Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture of the New York Public Library. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. Muhammad will also be speaking at 3:30 p.m. at an informal book discussion prior to his keynote address.
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Dr. Thomas King is an author who often writes and also advocates for First Nation causes. His book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account, is an unconventional assessment of Indian-White relations in North America. This book is featured in our book club this year. King is also Professor Emeritus from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees from Chico State University and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah.
Dr. Charles Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist and serves as Faculty Director, Associate Dean and Vice Dean at Harvard Law School. He was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 2006 and 2007. Ogletree has a reputation for taking a hard look at complex issues of law, while securing Constitutional rights. He has examined these issues not only in the classroom but also on the Internet, in pages of law journals and every day as a public defender. Ogletree's lecture is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground Series on Media and Social Media.
Rev. Cornell Brooks is the new president of the NAACP and the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Jackson State University, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. Later, he pursued a Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School. Brooks has written for several newspapers on politics, ethics and faith. Brooks will also be speaking on Oct. 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Isle Casino Hotel.
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ehrman is the founder of the Bart Ehrman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for alleviating the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Also a rather controversial author, Ehrman has published several New York Times Bestsellers, including Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Questions. Ehrman will also be speaking at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Oct. 11, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Daisy is an award-winning journalist and a co-editor of the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She has a recently published memoir of her personal and professional experiences, A Cup of Water Under My Bed. She will be talking about her new book and chronicling being Latina in a predominantly majority work environment. This event is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series on "Media and Social Media."
Jehane Noujaim, an Egyptian native, is a cinematographer and director, most known for her films, "Control Room", "Startup.com", and "The Square." After showing the movie The Square (running time 108 min.), Noujaim will discuss "The Role of Media & Social Media in Social Movements." The event will conclude with Q&A followed by a reception in the Center for Multicultural Education. Noujaim's visit is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series.
Joe Hall founded Ghetto Film School (GFS) in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers; it is the nation’s first film high school. Joe is a published writer on youth development and arts education, a documentary film producer and holds a master’s degree in social administration from Columbia University.
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, will speak on the subject of access to modern technology. Ogletree received the first Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award, given by the City of Boston; and Morehouse College's Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Ogletree earned BA and MA degrees in political science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. His visit is part of the Center for Multicultural Education's Annual Lecture Series, and doubles as a speaker for the Reaching for Higher Ground project. The theme of that project for the 2014-2015 academic year is "Media and Social Media."
John Iceland, Head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University, will lecture on his book Poverty in America: A Handbook. Attendees will learn more about the trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States. A book signing reception will immediately follow the lecture.