Public Lectures

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

“Moral Injury and Our Common Humanity”

Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, 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.


OCTOBER 30, 2013

“Question Bridge: Creative Expression and Social Transformation”

Chris Johnson, Professor of Photography at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Professor 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. He is the author of The Practical Zone System, currently in its fifth edition with Focal Press.


JANUARY 30, 2014

Judith Bruce is a senior associate and policy analyst with the Population Council's Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. She 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 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.


MARCH 20, 2014

Bill Drayton, JD, is the CEO and co-founder of Ashoka, a global non-profit organization to provide start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the 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.


APRIL 24, 2014

Using the Media to Reveal Our Common Humanity: 

A Conversation with Soledad O'Brien, Farai Chideya, and Ginia Bellafante, moderated by Jimmie Briggs

Soledad O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group. Previously, O’Brien was an anchor for CNN’s Starting Point. She is well known for her documentaries on race, and hosted “Black in America,” and “Latino in America,” a wide-ranging look at Blacks and Latinos living in the US and how they’re reshaping America while America is reshaping them. She currently reports for HBO Real Sports and through Starfish Media Group produces documentaries, scripted and non-scripted series for a variety of networks including CNN and Al Jazeera America. 

MAY 29, 2014

“An Original Theater Written and Performed by the SPARKteam Players”

Dana Edell, PhD, is an activist and Executive Director of SPARK Movement, an organization working to end the sexualization of girls. The performance project of 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.