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The SEE NO STRANGER Educator’s Guide is designed to equip people to practice revolutionary love as a tool for personal and political transformation.

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The purpose of the Revolutionary Love Learning Hub is to equip participants with thought leadership, stories, and practices that strengthen and expand the practice of Revolutionary Love as a guide for personal and political transformation.  These lessons are designed specifically to complement Valarie Kaur’s book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, but we have designed the components to be accessible for those who have also not read the full text.

These lessons offer a guide to teaching and learning about revolutionary love in classrooms and community spaces.  These lessons can also be used by individuals for their own exploration and learning. 

To guide yourself, your students, or community members through these lessons, start with these steps:

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the definition of Revolutionary Love

“Revolutionary love” is the choice to enter into labor for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves in order to transform the world around us. It is not a formal code or prescription but an orientation to life that is personal and political. It engages all our emotions: Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger protects that which is loved. And when we think we have reached our limit, wonder is the act that returns us to love.” (Kaur, 2020)

Step 2: Read the Introduction to the Revolutionary Love Compass and the Guide to Revolutionary Love

Step 3: Continue to the Introduction to Revolutionary Love

From there, you can move sequentially through these lessons, or drop in to any of any of the lessons that interest you.  

Revolutionary Love is for all of us.
These lessons, like the book
See No Stranger upon which it is based, is for anyone who has ever felt breathless.  

We do not propose Revolutionary Love as a panacea, nor do we aim to provide simple answers to the complex questions and issues we are facing.  Rather, Revolutionary Love offers a compass to guide us through the fierce, bloody, imperfect, and living giving choice to labor towards a better, more just world.

About the Learning Hub Lessons

These lessons are designed to be accessible to community members and utilized in high school classrooms.  The lessons can be adapted for younger ages and the “deeper exploration” section offers additional frameworks and data to adapt lessons for undergraduate classrooms.

Rather than offering a strict script for teaching Revolutionary Love, these lessons serve as a guide and toolkit to explore Revolutionary Love through stories, critical thinking questions, reflection activities and additional resources.

Each lesson plan follows the following structure:

  1. Title
  2. Description
  3. Learning Goals
  4. Materials Needed
    a. Each lesson includes at least one specific story or case study to ground discussion and application of the selected practice of revolutionary love. Each of the materials selected (essays, articles, films, music, poetry, podcast episodes) are accessible online at no cost. Whenever possible, links to transcripts of audio materials are also included.
    b. Note: The stories and examples in the selected materials are particularly U.S.- centered. For educators (especially those located outside the U.S.), feel free to substitute stories or materials that address your specific histories and contexts.
  5. Opening Reflection
    a. Reflection is a necessary part in the praxis of revolutionary love and each lesson includes an opening and closing reflection that can also double as discussion prompts. Reflections are generally structured as “think-pair-share” activities that ask students to 1) think/reflect and write about their responses to a prompt, then 2) pair with another student or small group, followed by 3) a large group sharing/dialogue.
  6. Definition and Guiding Questions
  7. Engagement and Dialogue
    a. This section focuses on the selected readings or films for the lessons, along with sample discussion questions, activities, or writing prompts. This section is intended to be guided and supplemented by the information in the “Key Points” section below.
  8. Closing Reflection
  9. Key Points
    a. These key points elaborate on the theories and practices of revolutionary love highlighted in each lesson and are intended to guide the engagement, discussion, and reflection sections of the lesson.
  10. For Deeper Exploration
    a. This section offers suggestions for future research and study, as well as additional theories and resources to expand the lessons for college-level classrooms.
    b. Additional readings and resources (a partial list)

As a starting point to engaging in this curriculum, we invite all participants to begin by reflecting upon the following questions (via journal writing, free-writing, dialogue, or other creative forms of expression, ie. drawing, painting, collage, etc.):

  • In what ways was I taught about love?  
  • What does it mean for me to express love to others?
  • In what ways was I taught about fairness and justice?
  • What issues do I care most deeply about?
  • What skills and gifts do I have to offer to those I love?

The following starting assumptions for the course are adapted from Veronica A.K. Neal, Ed.D:

  • We all want to be here for the good of the group
  • There are always more questions than answers
  • This is an on-going learning process
  • We are equals—peers—in this learning space
  • Our values, cultural identities, and past experiences matter
  • Conflict is always possible, and conflict is OK and can be transformational
  • We are all prejudiced; prejudice is learned and can be unlearned
  • We are here to learn with and from each other