March 1: Diversity and the Meaning of Embodied Solidarity at Roosevelt University

Larycia Hawkins to speak on March 1 during Roosevelt’s Diversity Week

Posted: 02/24/2016
Larycia Hawkins, the Wheaton College professor who recently left the college following controversy with school administration over her support for the Muslim community, will speak at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago.

Initially suspended after posting a statement about Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God on Facebook, Hawkins also indicated on Facebook that she would show solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab. She left Wheaton College earlier this month after reaching a mutual agreement with the Christian college.

She will speak on “Diversity and the Meaning of Embodied Solidarity” during Roosevelt’s Feb. 29 through March 4 Diversity Week. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in Room 317 of Roosevelt’s Wabash Building.

“We are pleased to have Larycia Hawkins as one of our guest speakers for this week-long celebration of diversity in the Roosevelt community,” said Sharron Evans, assistant vice president of inclusion and equity at Roosevelt University.”

February 28, 2016: Stand Together DuPage with your Muslim Neighbor

Video and news coverage of my speech at the event:

“DuPage United’s Solidarity Campaign is intended to create a counter-narrative, replacing “us” and “them” with “we the people.” Much of islamophobia is based on misinformation and fear of the unknown. The one-to-one conversations for the launch event on Feb 28 are meant to build small bridges of understanding…

We want to make clear the shared American values that bind us into “we”. Over the course of this campaign, we hope to build a critical mass that will be able to push back against political hate talk. This is vital especially as the election campaign goes into full swing… Developing interfaith voices starts by talking one-to-one, with each other. Together, we can speak out in solidarity and, in unison, overcome hate and fear.” (

Feb 24, 2016: “The Same God”? A Conversation at the Chicago Sunday Evening Club

Medill News Service Coverage

This evening included “…a public conversation between Dr. Larycia Hawkins, formerly a professor of political science at Wheaton College, and Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on American and Islamic Relations.
The conversation (was) moderated by Dr. David Dault, executive director of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.
If you have been following the recent controversy around Professor Hawkins, you are aware it began in part with a quotation, attributed to Pope Francis, that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Dr. Hawkins used this quotation as an explanation for a public act of “embodied solidarity” with Muslims, by choosing – as a Christian – to wear a headscarf during the season on Advent.
Our conversation (took) the Pope’s claim as a starting point, to explore both the criticisms and the possibilities that follow from it. We…also discuss(ed) the history of Christian public witness, and the relationship in America between majority and minority religions.(

Feb. 20, 2016: CAIR-Chicago Annual Banquet

“CAIR-Chicago was also happy to welcome honorary guest and former Wheaton Christian College Professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who addressed the Muslim community for the first time and received a touching extended standing ovation. She emphasized the importance of “embodied solidarity.””

Dr. Hawkins Continues to Pursue Multifaith Understanding at University of Virginia


The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture announced today that Larycia Hawkins, former professor of political science at Wheaton College, will join the Institute as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow.

Hawkins, a nationally recognized scholar in contemporary African-American issues, plans to spend her time at the Institute in research focused on the relationships between races and religions. She also will serve as a scholar on the Pluralism Project and on the Race, Faith, and Culture Project.

“Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area,” said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the Institute. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here.”

Hawkins said she is pleased to return to UVA, where she was a fellow at The Miller Center a decade ago.

“The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture provides a wonderfully vibrant, intellectual community and it is the perfect place for me to pursue my scholarship,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins was until recently associate professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College, where in 2013 she became the college’s first female African-American tenured professor. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between black theology and the rhetoric, policies, and agendas of African-American organizations and movements.

Hawkins and Wheaton jointly announced in February that they had reached a mutual agreement and resolution to part ways after Hawkins’s nine years at the college.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my scholarship and research at the University of Virginia and to remain engaged in issues of importance and relevance,” Hawkins said. “I can’t think of a better fit for important discourse and work than the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.”

Originally posted by Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture on March 3 at