Keynote Address

Disarming Ourselves, Decolonizing Care: Radical Dharma Approaches for Courageous Transformation

Watching the world wake up from history has sent many of us scrambling for answers about how to better care for ourselves and each other in ways that push back against the enclosures of fear, isolation, and alienation, to reach across lines of difference and begin the collective work of healing backwards towards an emergent understanding of the current moment and the possibilities for social change it holds. Rev. angel Kyodo williams reminds us that “without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.” This talk draws on the teachings of Rev. angel and Lama Rod Owens to extend the reach of contemplative space from the seat of personal awakening towards a courageous transformation of our collective responsibility for disarming ourselves and decolonizing the ways we care for each other in the spaces we live, work, learn, and grow.

Friday, November 8, 2019
5:30 pm
Campus Center Auditorium (CCA)

Dr. Jasmine K. Syedullah

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Vassar College

Dr. Jasmine K. Syedullah is a black feminist political theorist of abolition, as well as co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She holds the first Assistant Professor line in Vassar College’s Africana Studies Program, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Her current book project is a political theory of fugitive slave mother Harriet Jacobs’s prophetic witness and writings. Before joining the faculty at Vassar, Syedullah taught at the University of San Francisco and the University of California Santa Cruz where she completed her PhD in Politics with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies and History of Consciousness. Out in the world and across the country Jasmine is core member of the Radical Dharma Team bringing practices of personal transformation to embodied approaches to social justice and collective liberation from racial injustice and white supremacy.