Public Lecture Series

Bill Drayton - The "Everyone a Changemaker" World Changes Everything


Bill Drayton, J.D., is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. He pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship building a global association of 3000 leading social entrepreneurs located in 70 countries who work to create an “Everyone a Changemaker World.”

Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

Public Lecture Series

Using the Media to Reveal Our Common Humanity: A Conversation with Soledad O’Brien, Farai-Chideya, Ginia Bellafante, moderated by Jimmie Briggs


The panel discussion will focus on strategies that journalists use to disrupt divisive cultural narratives and underscore the common humanity of people living in the United States and around the world.

Soledad O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group. Farai Chideya is an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. Ginia Bellafante has been a social and cultural critic at The New York Times for over a decade. Her current weekly opinion column, called the Big City, covers housing, politics, education, philanthropy and the way that New Yorkers live and interact. Jimmie Briggs is a human rights activist, journalist, and founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.

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Original Theater Written & Performed by The SPARKteam Players


Dana Edell, Ph.D., is an activist and Executive Director of SPARK Movement, an organization working to end the sexualization of girls. The performance project of the SPARK movement, the SPARKteam Players, are a feminist troupe of teenage girls in New York City who collaboratively write and perform original theater that addresses issues related to sexism and the sexualization of girls.

Public Lecture Series

Jonathan Shay - Moral Injury and Our Common Humanity


Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist, MacArthur Fellow, and author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Simon & Schuster, 1995), Jonathan Shay is a clinical psychiatrist whose treatment of combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans combined with his critical and imaginative interpretations of the ancient accounts of battle described in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are deepening our understanding of the effects of warfare on the individual.

Public Lecture Series

Chris Johnson - Question Bridge: Creative Expression and Social Transformation


Chris Johnson is a Professor of Photography at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Prof. Johnson created the Question Bridge concept and video installation project, which explores challenging issues within the Black male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among black men across the geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata of American society. Chris is the author of The Practical Zone System, currently in its fifth edition with Focal Press.

Public Lecture Series

Judith Bruce - Turning Passion Into a Business Plan for Girls


Judith Bruce is a senior associate and policy analyst with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. Judith has coordinated a program of policy-oriented research on issues related to women’s and adolescent girls’ social and economic development. Recently she served as co-chair of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl-child. Her areas of expertise include women’s roles and status, with a focus on intrafamily dynamics, investments in children, and adolescence, especially vulnerable adolescent girls.

The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity

PACH is an emerging think and do tank, funded by the NoVo foundation and based at New York University, that aims to bring together the science and practice that underscore our common humanity in order to create a more just and humane society.


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