A Love-Driven Politics: Reclaiming the Hope & Heart of Progressivism - Keynote by David Kyuman Kim
In the midst of the chaos and malevolence of the Age of Trump, the Progressive movements are in profound need of sources of hope and inspiration. What is to be done? Rather than give into despair and desperation, let us ask: how might a politics driven by radical love transform what we imagine for ourselves, the people, the nation, and the world? What might be possible for progressive warriors who commit to compassion and generosity as the core values for our politics rather than the pursuit of power? Indeed, how might radical love redefine the heart of progressive politics?
SATURDAY November 4th - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
David Kyuman Kim is Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Connecticut College, where he served as the College’s Inaugural Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Kim is author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics (Oxford 2007), and co- editor of The Post-Secular in Question (NYU 2012) and of a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on race, religion, and late democracy. Kim has served as Senior Advisor to the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere. He was also Editor-at-Large of The Immanent Frame, the SSRC’s blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Visiting Professor of the Humanities at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. Kim is co-convener of the Love-Driven Politics Collective, and co-founder (with Aimee Allison) of DnA Media, a social justice media company that brings together everyday people––online and across America––into meaningful conversations about democracy, love, and race. DnA is also a core partner of the Empathy Lab, a collaborative project sponsored by Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab and Refinery29. Kim is Co-Producer with the Kindling Group (Chicago) of the documentary project Prophetic Voices, a digital series highlighting secular and religious prophets and progressive organizations across the U.S. His current book project is The Public Life of Love.