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    SHANE BITNEY CRONE - Bridegroom - A Love Story. Unequaled.
    In 2011 a devastating accident which took Tom’s life and turned Shane’s world upside down. To cope with the pain of loss, Shane created a YouTube video about the experience to honor and mourn Tom, and highlight the impact of marriage inequality. Since its release on May 6, 2012, the video, titled “It Could Happen To You,” has earned over four million views from people around the world and been translated into over a dozen languages. The clip was also listed as one of GLAAD’s “Most Inspiring Videos that Helped Push Equality Forward in 2012.”
    bazdreisingermenusmlDR. BAZ DREISINGER - Incarceration Nations
    Dr. Dreisinger’s acclaimed book Incarceration Nations is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Dr. Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex.
    ArunGandhiMenuSmlARUN GANDHI - The Peace Farmer: The Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Discusses Total Nonviolence
    GANDHI. Few names in world history evoke such powerful images of integrity, courage, social harmony, and - perhaps most of all - hope. Arun Gandhi carries within himself the same guiding principles as his grandfather, the legendary peace-maker and spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi.
    Jonathan-Gayles-Menu-smlJONATHAN GAYLES - White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
    Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. In 2012, Dr. Gayles produced an independent documentary on African-American comic book superheroes entitled “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books.”
    arno-darylmenusmlNO PLACE FOR HATE - Alt-Solutions for Transforming the Alt-Right
    Professional musicians and race relations experts, Arno Michaelis and Daryl Davis, once stood worlds apart: one perpetrated violence while the other asked, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” A founding member of the largest worldwide White supremacist, neo-Nazi skinhead organization, and lead singer of Centurion, a favorite hate-metal band among racists, Arno Michaelis was once filled with rage. His book, My Life After Hate, vividly details how the forgiveness that was offered to him by people he once detested helped him turn his life around.
    BOB HARRIS -The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time
    The International Bank of Bob is Bob’s fast-paced and surprisingly funny live presentation—now also a Bloomsbury book—on where, why, and how it’s all working out—and how audience members can feel deeply connected to helping good people all over our incredibly interconnected world, too.
    THE RACE EXPERIENCE: What is Race?
    The Race Experience Kiosk offers a truly unique diversity event. You can see yourself in a different skin; change your race to Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Indian. You can then share your favorite pictures via email. This is a museum quality exhibit. The Kiosk’s software provides a personal, one-of-a-kind race morphing experience. The kiosk creates an environment that encourages discussions...
    Dr. JOSEPH SEBARENZI - A Message of Peace and Reconciliation
    Sebarenzi (former head of the Rwanda Parliament) tells his dramatic and historic story, and imparts a message of peace and forgiveness.
    ROBERT A. CLIFT - Hip Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
    When young whites embrace rap and hip-hop culture, is it an example of America moving toward being a colorblind society, or is it just another case of cultural theft and mockery? That's the fundamental question of Robert Clift’s provocative documentary, Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity, which aired on PBS stations across the country in January 2010. Clift, a filmmaker from Washington, D.C. whose previous film about Cuban baseball played on PBS in 2001, interviewed a number of notable entertainers, historians and cultural critics for Blacking Up.
    DARYL DAVIS - A Black Man's Odyssey into the Ku Klux Klan
    Over the last ten years, acclaimed author Daryl Davis walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice. His stories of setting up surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color and attending KKK rallies, has the suspense of Hitchcock, keeping audiences riveted to their seats in disbelief.
    ericdeggansmenusmlERIC DEGGANS - Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding Media's Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture
    In Eric's presentations, he shows how a focus on attracting more advertiser-friendly viewers has led CNN to skirt basic journalism values in courting GOP nominee Donald Trump and his media surrogates. How a focus on confrontation, especially in cable news, has stifled constructive debate. How online outlets focused on conservative audiences have grown more extreme, mainstreaming stereotypical views about people of color and women in an effort to push back against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    ALINA FERNANDEZ - Daughter of Fidel Castro
    Alina Fernandez is the exiled daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Growing up, she recognized her position as one of Cuba's elite--but the political practices she witnessed under her father's regime and the neglect she experienced drove her to renounce that position and, ultimately, her relationship with her father as well.
    NYLE FORT - Black In America: Race, Protest & Democracy
    An activist committed to global transformative justice, Nyle brings his national experience and international lens to his local work. He recently travelled to Ferguson, Missouri to help build the Movement for Black Lives. Upon his return home, Nyle created 7 Last Words: Strange Fruit Speaks, a liturgy commemorating the last words of black people killed by police and vigilantes. In addition, he established Newark Books and Breakfast, a monthly program providing free books and breakfast to local youth and families. Most recently, Nyle travelled to Amsterdam as part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s multinational effort to challenge racialized violence.
    MICHAEL FOSBERG - Incognito - A Solo Performance - Race, Diversity and Identity
    Incognito is a one-hour theatrical presentation that takes audiences on a compelling journey while covering issues of race, identity, diversity, and stereotypes. Writer/actor Michael Fosberg inhabits over a dozen characters as he masterfully tells the true story of finding his biological father. Raised in a working-class white family, Michael discovers at age thirty-two that his long-lost father is actually African-American. This entertaining and enlightening tale of self-discovery challenges audiences to carefully examine their assumptions about others.
    JOSE M. HERNANDEZ - The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut
    On August 28, 2009 José, assigned to the STS-128 Space Shuttle Discovery mission as the flight engineer, realized his dream of reaching for the stars blasting off into space on a 14 day mission to the International Space Station. Jose’s inspiring journey of perseverance and hard work is a true fulfillment of the American Dream.
    ERIN KAMLER - Empowering Girls, Ending Violence
    A doctoral student at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and fluent speaker of the Thai language, Erin studies communication issues related to the trafficking of women in Thailand. Erin has worked with anti-trafficking NGOs and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State to research NGO communications processes in Southeast Asia.
    Maxine-Maxwell-Menu-smlMAXINE MAXWELL - Echoes Of The Past
    Echoes of the Past weaves in and out of history to explore the lives of five African and African American women of remarkable strength and courage. Spotlighted are the vital turning points in the lives of courageous and extraordinary women that include Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Eckford and Winnie Mandela. This dramatic performance takes a look at what it has been like to be Black and female over a time span of 150 years. These dramatic portrayals are an inspiring testament to the indomitability of the human spirit; sure to linger in the hearts and minds of all who see it.
    RobMorrisMenu-smlROB MORRIS - THE MODERN DAY ABOLITIONIST - What it Takes for Everyday People to Fight Injustice
    Human trafficking, modern day slavery, is estimated to impact over 20 million people around the world, including millions of children. But Rob Morris wants us to consider the plight of individual children, rather than statistics. Morris is the president and co-founder of Love146, an organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through prevention education and survivor care. Morris has lectured and taught in over 30 countries on issues of justice, compassion, and human rights, and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fox News, the CNN Freedom Project and more.
    Haider-Newmani-MenuSMHAIDER NEWMANI - Humanizing War: The Experiences of Soldiers and Civilians During Conflict
    Haider's powerful and fascinating lectures include poignant and touching visuals from his experience in war-torn Iraq as a citizen of the country and a war journalist. His various capacities as a journalist, a civilian, an activist and a family man have given him a unique perspective about war. He examines the losses of both nations involved in a war. His presentation takes the audience into a journey through every-day-life in a war zone while highlighting the sufferings, challenges, bonds, ironies and human behavior of both; Iraqi civilians and US soldiers caught in the war.
    MAXIM POZDOROVKIN - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
    Maxim brings a unique perspective to presenting the story, as a friend and collaborator of the group, as well as through his past work exploring the relationship between art and politics. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer tells the story of Russia's favorite radical provocateurs. From their origins to their most famous performance, at the altar of Russia's biggest Cathedral, the film tracks the group through their controversial trial on blasphemy charges and subsequent imprisonment.
    REVEREND SHARON RISHER - Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores Loss, Faith and Forgiveness
    Reverend Sharon Washington Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Her beloved mother — the church’s sexton — Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Audiences nationwide are saying that Reverend Risher’s talks are incredibly powerful, emotional, riveting, raw and authentic, and each of her talks cover her personal experience losing loved ones to gun violence, race, racism and hate in America, as well as the path to forgiveness and an offering of hope for tomorrow.
    Dorothy-Roberts-Menu-SMDOROTHY ROBERTS - Killing the Black Body: The Problem with Race-Based Biology
    Dorothy Roberts, a world renowned scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, has been a leader in transforming public thinking on reproductive rights and racial justice. She powerfully challenges commonly-held views about race, calling us to affirm our common humanity by ending the social inequalities that truly divide us.
    ETHLIE ANN VARE - Mothers of Invention
    Women inventors have fallen through the cracks of history. Ethlie Ann Vare has made it her mission to drag them out, dust them off, and shine a spotlight on them. Her inspiring, entertaining and often humorous presentation puts to rest the preconception that “women don’t invent things.” Women have invented everything from – as the subtitle of her first book on the subject, the award-winning Mothers of Invention put it – the Bra to the Bomb.