Oregon State University



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Hundere Lecture - Larycia Hawkins

Islamophobia: Politics and Prejudice in Contemporary America

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

What does it mean to "love your neighbor" in a time of divisive political rhetoric and religious polarization? Dr. Larycia Hawkins believes that embodied solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized will pave the way to peace and understanding.

Larycia Alaine Hawkins
is an American scholar, author, and speaker, who in 2013, became the first female African-American tenured professor at Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical liberal arts college. She served as an associate professor of political science at the college.

In December, 2015, she became the center of a global controversy when Wheaton College suspended her after she wore hijab and claimed that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Hawkins posted photographs of herself wearing hijab and explaining her actions as Christian solidarity with Muslims during Advent on her personal social media page. Hawkins was placed on paid administrative leave on December 15 as the school determined whether her statement is at odds with the school's core beliefs. On February 8, 2016, Wheaton College and Hawkins issued a joint statement that they had “reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways.”

Memorial Union (campus map)
Room 206: Asian/Pacific-American
Natalia Bueno
buenon at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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