larycia Hawkins declared her intention to don a hijab in solidarity with Muslim sisters as an act of Christian Advent devotion. The post initiated a national and international conversation about the nature of God and the possibilities for multi-faith solidarity in a time where Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism are as, if not more, prolific as any time in history.

Dr. Hawkins will speak at Northwestern about these topics and her experiences in a talk entitled, “Embodied Solidarity: What does it mean to love your neighbor?" on Thursday, April 7 at the Alice Millar Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hawkins' talk will engage three perennial questions that plague our polity and occupy her scholarship and activism:

  • What does it look like to live out the stated constitutional commitment to justice?
  • What does it mean to transcend theoretical solidarity with the oppressed and move to actual, embodied solidarity with the oppressed?
  • What does conscientious citizenship look like?

The Dr. Hawkins event is co-sponsored by the following campus partners:  Public Affairs Residential College, University Christian Ministry, the Office of the President, University Chaplains, Residential Academic Initiatives, Department of Political Science, Department of African American Studies, Program in American Studies, Northwestern Community for Human Rights, Global Politics and Religion Research Group, and Muslim Cultural Students Association.