BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate and interfaith leader
Valarie Kaur will present a public lecture on her experiences with storytelling for social change
on Thursday, Sept. 11 at Illinois Wesleyan University.
A regular opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and HuffingtonPost, Kaur is the founder of Groundswell Movement at Auburn Seminary, a nonprofit initiative with more than 80,000 members that equips
people of faith to mobilize for social change. A prolific public speaker on college
and university campuses, Kaur leads multimedia campaigns on civil rights issues including
hate crimes, racial profiling, gun violence, immigration detention and solitary confinement.
She is a graduate of Yale Law School and earned a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity
She founded the Yale Visual Law Project to train future lawyers to use film and media
to change public policy. Her own film career includes the award-winning documentary
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath. Produced with her partner and husband Sharat Raju, the film examines the roots of
intolerance for Muslims, Sikhs and many people of faith.
At Illinois Wesleyan, she will discuss and screen Oak Creek: In Memorium, a short film on the 2012 mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Her
address is entitled “Storytelling for Social Change: Seeking Justice in a Multifaith
America.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center. Kaur’s
address is free and open to the public. Her appearance is sponsored by Student Senate
and Evelyn Chapel, and is a Walls and Bridges event and a part of the University’s 3D series of events encompassing “Diversity, Dignity, and Dialogue.”