EVELYN ALSULTANY - Arabs and Muslims in the Media: The Problem with Stereotypes and the Path to Social Change
Evelyn Alsultany is a leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media. Her research, teaching, and lecturing are driven by a commitment to bringing Arab and Muslim Americans into the broader conversation about racial politics in the U.S. In her lectures, she seeks to educate audiences on the history of stereotypical representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US media, its consequences as evident in public opinion and government policies, and alternatives to foster greater human respect and dignity.
QASIM BASIR - Fighting Fear...With My Voice and Yours
Qasim Basir is an award-winning filmmaker whose first film was NAACP Image Award Nominated MOOZ-LUM, which stars Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover. The coming-of-age tale about a Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 attacks was released theatrically in 2011 to much critical acclaim. The film LA Times calls “Well-crafted in every aspect” was then picked up by Starz, Netflix, Amazon and also gained international momentum, opening in over 25 countries.

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.”
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.
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.
ZAK EBRAHIM - The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
Zak Ebrahim, a childhood amid terrorism was all he knew. After his father’s incarceration, his family moved more than twenty times, haunted by and persecuted for the crimes of his father. Though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, the hateful ideas never resonated with the shy, awkward boy. The older he grew, the more fully Ebrahim grasped the horrific depths of his father’s acts. The more he understood, the more he resolved to dedicate his life to promoting peace.
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.
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.”
EDDIE S. GLAUDE JR. - Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is a scholar who speaks to the black and blue in America. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities and reveal complexities, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for hope. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.” Other muses include James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. In addition to his readings of early American philosophers and contemporary political scientists, Glaude turns to African American literature in his writing and teaching for insight into African American political life, religious thought, gender and class.
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.
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.
LUMA MUFLEH - When Home Disappears
Luma Mufleh is the inspirational CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Luma is a CNN Top 10 Hero 2016 and TED Talk 2017 Speaker whose story has been featured on CBS SundayMorning, ESPN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and more. As the world faces a global refugee crisis, the Fugees are an inspiring example of what can happen when we welcome newcomers into our communities rather than shut them out.
ARNO MICHAELIS - My Life After Hate
In the late 1980s and early 90s, Arno Michaelis was a founding member of a notorious worldwide racist skinhead organization, a reverend of a self-declared racial holy war, and front man of the hate-metal band Centurion, which sold 20,000 CDs by the mid-nineties and is still popular with racists today. Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by people he once hated all helped to turn Arno’s life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. Author of My Life After Hate, Arno travels extensively and is very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development, in an effort to counter the cycle of violence he once perpetuated.
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.
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.
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.
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. This unforgettable and emotional program is perfect for International Studies departments, Genocide Programs, African Studies, Multi-Cultural Programs, Peace Groups, Christian organizations and keynote lectures. Whatever your group, Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi is a man of peace and grace whose message will not soon be forgotten.
ARJUN SINGH SETHI - Building a More Just & Equitable America
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Arjun traveled the country and met with a diversity of people and documented the hate they experienced during the campaign and after inauguration. In his book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe the heightened bullying, discrimination, and violence they’ve experienced under the Trump administration.
MARIELA SHAKER - Fleeing War-Ravaged Syria
Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist and activist who survived the war in Syria by coming to the US to study music at Monmouth College in Illinois. Prior to receiving the scholarship that allowed her to escape the perils of war, Mariela, without electricity or water and under constant bomb and mortar attacks, would hide away in internet cafes to apply to schools throughout the world. Mariela graduated from The University of Aleppo, where she studied business administration. She was also a violin teacher at the Arabic Institute of Music, and risked death every day, commuting between her home and the Institute.
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