Upcoming Appearances

April 1, 2017 -Distinguished Speaker at the National Civil Rights Museum in collaboration with the Gandhi King Conference
6:00PM
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Learn more here.
The Gandhi-King Conference is an annual conference bringing together modern visionaries of nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics and organizers to train, learn, plan and organize to create a culture of liberation and justice for all. Our goal is to create a stimulating environment where scholars, activists, educators, practitioners, artists and students can build community and explore interconnections. Open to the public. 

April 18, 2017 – Finding Sanctuary Speaker Series: Women & Leadership in the Sikh Tradition
6:00PM
Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC
Learn more here.
In collaboration with the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative, Interfaith Engagement at Duke Chapel is inviting four dynamic women to campus this spring. These women will reflect publicly on the ways in which their lives and work meet at the intersections of faith-based advocacy and social justice. Their public talks will explore ways each has embodied risk-taking, perseverance, and reflection in order to enact change for the common good. Open to the public.

April 28-30, 2017 – Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism
Middle Collegiate Church, New York City
Learn more here.
This past year has been filled with so much violence and an escalation of hate-filled discourse. Our nation continues to be in a crisis, a state of dis-ease. Let’s come together. To strategize. To build on our foundation. To dismantle racism. Speakers include Valarie Kaur, along with Dr. Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, Miquel De La Torre, Lucia McBath.

Past Appearances

March 15th, 2017 – Decoding Race at Google
Mountain View, CA
Invitation only.
When it comes to conversations on race, it is often limited to a Black and White binary, yet Asian Americans and Asians make up a large percentage of Googlers. Valarie joined Quyen Dinh and Phil Yu in a panel discussion on race.

March 5-9, 2017 – Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Learn more here.
The Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program consists of a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Guests live in Allen Hall, interacting with residents and the public in a variety of programs, performances, workshops, and informal discussions. This event is open to the public.

February 25th, 2017 – Sikh Women Leaders Retreat hosted by the Sikh Coalition and Auburn Seminary
Los Angeles, CA
Invitation only.
Working with the Sikh Coalition and Auburn Seminary, Valarie helped organize this first-ever retreat for Sikh women leaders in the United States. This retreat creates a space to love and be loved by Sikh sisters who are similarly inspired by their faith and heritage to fight for justice.

February 24, 2017 – Spiritual Warriors: (Non)Violence in the Sikh and Jain Traditions
7:00PM
Loyola Marymount University, LA
Learn more here.
The conference will explore the mindset and actions of a “spiritual warrior” through the competing and complementary narratives of violence and nonviolence in the Jain and Sikh traditions. The Jain practices of ahimsa (nonviolence) and Sikh practices of seva (selfless service) promote care for and protection of all others through conquering self-centered desires and behavior.

February 11th, 2017 – Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly
8:30AM-12:30PM
South Street near Shaw University in Raleigh, NC
Learn more here.
Historic Thousands on Jones St (HKonJ) is a coalition of over 200 organizations, led by the 125+ units of the North Carolina NAACP, that formed in December of 2006. Each February, we hold a massive People’s Assembly in Raleigh at the NC General Assembly on Jones St. Open to the public.

February 9-10th, 2017 – New England Interfaith Student Summit
Keynote – Thurs. 7:30PM
Summit – Fri. 9:00AM-5:30PM 
Northeastern University, Boston
Learn more here.
Join students, faculty, staff and the greater New England community for the New England Interfaith Student Summit, taking place February 9-10th, 2017! The Summit features Keynote Speaker Valarie Kaur. The events are open to the public.

January 4-5, 2017 – Montreat College Conference
Montreat, NC
Learn more here.
The 2017 Montreat College Conference, “Beyond Babel,” will focus on the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. The conference will explore “how God gave an ancient people a holy nudge towards diversity, and we will consider how God is nudging us today too.”

December 31, 2016 -New Year’s Eve Social Justice Watch Night Service
10:00PM-12:00AM
Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church
Learn more here or livestream the event.
The Watch Night Service stems from  “The Revival: Time for A Moral Revolution of Values” calling our nation to press for moral-based policy agendas and to resist extremism in all forms. Valarie will speak alongside other faith leaders from Repairers of the Breach, Healing of the Nations Ministries, Union Theological Seminary, Auburn Seminary, School of the Conversion, and the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice.

November 21, 2016 – American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting: Embodying Revolutionary Love: Four Activists in Conversation
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
San Antonio, Texas

Convention Center-004 (River Level)
Learn more here.
Answering AAR President Serene Jones’ theme of “Revolutionary Love” this panel of influential multi-faith activist-scholars ask: What does embodying the concept look like on the ground, in the midst of activists working for social change? This session will feature creative and experiential presentations from four Auburn Senior Fellows

October 24, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote
6:30 PM
Denver, CO
Bellco Theatre
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

October 19, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote
6:30 PM
Atlanta, GA
Fox Theatre
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

October 17, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote 
6:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

October 6, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote
6:30 PM
Chicago, IL
Rosemont Theatre
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

October 4, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote
6:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA
Pantages Theatre
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

September 28, 2016 –  Together Tour Keynote
6:30 PM
Portland, OR
Keller Auditorium
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Join Valarie, along with Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, and Dr. Jacqui Lewis for an unconference – an event like no other. The evening’s series of speakers and engaged learning will be “a spirited gathering with a clear intention: to inspire ourselves, support each other, elevate the people and things we care about and ignite the change we want to see in the world.”

September 22, 2016 – Pluralism Project 25th Anniversary Film Screening and Q & A
Cambridge, MA
Learn more here.
As part of Harvard Divinity School’s Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative’s 2016-2017 Colloquia and the Pluralism Project’s 25th Anniversary festivities, Valarie will present her short film on the Oak Creek, WI shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in 2012. A discussion and question-answer period will follow the screening.

September 15, 2016 – Memorial for Balbir Singh Sodhi
7:00 PM – Balbir Singh Sodhi’s Chevron Gas Station
7956 E University Dr.
Mesa, AZ
Valarie will be the keynote at the fifteenth anniversary of Balbir Singh Sodhi’s death. Balbir Sodhi was killed on September 15th, 2001, one of the many hate crimes in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Valarie will join Balbir Sodhi’s family in honoring him and all others lost in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.

September 11, 2016 – Faith Not Fear 9/11
2:00-3:30 PM
New York City, NY
Middle Collegiate Church
Learn more here.
Valarie will join Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and other interfaith leaders in worshipping together on the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This year, the Muslim holiday Eid al Adha falls near September 11. In a political climate that calls for bans on Muslims and promotes xenophobic rhetoric, the interfaith community has a strong desire to educate the public and mark the solemn anniversary of 9/11 by commemorating and worshipping in unity and solidarity across religions.

August 6, 2016 – Chardhi Kala 6K
Oak Creek, WI
Learn more here.
Valarie will join the Oak Creek community in the festivities honoring the memory of those lost in the 2012 shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, WI. She will speak at the events surrounding the run that will celebrate the ways in which the Oak Creek community has grown closer together in the face of tragedy.

June 18, 2016 – Keynote and Q & A at the International Peace Prayer Day at the Summer Solstice Sadhana
Espanola, New Mexico
Learn more here.
Official description of the International Peace Prayer Day: “International Peace Prayer Day is a gathering on the sacred land of Guru Ram Das Puri where we can express our gratitude and hope for the future through yoga, meditation, chanting, and the Sacred Healing Walk. This is a potent time to offer your prayers for the peace, healing, and unity of all humanity, to bless and honor this sacred land, and—for those participating in the Summer Solstice Sadhana, to set ourselves to go through the transformative Solstice journey. All are welcome to attend this free event.”

May 20, 2016 – Baccalaureate Address at Chapman University
4:00 PM
Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 
Reserve tickets here.
Valarie Kaur will deliver the address at the Baccalaureate Interfaith Worship Service for the Chapman University class of 2016.

April 18-19, 2016 – Inaugural “AGAPE Symposium” Lectures at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 
Atlanta, GA
Events are not open to the public.
Monday, April 18, 2016
8:30-9:25
/10:00-10:45 AM: Q & A with Global Faith and Service classes
1:00-3:00 PM: Inclusion workshop with faculty and student leaders
Evening: Film screen and discussion with HIES students and parents

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:15-10:00 AM: Presentation, “My Neighbor’s Faith,” a sermon and story about a personal Sikh-Christian interfaith encounter
6:00-8:00 PM: Lecture to Global Citizenship class, followed by Q&A
Time TBD:
Q & A with middle school Religious Studies class

April 17, 2016 – Opening Keynote Address at the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Board Education Day
New York City, NY
Invitation Only
Valarie Kaur will give an opening keynote address on the importance of investing in promising young leaders and innovative ideas. 

April 16, 2016 – “What Does Revolutionary Love Look Like?” Plenary Panel at The 10th Annual Leading Edge Conference: Revolutionary Love – Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism
9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Middle Church
New York City
To register, visit middleproject.org.

At the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection. Join thought leaders like Chris Crass, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jim Wallis, Jacqui Lewis, and Miguel De La Torre; and activists like Linda Sarsour, Micky ScottBey Jones and Valarie Kaur. In plenaries, short talks, and small group conversations surrounded by music and art, we will create strategies for change.

Activists, analysts, preachers, poets, prophets, teachers, trainers, writers, queer, and straight folk of all faiths ready to make a change: Come and bring your hopes, disappointments, and dreams. We must disrupt the narrative of white supremacy if we are to be free. We need tools, tactics, and truth-telling to dismantle racism.Ours is #PropheticGrief. Even in our anger and tears, we are ready to do something, to organize. This is a multi-faith, multi-racial movement. Those of us who are disgusted with the status quo are called to join the movement if we are to save our nation, save our world, and save our souls.

April 9, 2016 – “Divided We Fall”: A Conversation Valarie Kaur hosted by the Columbia University Sewa
7:00 PM
Kreuger Lecture Hall, Milbank Hall, Barnard College
New York City
RSVP here.

In the wake of harsh post-9/11 Islamophobic dialogue (regenerated by terror attacks and the recent political cycle), the Columbia University Sewa believes that it must reshape the discourse to prevent such provocative bigotry from invading the diverse Columbia-Barnard-NYC community. Because many communities feel the impact of post-9/11 hate, it is important to maintain solidarity in tackling the issues that face us all. Following the movie screening, Valarie Kaur will help lead the group in this interfaith discourse so that we can combat Islamophobia together.

April 7, 2016 – 2016 Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors Acceptance and Harvard Divinity Dialogues Panel Discussion
Noon
Andover Chapel, Harvard Divinity School
Cambridge, MA
Request a seat here.
Valarie Kaur will receive a 2016 Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial award, and speak on a panel with four other honorees as part of Harvard Divinity School (HDS)’s Divinity Dialogues. According to HDS Dean David N. Hempton, “The 2016 Gomes honorees leverage religious resources in innovative and unexpected ways to illuminate, engage, and serve. They represent the many HDS alumni who reach across disciplines and across professions to make a difference in a wide range of fields. I’m delighted to welcome them to the fellowship of honored graduates.” Chosen each year by the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council (AAC), the Gomes honorees represent the diverse personal and professional paths on which HDS graduates have an impact.’ The honors will be presented in Andover Chapel at noon, followed by a luncheon and panel discussion. Learn more here.

April 1, 2016 – Keynote Address at Illinois Interfaith Conference
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Learn more here.
Valarie Kaur will deliver the keynote address at the the 5th Annual Illinois Interfaith Conference, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The conference “draws together college students, staff, and faculty from all across the country to learn from each other about faith, meaning making, and the role of interfaith engagement on the college campus.”

March 8, 2016 – Lecture: “Religion, Violence, and Revolutionary Love”
7:30-8:50 PM
260-113 Pigott Hall, Stanford University
We often hear of “religion and violence”–an important topic, but one-sided. This lecture, as part of a course titled, Religion, Violence, Nonviolence, examines ways in which religious leaders, movements, and discourses have promoted violent conflict, aggression, and oppression; contributed to nonviolence, peacebuilding, and liberation of the oppressed; and reflected and argued over these matters. Intricately connected to the world around them, religions become what they become through interpretation, argument, and action. Topics this year emphasize issues in today’s world, including Black Lives Matter, other aspects of race in the US, American debates over war and peace, and understandings of Islam.

October 16, 2015 – “Revolutionary Love: Seva and Sword, Story and Social Movements” Session at the Parliament of the World’s Religions
3:45-5:15 PM, Ballroom A
Salt Lake City, UT
Learn more here.
How do we follow the path of revolutionary love into the fires of the world? What does it take to remake the laws, policies, and culture around us and within our own lives? The Sikh faith, like all wisdom traditions, calls us to walk the path of love through seva (selfless service). Seva is not safe. Seva is not easy. It requires facing the fires of the world with a saint’s eyes and warrior’s heart. But this kind of revolutionary love can lead us to the meaning of our lives. Join this special session with Valarie Kaur, American civil rights activist, Sikh thought leader, and founder of Groundswell Movement and Faithful Internet. Kaur takes you on a journey – from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Oak Creek to Charleston, racial justice to Internet freedom – confronting injustice in the world and within our own homes and families. She leaves you with spiritual and political tools to advance your own voice in the world – from personal faith to public story to online action. For a taste: GroundswellMovement.org; ValarieKaur.com

October 16, 2015 – Keynote Address, “Focus on Women” Plenary at the Parliament of the World’s Religions
10:30 AM, Plenary Hall
Salt Lake City, UT
Learn more here.

This plenary brings together diverse female religious leaders to address the vital nexus of women and religion. These leaders will share their collective wisdom for the empowerment of all, in addition to celebrating achievements within the interfaith movement. A major declaration will be issued that discusses religious and spiritual sources of inspiration and empowerment for women, the transformative impact of women on their religious traditions, and women’s unique contributions to meeting global challenges. The majority of attendees and speakers at this Parliament are women, and their voices will be represented at this plenary as we all commit to a better future.

October 14, 2015 – Keynote Address at Neighbor: Being Christian in a Multifaith World Conference
Keynote and Q & A at 10:30 AM
Montreat, NC
Learn more here.
The Scriptures command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” As our world and our communities become more diverse, how do we have loving, respectful interactions with neighbors of other faiths while still being true to our call to share the Gospel? Join author, speaker, and public theologian Brian McLaren and other critical thinkers, including Valarie Kaur, as we explore what it means to be Christian in a multifaith world.

June 25, 2015 – Keynote Address at the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Annual Conference
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM PDT
University of San Francisco’s McLaren Conference Center
Register Here.

June 18, 2015 – The Next Generation of Sikh Leadership
12:00 PM EDT
Sikh Coalition’s New York City Office 
50 Broad Street, Suite 1537, New York, NY
In the Sikh Coalition’s brown bag series, Valarie will hold a video discussion with summer interns on the theme of “seva” — spiritually inspired selfless service — and what it means for the next generation of Sikh leadership in the US.

May 9, 2015 – Commencement Address for the College of St. Benedict Class of 2015
2 PM CDT
College of Saint Benedict
Haehn Campus Center Field House
St. Joseph, Minnesota
For tickets: http://www.csbsju.edu/commencement
Valarie Kaur will deliver the commencement address for the Class of 2015 at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. She is the first speaker from the Sikh faith to deliver the address. To learn more: http://www.csbsju.edu/news/csb-commencement-2015

May 1, 2015 – Keynote Address at a Sikh Celebration at the Pentagon
11:30AM – 1PM EDT
To commemorate the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi, Valarie will deliver a keynote address on the Sikh practice of “seva,” spiritually-grounded service.

April 2, 2015 – “An Evening with Valarie Kaur”
Doors Open: 6:30 PM; Event: 7:00 PM MT
University of Colorado Boulder
Glenn Miller Ballroom
Presented by the Cultural Events Board
Valarie will deliver a keynote address “Millennials and a Life of Meaning: Pursuing Social Change in a Post-9/11 World”

April 1, 2015 – Story Telling for Social Change with Valarie Kaur
12:00-1:20 PM MT, Naropa University
Naropa Performing Arts Center
Hosted by Naropa’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion in collaboration with Student Life; free for Naropa students, faculty, and staff.

November 24, 2014 – An Urgent Webinar on Faith and the Internet
3 pm EST, RSVP Here
Hosted by the United Church of Christ’s Media Justice Ministry and Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society
In the coming weeks, we can persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support the President’s plan to protect a free and open Internet. Find out what’s at stake for faith leaders and communities — and what you can do. The webinar will be led by Cheryl Leanza of the United Church of Christ, and Valarie Kaur. 

October 22, 2014 – “Storytelling Law: An Evening with Valarie Kaur”
5:30-8 pm, Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbot Way
Stanford, CA 94305
ACS, the Center on the Legal Profession, and the Center for Internet and Society are pleased to welcome Valarie Kaur to lead a discussion of storytelling, media, and the law.There will be a screening Kaur’s film Oak Creek, which documents the aftermath of the August 2012 massacre in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Following the film, Kaur will lead a discussion of the film, her work, and the potential engagement with the media holds for lawyers seeking to advance legal stories in the public sphere.

October 12, 2014 – “Ferguson, race, and policing”
11 am-12 pm EST, MSNBC
The Melissa Harris-Perry Show will host a panel discussion with Valarie and other leading voices on civil rights, race and policing in light of ongoing protests known as #FergusonOctober. Click here to watch.

September 30, 2014 – “Storytelling and Relationship-Building for Advocacy”
7:00 pm, Hosted by the Student Peace Alliance
A virtual talk and workshop for students, including chapters from STAND, Amnesty International, and organizers from the Conflict Free Campus Initiative. Invite only. Click here for more information.

September 12, 2014 – “Organizing and Social Media”
11:00 am–12:30 pm, Illinois Wesleyan University
Memorial Center, Davidson Room
104 E University Ave, Bloomington, IL
Valarie will lead a workshop on social media and social change for a select group of students interested in grassroots organizing. Students who wish to register should email enelsonw@iwu.edu.

September 11, 2014 – “Storytelling for Social Change: Seeking Justice in a Multifaith America”
7:00–8:30 pm, Illinois Wesleyan University
Hansen Student Center
300 E. Beecher Street, Bloomington, IL
“Our generation has come of age in the shadow of devastation: 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a great recession, and daily news of violence in our nation and around the globe,” writes Valarie Kaur. “And yet in the palm of our hands we hold the power to organize, tell our stories, and call for a more just world. What happens when Millennials walk the path of spiritually grounded service – online and on the ground?” Join Valarie for an evening of storytelling and reflection on “the urgency of now. The keynote address will be followed by a Q&A with students.

September 9, 2014 – Religion And Politics Film Series: “Divided We Fall” Screening & Discussion With Filmmakers Valarie Kaur And Sharat Raju
6:00–8:00 pm, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Washington University in St. Louis, Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO
On the 13th year anniversary of September 11th — and in light of recent racial tensions in nearby Ferguson — Washington University in St. Louis will screen Divided We Fall and hose a community dialogue with Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju. The filmmakers will discuss the current struggles of communities of color and contemplate solutions for healing.

September 9, 2014 – The Transformative Power of Narrative: Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju on Documentary Film as a Medium of Change
11:30–12:30 pm, American Cultural StudiesMcMillan Hall 258
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
A cross-disciplinary workshop with filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju that considers documentary film — and the narratives they present — as tools of political and cultural change. Kaur and Rau will share insights about contrasting conceptions of documentary film work — for example, more “activist” films that expose injustice by lifting up the voices of the oppressed, and more “pluralistic” films that aim to understand causes of oppression by engaging multiple, competing stories. They will share clips from recent work, including Stigma (2011), a film that explores “Stop and Frisk” police practices – a subject given new urgency since the death of Mike Brown – and The Worst of the Worst (2012) on solitary confinement in supermax prisons. Together, we will explore the modes of storytelling and community dialogue that film makes possible. What more obligations do filmmakers face as they produce them?: What truth claims to they serve up? And how to such films engage with — and transform — public discourse in the age of social media?

September 3, 2014 – Millennials and a Life of Meaning: Walking the Path of Spiritually Grounded Service
Storytelling and Reflection by Valarie Kaur

7:30–9:00 pm, College of St. Benedict
Gorecki Center 204
37 South College Avenue, St. Joseph, MN
“Our generation has come of age in the shadow of devastation: 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a great recession, and daily news of violence in our nation and around the globe,” writes Valarie Kaur. “And yet in the palm of our hands we hold the power to organize, tell our stories, and call for a more just world. What happens when Millennials walk the path of spiritually grounded service – online and on the ground?” Join Valarie for an evening of storytelling and reflection on “the urgency of now.

August 3, 2014 – National Association of Sentencing Commissions Annual Conference
3:00 pm, Omni Hotel
155 Temple St, New Haven, CT
The Worst of the Worst will be screened before the opening reception of the NASC Conference. Craig Prins, Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, will moderate a discussion about solitary confinement and sentencing. Members of the filmmaking team will be present.
Register to attend the conference here.

May 24, 2014 – SikhLEAD at USC
3:00–4:30 pm, University Religious Center, Office of Religious Life
835 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA
SikhLEAD at the University of Southern California will host Valarie for a seminar on Storytelling for Social Change.

May 9, 2014 – Chai Chat with Valarie Kaur
2:30–3:30 pm, Stanford University, Asian American Activities Center 
Old Union Clubhouse, A3C Couch Room, Stanford, CA
Stanford Sanskriti will host Valarie Kaur for chai and conversation with students. RSVP here.

May 9, 2014 – Leadership ‘n Lunch
12:00–1:00 pm, Stanford University
Cardinal Room, Clubhouse, Old Union Complex
Stanford Student Activities and Leadership will host a lunch with Valarie. Lunch will include a brief lecture on innovation and leadership in an ever-changing political climate and allow students the chance to discuss their own thoughts and questions. RSVP here.

May 8, 2014 – 2014 Stanford Asian American Awards
6:00–9:00 pm, Stanford University
Paul Brest Hall at the Munger Graduate Residence
555 Salvatierra Wlk, Stanford, CA
The Stanford community will present Valarie with the Alumni Award. Tickets may be purchased here.

May 3, 2014 – Mini-SIFFT Sikh International Film Festival Toronto
2:30–4:00 pm, Cardinal Ambrozic
10 Castle Oaks Crossing, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Program 2 will feature “Oak Creek: In Memoriam” in its scheduled lineup. Filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju will not be present. Free tickets may be reserved here.

April 29, 2014 – Mountain Top Summit at Leading Edge 2014: Putting Spirituality in Practice
1:00–8:00 pm, Middle Collegiate Church
50 E. 7th St., New York, NY
Emerging and seasoned faith leaders will convene to evaluate progress made in the past year and articulate the next steps in building an interfaith movement for justice. Attendance by invitation only.

April 27, 2014 – The Leading Edge 2014: Heal the Soul, Heal the World
3:15–3:45 pm, Middle Collegiate Church
50 E. 7th St., New York, NY
Valarie will present about role of storytelling in advocacy and mobilizing for change.
Click here to register for the conference.

April 26, 2014 – An Evening with Valarie Kaur
5:00 pm, Westwoods School
50 Judson Lane, Farmington, CT
SNEHA fundraiser to support South Asian women will feature Valarie as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. To purchase tickets, click here.

April 25, 2014 – Vaisakhi Celebration at the Pentagon
12:30–1:30 pm, The Pentagon
Washington, DC
The Office of the Pentagon Chaplain, Major Kalsi, Captain Rattan, Corporal Lamba, and the Sikh Coalition will hold the first ever Vaisakhi celebration at the Pentagon.

April 23, 2014 – Auburn Seminary’s 18th Annual Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast
7:00–10:30 am, Cipriani 42nd Street
110 East 42nd Street, New York, NY
Honoring bold, resilient leaders of faith and moral courage who bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the world. To purchase tickets, click here.

April 16, 2014 – Webinar with the Advocacy Learning Center: Storytelling for Social Change 
12:00–1:30 pm, Praxis International

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” — Native American ProverbWe tell stories in order to make sense of human experience. Stories touch our deepest values, shared struggles, and common aspirations. New stories about the world ignite our moral imagination and inspire courage. Every social movement in history has told a new story that has brought forth a new world. Now it’s our time. Today, we have the power to tell stories with 21st century tools that can empower communities like never before. In this workshop, Valarie Kaur presents a model for storytelling for social change based on approaches developed by thought leader Marshall Ganz and Groundswell Movement at Auburn Seminary. Kaur then leads participants through crafting a “public narrative,” which can be told in the form of testimonies, speeches, opinion essays, films, and social media.
Must be enrolled in the course to participate in the webinar. To enroll in Advocacy Learning Center courses, click here.

April 8, 2014 – Roving Eye International Film Festival
1:00 pm, Roger Williams University Library
Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, RI
The Worst of the Worst” will be screened under the theme “Is There True Justice: Human Rights, Personal Freedom & Society in a the Age of Technology.” No filmmakers will be present. Free of charge and open to the public.

March 29, 2014 – Sikh Women in Contemporary America
10:00 am, Sikh Coalition’s New York City Office 
50 Broad Street, Suite 1537, New York, NY
Inni Kaur, Valarie Kaur and Reshma Singh will share their experiences as Sikh women in their respective professional fields, discuss what inspires and empowers them and of course take questions from the audience.
Space is limited. To RSVP, please email rsvp[at]sikhcoalition.org no later than Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

March 29, 2014 – Women in Business: How to Break the Mold and Become Successful in Your Own Right
5:30–6:00 pm, Edison Hotel
3050 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ
Influential women hosted by the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce will share stories of their professional journeys with other women seeking to secure their futures. Panelists include Valarie Kaur, Sapreet Kaur of the Sikh Coalition, Kaval Kaur of Alert Enterprise, and Gurmeet Sodhi of PTC Punjab. Register to attend here.

March 3, 2014 – Interfaith Week
8:00 pm, University of North Florida
Student Union West Ballrooms
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL
UNF’s Interfaith Week will feature Valarie as their keynote speaker to discuss interfaith leadership and organizing for social change.

February 28, 2014 – Race Reels
6:00 pm, Brookline High School
115 Greenough St, Brookline, MA
The Worst of the Worst will be screened at Brookline High School. Co-director Aseem Mehta will attend for a special Q&A session.

February 6, 2014 – Screening of Divided We Fall
3:30–5:00 pm, Hartford Seminary 
77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers over Skype.

January 22, 2014 – Screening of Divided We Fall
6:00–8:00 pm, Multicultural Center Theater
University of California Santa Barbara
University Center room 1504
Santa Barbara, CA
No filmmakers will be present at the screening.

November 25, 2013 – Divided We Fall: 9/11, Hate Crimes, & Americans in the Aftermath
6:30 pm, Middle Tennessee State University
S102 Business and Aerospace Building
1642 MTSU Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN
“Divided We Fall” will be screened, after which Valarie will speak about majority vs. minority politics, hate violence in America, and ways to understand cultural fault lines.

November 22, 2013 – Melissa Harris-Perry
11 am–12 pm EST, MSNBC
The Melissa Harris-Perry Show will host a panel discussion with Valarie and other leading voices on civil rights, voting rights, and race and policing in light of the 50 year anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. Tune in to #nerdland!

November 20, 2013 – Guru Nanak Gurpurab
2:30 pm, The White House
Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, DC
In a celebration of Guru Nanak’s 544th birthday, Valarie will join Sikh community leaders in presenting remarks  and reflections on his teachings, as well as the centrality of the principles of pluralism and equality to both the Sikh faith and American way of life.

November 14, 2013 – “Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath” – Film and Discussion with Valarie Kaur
2:00–3:30 pm, Special Workshop 
Students will receive training on  how to use public narrative for social change. Attendance capped.
6:00–9:00 pm, U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, OH
Following a screening of “Divided We Fall,” Valarie will lead a conversation about her filmmaking experiences and how college students can mobilize for change. Open to the public.

November 16, 2013 – Advancing Justice Conference
10:15–11:45 pm, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
401 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA
Valarie will participate in the panel “Desi Tales: The Power of Narrative as a Tool for Activism.”
Click here to register for the conference.

October 27–November 4, 2013 – Burma Tour for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Mawlamyine, Meiktila, and Lashio
At the invitation of the US Embassy of Rangoon, Valarie will tour regions of Burma to deliver a series of lectures, small group dialogues, and workshops to deepen interfaith cooperation to advance peace in the country. Her interactive lecture “Building a Groundswell for Peace: How People of Faith Can Lead Social Change” is open to the public and will be delivered at the following events in Burma:
Tuesday, October 29 (Yangon)
9:00 a.m. Lecture at American Center for Civil Society, Faith Groups, and Youth
American Center — Yangon

Thursday, October 31 (Mandalay)
10:00 a.m. Lecture for Mandalay Interfaith Groups
YMCA, Corner of 26th and 75th Streets
U Nay Win, 09 6504465

Sunday, November 3 (Mawlamyine)
9:00 a.m. Lecture for Access Students and Youth
Dhadumalar Pariyutti  
Zayjo Quarter, Mawlamyine  
Daw Myint Myint Mon, 09 425268841

12:30 a.m. Lecture for Mawlamyine Interfaith Groups and Civil Society
Location TBA

November 2, 2013 – Stanford Alumni Film Festival
2:00–5:00 pm, Soho House Screening Room
9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
The Worst of the Worst” has been selected for a showcase of short films by Stanford alumni. Filmmakers will not be present. Tickets can be purchased here.

October 19, 2013 – UNAFF 2013: Individual to Universal
3:20 pm, Aquarius Theatre
430 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA
The Worst of the Worst” will be screened at Session 7 of the film festival. Free admission for students. Click here to purchase tickets.

October 19, 2013 – Sikh International Film Festival in Toronto
3:00 pm, AGO Jackman Hall Theatre
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada
Oak Creek: In Memoriam” will be screened at 3:00 pm. No filmmakers will be present.
Reserve tickets here.

October 16, 2013 – Screening of “The Worst of the Worst” with Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju
12:45pm – 2:00pm, Stanford Law School, Room 180
559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA
Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju will present the film and lead a Q&A on solitary confinement.

October 7-10, 2013 – 2030 Faith in America Challenge
Garrison, NY
As a member of the organizing committee, Valarie will be present at this special convening of rising multifaith leaders. Application process closed.

October 6, 2013 – Being Conspicuous: Living as a Visible Minority in the U.S.
1:00 pm, 8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA
Screening of “Oak Creek: In Memoriam.” No filmmakers will be present at the screening. Purchase tickets here.

September 26, 2013 – Storytelling as Sword and Shield
4 pm, Loyola University Chicago
Damen Student Center MPR North
6511 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL
In a presentation to students, Valarie will present her work on Oak Creek and solitary confinement as case studies of advocacy through storytelling.

October 2, 2013 – America after Oak Creek and Boston: Race, Religion, and Resilience
7:30 pm, McGaw Chapel, College of Wooster
1 East University St., Wooster, Ohio
Valarie will speak about promoting racial and religious pluralism and defining who is American.

October 3, 2013 – Asian American Justice Center’s American Courage Awards
6:30 pm, The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
The Asian American Justice Center will present Valarie with the American Courage Award.
Click here to purchase a ticket or make a donation.

September 21, 2013 – Melissa Harris-Perry
10:00 am–12:00 pm, EST MSNBC
The Melissa Harris-Perry Show will feature Valarie in a segment on gun violence and millennials coming out as “Liberal.”

September 16, 2013 – Webinar: The Sikh Case for Interfaith
12 pm–1 pm, CST Register to participate here.
IFYCThe Surat Initiative, and Groundswell team up for a webinar to discuss the action taken by Sikh American college students and the greater American community one year after the Oak Creek gurdwara tragedy, as well as the ethics of interfaith cooperation and opportunities to take action.

August 27, 2013 – Lawyers in Social Movements: Fighting for Civil Rights in the U.S.
1:30 pm, High Court of Karnataka
High Court Buildings
Opp. to Vidhana Saudha, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore
Valarie will speak about Oak Creek as a case study of the role of storytelling in advocacy.

August 27, 2013 – A Discussion on Grassroots Organizing in the U.S. and India 
3:30 pm, School of Public Health Equity and Action
No. 359, 1st Main, 1st Block
Koramangala, Bangalore
Valarie will present on the use of storytelling in advocacy and organizing for social change.

June 15, 2013 – Stanford Commencement Ceremony
9:30–10:30 am, Stanford Memorial Church
800 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, California
Valarie will present the baccalaureate address.

May 19, 2013 – Melissa Harris-Perry
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, EST, MSNBC
Valarie will be a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss the politics around breast cancer and other current events.

June 9, 2013 – Brookline High School Graduation
Brookline High School, Cambridge, MA
Valarie will give the graduation speech.

May 16, 2013 – The Future of Torture: The Reality of Solitary Confinement in America
6:00–9:00 King’s College – Strand Campus
King Building, Rm. S-208
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
King’s College will host the first UK screening of “The Worst of the Worst,” followed by a panel with James Ridgeway,Jean Casella, and Hamja Ahsan. No filmmakers will be present.
May 1, 2013 – Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast
7:30–9 am, Cipriani
110 E. 42nd st., New York, NY
Valarie will attend an awards benefit celebrating bold women leaders and next-generation change makers who bridge religious divides, build community, and pursue justice.
Purchase tickets here.

April 20, 2013 – Nine Months after Oak Creek: The Rise in Hate Violence and Recommendations for Change
National South Asian Summit 2013
Washington College of Law, American University
4801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
Valarie will participate in a conference with South Asian community leaders to discuss networks and strategies for pursuing justice.
Register to attend here.

April 16, 2013 – Colby College
7 pm, Colby College, Diamond Bldg., rm. 145
Waterville, ME
Valarie will speak about her film “Divided We Fall” and discuss how to combat hate violence, as well as her work as a documentarian.

April 13, 2013 – Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center Women’s Convocation V: Grace on the Margins
9 am, Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St  Bellevue, WA
Valarie will deliver a keynote presentation.
Register to attend here.

March 30, 2013 – Sikh American Chamber of Commerce Gala
7:00–10:00 pm, Deewan Banquet Hall
560 Stelton Rd, Piscataway, NJ
Valarie will present the keynote address for the SACC Members Gala.
Register to attend here.

March 21, 2013 – Diversity Week at University of Connecticut School of Law 
4 pm, University of Connecticut School of Law
William R. Davis Courtroom, William F. Starr Hall
55 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT
Valarie will screen “Divided We Fall” and speak about advocacy and the power of narrative.

March 12, 2013 – The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture Series presented by Auburn Seminary “Religious Contagion and Social Progressivism: Then and Now”
6:00–8:30 pm, NYU, Grand Hall
238 Thompson St., 5th floor, New York, NY
Valarie will moderate a panel to discuss the historical connection between religious fervor and progressive politics.
RSVP here.

March 9, 2013 – Melissa Harris-Perry
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, EST, MSNBC
Valarie will be a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss guns and violence in America.

March 5, 2013 – Odyssey Town Hall Meeting: “Guns and Violence”
2–4 pm, EST, viewable online at Odyssey Networks
Jerome Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
Valarie will participate in an interfaith panel to discuss guns and violence in America.
Register to attend the event online or in person here.

February 9, 2013 – World Interfaith Harmony Film Festival
4 pm, Iman Cultural Center
376 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Divided We Fall” will be screened (no filmmakers present).
Buy tickets here.

December 13, 2012 – ONE Community, ONE World: Understanding the Sikh Community
6:30–8:30 pm, SC Johnson Golden Rondelle
1525 Howe Street, Racine, WI
Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju will screen “American Made” and present clips from their new documentary, “Oak Creek: In Memoriam.”

December 12, 2012 – ONE Community, ONE World: Understanding the Sikh Community
6:00–8:30 pm, South Shore Cinema
7261 S. 13th St., Oak Creek, WI
Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju will screen “American Made” and present clips from their new documentary, “Oak Creek: In Memoriam.”

November 18, 2012 – Melissa Harris-Perry
11 am to 12 pm, ET, MSNBC
Valarie will appear on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss mandatory minimums, solitary confinement, and education in the prison system.

November 2, 2012 – UPenn Law School SALSA Presents Valarie Kaur
12 pm, University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
Valarie will speak about her experiences in law school, as well as her work in film and social advocacy.

November 2, 2012 – A Conversation with Valarie Kaur
4 pm, University of Pennsylvania, JMHH 370, Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Valarie will discuss her latest blog, “Millennials to Candidates: Talk to Us,” as well as Divided we Fall, Oak Creek, and how to continue forward as Millennials.

November 3, 2012 – Sikh International Film Festival
6:45-8:30 pm, Asia Society & Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY
Valarie and partner Sharat Raju will screen their new documentary Oak Creek: In Memoriam.
Buy tickets here.

October 27, 2012 – Melissa Harris-Perry
10 am-12 pm ET, Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC
Valarie will discuss money in politics, Millennials in the election, voter suppression, and reinventing higher education with Melissa Harris-Perry.

October 28, 2012 – Interfaith Leadership Institute
12:00-1:15 pm, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA3415 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CAValarie will present a keynote address on interfaith cooperation and Oak Creek.

October 29, 2012 – Strategic Storytelling in the Oak Creek Case: Tools for Holistic Advocacy. A Conversation with Valarie Kaur
12 pm, Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln University
1325 N. College Ave, Butler 201, Claremont, California
Valarie will participate in a roundtable conversation on the importance of constructing community narratives and the relationship between advocacy and holistic practices.

October 18, 2012 – Divided We Fall Screening
Brookline High School, Brookline, MA
Valarie will present a talk to students at a screening of Divided We Fall.

October 11, 2012 – South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut 6th Annual Awards Ceremony
6 pm, The Hilton Hartford
315 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT
Valarie will be honored with the 2012 Community Service Award.

October 6, 2012 – SALDEF National GALA
6 pm, Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
Valarie will receive the Youth Leadership Award.

September 9, 2012 – Unity Walk NYC
3:00-5:30 pm, Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square Park, New York, NY
Valarie will give an introductory talk before Unity Walk begins. Register for the walk here.

August 3, 2012 – Seva, Interfaith, & Identity in Higher Education
11 am, The White House, Washington, DC
Dharmic American Future Conference with Brenda Girton, Vineet Chander, and Moderator Varun Soni.

May 21, 2012 – Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
6:30-9:00 pm, Olmsted Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Valarie delivers keynote at “Protecting Faith and Freedom” reception.

May 17, 2012 – The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture Series presented by Auburn Seminary “How Do We Create a Just Economy?”
5:30 pm, Grand Hall at New York University Kimmel Center
238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor New York, New York
Valarie participates in a panel after the lecture.

April 22, 2012 – Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration
11:30am-12:30pm,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Valarie gives the conference’s closing keynote talk.

April 5, 2012 – Wellesley College
7pm – 8:30pm, Pendleton Atrium, Wellesley Campus

Valarie gives a talk, “Using Media for Social Change”

March 30, 2012 – Sikh Chamber of Commerce
Deewan Banquet Hall, Piscataway, New Jersey
Valarie gives speech at annual gala event.
October 17, 2011 – Yale University
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Yale University, LC 102
Panel discussion: Reflections on Race, Religion, and Identity in the Post-9/11 Era
Dinner and discussion.

September 23, 2011 – St. Mary’s College of Maryland
6:30pm, St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary’s City, Maryland
Valarie presents the film Divided We Fall followed by a brief conversation

September 18, 2011 – New York City
7:30pm, The Center at West Park
Screening of the film Divided We Fall. No filmmakers present.

September 4, 2011 – Tucson, Arizona
7:00pm-9:00pm, Fox Theatre
Screening of Divided We Fall. Filmmakers not present.
Event information available here.

September 6, 2011 – Online Chat with Prepare New York
12:00-1:00pm EST, www.PrepareNY.com/kaur
Valarie participates in a Lunchtime Chat, hosted online by Prepare New York.
Click here
to RSVP for the event.

September 6, 2011 – Auburn Seminary, NYC
7:00-9:00pm, The Jerome L Greene Performance Space
Out of the Shadows of 9/11: Millennials, Moral Vision, and the Global Groundswell More information available here

September 8, 2011 – Princeton, NJ
7:30pm, Fellowship in Prayer
A Multifaith Conversation: Faith – Fully Finding Our Way Ten Years After 9/11
Event details available here.

June 25 & 26, 2011 – Youth Conference on Unity and Hope
3:30-6:00pm, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, Tennessee Valarie presents the film Divided We Fall followed by a brief conversation
Click here for more information.

April 29, 2011Women of Spirit and Faith
Time TBD, Sofitel San Francisco, CA
The Alchemy of our Spiritual Leadership: Women Redefining Power
Valarie delivers Friday keynote address.

April 28, 2011 – San Domenico School
Marin County, California
Valarie delivers private workshop

April 21, 2011 – Tufts University
7:00pm, Robinson Hall Room 253, Boston, Massachusetts
Valarie participates in panel discussion “Is there a place for atheists in religious pluralism?”
followed by Q&A

April 7, 2011 – Women’s Funding Network
3:45-5:15pm, Brooklyn, NY
Valarie presents at a workshop called “Women, Faith, and Change”
at the 27th annual Women’s Funding Network conference

January 7, 2011 – AALS Annual Meeting
Time TBD, Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA
The Association of American Law Schools
Screening of the film Divided We Fall

November 15, 2010 – Iona College
7-9pm, Murphy Auditorium, New Rochelle, NY
“Week of the Peacemaker”
Film screening followed by Q&A with Valarie

October 13, 2010 – Princeton University
7:00pm, 001 Robertson Hall, Princeton, NJ
Who Counts as “American”
– Film screening and panel discussion
Click here for more information

October 6, 2010 – Auburn Seminary
6:30-8:30pm, The Jerome L Greene Performance Space
“What America Needs from Faith Leaders”
– Valarie participates in panel discussion with The Rev. Dr. James A Forbes, Rabbi Burton Visotzky, PhD., and Haroon Moghul, moderated by The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson

September 15, 2010 – Yale University
4:15-6:30pm, Law School Auditorium
, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
Film screening and panel discussion on Islamophobia from 9/11 to the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy

For a full list of past appearances, click here.

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