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The Spiritual Life of Social Movements

Thursday Lecture Series

dateDecember 7, 2023 timeThursday, 1:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

The Society of Fellows hosts the Thursday Lecture Series (TLS), which runs regularly throughout the academic year. The Fall Semester TLS, our Fellows present their own work, chaired by Columbia faculty.

The Spiritual Life of Social Movements

Lecture by nyle fort
Chaired by Eugenia Lean

This talk is an invitation to think together about the spiritual dimensions of current social movements. Mainstream conceptions of political activism tend to emphasize improving material conditions. Of course, this is foundational to any liberation project. Missing from these accounts, however, is a serious attention to and appreciation for the spiritual forces that animate quests to transform society. From climate activism and the modern abolition movement to labor organizing and global solidarity struggles, some activists are yearning to transform hearts and minds as much as public policies and political agendas. There seems to be a growing awareness that, to riff on Detroit organizer Grace Lee Boggs: to remake the world we must transform ourselves and to transform ourselves we must remake the world.

This event also will be recorded. By being electronically present, you consent to the SOF/Heyman using such video for promotional purposes.

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