Civil Rights Advocate, Best-selling Author Valarie Kaur to Speak at Hollins April 20

Valarie Kaur

Hollins University is welcoming to campus a leader whom The Center for American Progress calls “a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism.”

Civil rights activist, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and best-selling author of See No Stranger Valarie Kaur will present a lecture on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in  Talmadge Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will follow in the Lewis Reading Room, Wyndham Robertson Library.

The event is part of Hollins’ celebration of Dr. Mary Dana Hinton’s inauguration as the university’s 13th president. Kaur’s lecture is free and open to the public, but registration for in-person attendance is required along with COVID-19 vaccination status verification, including boosters (the online registration form includes an option where vaccine cards may be uploaded). Masks will also be required for all in-person audience members.

Alternatively, the general public may watch Kaur’s lecture via livestream. Registration is not required for livestream viewing.

Kaur leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice. She has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. She founded Groundswell Movement, Faithful Internet, and the Yale Visual Law Project to inspire and equip advocates at the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and justice. Kaur has been a regular commentator on MSNBC and contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, The Hill, Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. She earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School.

The lecture is a part of Hollins’ Distinguished Speakers Series. In 2001, the university received an anonymous gift to support bringing to campus leading national and international experts from a variety of fields. The goal of the Distinguished Speakers Series is to enlighten students, faculty, and the community at large, whether their interests lie in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or fine arts.


Valarie Kaur Photo Credit: Amber Castro