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Diversity Lecture Series

Through the Diversity Lecture Series, Multicultural Affairs is pleased to host a special line up of distinguished lecturers and performers from across the country whose presentations highlight diversity and social justice topics facing today’s world. Events are free and open to the public. The spring Diversity Lecture is a flagship event of the annual UTA Diversity Week celebration held each March. The Diversity Lecture Series is hosted as a result of university President Spaniolo’s response to the report of the Committee on Diversity and International Understanding.

2011-12 Featured Speaker

Jeff ChangMarch 2012
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation with Guest Speaker Jeff Chang, Historian, Hip Hop Journalist, and Author

Jeff Chang currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. In his book, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff Chang uses hip-hop to radically remix the last 25 years of America's political and social history. In his lecture, he will explore how street rebels and art renegades changed the way we see America and also discuss his most recent book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, on the cultural transformation of the U.S. over the last three decades. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop was a nationwide bestseller, won The American Book Award and is now taught in universities around the country. 

Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops who tackles race relations, student activism, political engagement, multiculturalism and the politics of abandonment so keenly felt by America's inner city youth. He covered the 2008 Presidential election for Vibe magazine, where he wrote both of their cover stories on Barack Obama. Chang also served as editor of his second book, Total Chaos where he highlighted the influence of hip-hop on other artistic mediums.

He received a master's degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and was an organizer for the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. In 2008, the United States Artists named him a USA Ford Fellow in Literature.

Past Diversity Lecture Series events

Jeff Chang
March 2012
Jeff Chang, Historian, Hip Hop Journalist, and Author
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”

Kip Fulbeck
November 3, 2011
Kip Fulbeck, award winning author, artist, and filmmaker
“Who Are You? The Changing Face of America”

Mauricio Claver-Carone
October 26, 2011
Mauricio Claver-Carone, Cuba Democracy Advocates
"U.S.-Cuba Policy: From the Streets of Havana to the Halls of Capitol Hill."

 Platanos and Collard Greens
February 28, 2011
Platanos & Collard Greens
Hit theatrical production exploring inter-racial relationships 

Maura Cullen
March 3, 2010
Dr. Maura Cullen, social justice educator and author
“Dumb Things Well Intended People Say”

Morris Dees
October 3, 2009
Morris Dees, legendary civil rights activist
“And Justice For All”

Lani Guinier
March 3, 2009
Dr. Lani Guinier, educator, attorney, and civil rights advocate
“Rethinking Race & Class”

Ronald Takaki
November 17, 2008
Dr. Ronald Takaki, historian and author
“A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America”