Larycia Hawkins was a relatively unknown political science professor at Wheaton College until last December, when she posted a statement on her Facebook page saying that Muslims and Christians worshipped the same God. In the same post, she said she would wear a hijab, including to her job at Wheaton, a Christian college, to express solidarity with Muslim women.
In January, Wheaton started the formal proceedings for terminating Hawkins, saying her remarks did not reflect the school’s evangelical Statement of Faith. But after pressure from the student body and staff, and a media firestorm, the school backed down.
Hawkins joined the Wheaton College faculty in 2007, and in 2014 she became the first African-American female to receive tenure there since it was founded in 1860. In the end, she and Wheaton decided to part ways. She is now a visiting fellow at the University of Virginia.
Tomorrow, March 23, Hawkins will be discussing her story – and discuss the critical issues at stake – via a live Skype interview with Montclair State University’s Department of Religion. The discussion will take place from 2:30 – 4:00pm at University Hall 1060. A Q&A will follow her remarks. All are welcome to join the conversation. For more information, visit the Dept. of Religion website.