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college | Sep 13th, 2017

Suki Kim is One of The Only Writers to Ever Live Undercover in North Korea. Now’s the Time to Listen.

Suki Kim is one of the only writers to ever live undercover in North Korea. Completely immersed, intimate with people no other outsider will ever meet, her rare knowledge about the world’s most mysterious and unpredictable nuclear power is both crushing and captivating. And with the type of... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 7th, 2017

Repairing an Unequal Nation: Five Top Speakers on the Art of Change

Keynote speakers Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Chang, Gabby Rivera, and Reza Aslan hail from the middle east to the midwest, but they all have one thing in common: an infectious desire to make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.  Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Professor of... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 5th, 2017

First a Memoir, Soon a Film. Megan Phelps-Roper’s Story of Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Is a Study in Empathy

Megan Phelps-Roper, once a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its vicious hate speech and cruel protests, is now one of its rare defectors. Her highly anticipated memoir, titled This Above All is coming soon to the big screen.  Produced by Reese Witherspoon, and set to be... Continue Reading →
college | Aug 15th, 2017

Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Sometimes in Thinking About the World, the Truth Isn’t What You Need”

In his newly released book, As If: Idealization and Ideals, Kwame Anthony Appiah makes a compelling argument for the importance of “useful fictions” when it comes to understanding nature, society, and ourselves.   These useful fictions are not to be confused with “alternative facts,” says Appiah,... Continue Reading →
college | Jun 20th, 2013

It's Our Duty As Citizens To Chart A New Course For The Future: Tzeporah Berman

Tzeporah Berman delivered a hard-hitting message to a group of graduates in her recent commencement speech. The environment speaker told University of British Columbia students that they hold the "keys to the future of our civilization." In a powerful and topical keynote, Berman encouraged the... Continue Reading →
college | Jun 4th, 2013

Empathy Equals Power: Commencement Speaker Lisa Shannon

T.S. Eliot once asked: "Do I dare?" That's the question Lisa Shannon posed to Georgetown students in a commencement speech. She asked them if they dared to stand up for their beliefs, and work to make a difference in the world. Taking a stand against injustice often prompts an conflict within your... Continue Reading →
college | May 2nd, 2013

10 Things Commencement Speakers Don't Tell You: Charles Wheelan In The WSJ

How does Charles Wheelan feel about commencement speeches? "I've found that the saccharine and over-optimistic words of the typical commencement address hold few of the lessons young people really need to hear about what lies ahead," he writes in The Wall Street Journal. If anyone can be the judge... Continue Reading →
college | Apr 14th, 2013

Only In Florida: A New College Keynote From Carl Hiaasen [VIDEO]

In a new college keynote that Carl Hiaasen delivered to the students of Florida International University, the author and popular satirist proved he's just as funny on the stage as he is on the page. A long-term resident of the Sunshine State, as well as a columnist and investigative reporter for the... Continue Reading →
college | Mar 12th, 2013

Every College Needs A Before I Die Wall: Candy Chang Profiled In HuffPo

"Every single college campus across the world can benefit from a 'Before I Die' wall." Candy Chang, the public space artist, college speaker, and TED Fellow, recently received a rave review for her community art project in a new blog entry at The Huffington Post. Since Chang first started the... Continue Reading →
college | Dec 26th, 2012

Human Rights Speaker Angela Davis: Incarceration Perpetuates Violence

This month, human rights speaker Angela Davis shared the stage with renowned linguist Noam Chomsky to discuss the abolition of the prison industrial complex. A gifted public speaker, Davis has dedicated much of her career to the discussion of alternate methods of dealing with violence. At the event... Continue Reading →
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