The election of 2016 revealed and reinforced significant anxieties and fears among many people in America that fall along economic, cultural, religious, racial and gendered lines. Such distress, experienced by supporters of all presidential candidates, has manifested in divisiveness, animosity and even violence. This event hopes to contribute to social healing by engaging attendees in a discussion over the experiences that cause distress and division, and over what approaches can help people find solidarity with others of different backgrounds.
The two discussion leaders are, first, professor of political science Larycia Hawkins, whose scholarship discusses religion, race and politics. Hawkins was previously a tenured professor at Wheaton College but was separated from Wheaton as a result of her wearing a hijab during Advent as an expression of “embodied solidarity” with Muslim Americans. Hawkins is currently serving as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.
The second discussant is UVA Third Year student Attiya Latif. An activist and speaker majoring in Political and Social Thought, Latif is President of UVA’s Minority Rights Coalition, lead organizer of the Eliminate the Hate campaign, and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post on issues of Islamophobia and other civil rights issues.
A reception will follow the event.
(Left: Larycia Hawkins, Right: Attiya Latif)