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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. We will screen Kaur's film Alienation and Kaur will lead a discussion of the film and her approach to telling legal stories in the public sphere.
Kaur is a civil rights lawyer, documentary filmmaker, and interfaith leader who helps communities tell their stories and organize for social change. She has made award-winning films and led multimedia campaigns on a wide range of issues: hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, racial profiling, gun violence, marriage equality, immigration detention, and solitary confinement. Valarie has been a regular television commentator on MSNBC and opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She has reported on the military commissions at Guantanamo and clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Valarie founded the Groundswell Movement of 100,000 members, the nation’s largest multifaith online organizing community known for "dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century." A Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary, she serves as a national Sikh voice who teaches on movement-building for students, organizers, and interfaith groups. She also works with the U.S. State Department to bring these tools to activists around the world, most recently traveling and teaching throughout Myanmar. She earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, where she founded the Yale Visual Law project to train future lawyers to make films for social and policy change. She is currently the Media and Strategy Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, where she helps build the movement to keep the Internet open, free, and democratic.