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diversity | Jun 8th, 2016

A Classroom Divided: Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation

It’s been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education, but school segregation in America is very much alive. In a recent long-form feature for NYT Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones—winner of a 2015 George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story on school segregation—gives an... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 23rd, 2016

NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker

Bill HB2 should jog your memory, says Jelani Cobb—and not in a good way. The controversial North Carolina bill—which requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds to their assigned sex at birth—has drawn the ire of many, including businesses, other state governments, and popular musicians... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 11th, 2016

Vision & Justice: Sarah Lewis Profiles African-American Photography for Aperture

Sarah Lewis, art historian and bestselling author of The Rise, is set to guest-edit the summer edition of photography magazine Aperture, available on newsstands May 24th. Entitled “Vision & Justice,” the issue explores photography’s impact on the African-American experience, presenting art and ideas... Continue Reading →
diversity | Aug 17th, 2015

Negin Farsad Is One of“10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To”

TED Senior Fellow Negin Farsad has made Paper magazine’s “10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To.” The list showcases Farsad as a “rising feminist comic” who combines “intellectual acuity with endearing delivery.” However, as an ambassador of ‘social justice comedy,’ she also packs... Continue Reading →
diversity | Feb 17th, 2015

The Beauty & Diversity of Muslim Life: Bassam Tariq Speaks at TEDGlobal

In his new TED talk (embedded above), Bassam Tariq speaks passionately about “the beauty and diversity of Muslim life.” Talking about the creative impulse that unifies his various professional pursuits, he argues that it’s crucial for us to create art and institutions that celebrate (and encourage)... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 20th, 2014

Fresh Off the Boat: Eddie Huang's Sitcom Puts Asian-Americans Back on Primetime

Everyone's talking about Fresh Off the Boat—the first Asian-American family-centric TV series in 20 years. Airing on ABC, the new sitcom, which is based on speaker Eddie Huang's bestselling memoir, has sparked an important discussion about diversity on television. As PolicyMic says, it's "a... Continue Reading →
diversity | Nov 13th, 2013

Video: Comedian and Diversity Speaker Negin Farsad on Moral Courage

Social justice comedian Negin Farsad uses humor to talk about serious issues. In a video for the Moral Courage project, Farsad—who is a TED Fellow and the director of comedy documentary The Muslims are Coming!—takes on gender issues, sex, and women's equality in the Muslim community: I want to... Continue Reading →
diversity | Oct 9th, 2013

Preview: Black History Month Speakers Angela Davis & Minnijean Brown Trickey

Lavin has a powerhouse lineup of Black History Month speakers and diversity speakers perfect for your upcoming event. Whether you're celebrating this month (in The United Kingdom) or in February (for Canada and The United States), our keynote presenters deliver powerful and inspiring speeches that... Continue Reading →
diversity | Sep 19th, 2013

Matthew Vines: What the Bible Says—and Doesn't Say—About Homosexuality

New speaker Matthew Vines is a gay Christian—and that’s no contradiction. His groundbreaking speech countering anti-gay interpretations of Scripture (embedded above) has been viewed on YouTube over 600,000 times. The New York Times calls him “an unlikely advocate (and lightning rod) for those... Continue Reading →
diversity | Sep 15th, 2013

The Muslims Are Coming!: Negin Farsad Debuts Her Social Justice Comedy

“After September 11, being Muslim almost became an accusation,” comedian and diversity speaker Negin Farsad told Policy Mic. "It was almost like, 'How dare you be Muslim!'" She adds: "The idea of 'being Muslim' was used to galvanize another group of people." Policy Mic calls Farsad "courageous" for... Continue Reading →
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