Loyola University Maryland

Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

2019 Cleophas lecture delivered by Tarana Burke, founder of Me Too Movement

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement and a social justice activist, for the 29th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

The 'me too.' Movement: A Conversation with Tarana Burke

Burke will speak to the origins of the ‘me too.’ Movement and the premise—that the power of empathy is key to a survivor’s healing—that it is built on. The ‘me too.’ Movement—which Burke started in 2006—gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. The movement became a national sensation in 2017 when the #metoo hashtag was used on social media after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.

Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

Burke was named one of the “silence breakers” that Time magazine honored as Person of the Year for 2017. She was named The Root 100’s most influential person of 2018. Her upcoming book, Where the Light Enters, discusses her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver,” as well as the importance of the ‘me too.’ Movement.

Burke, born in New York, is currently the senior director of programs at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equality.

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required.

Submit a question for the Q&A session following the lecture.