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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 lecture is currently held approximately once per academic year. The Diversity Lecture Series is hosted as a result of former university President Spaniolo’s response to the report of the Committee on Diversity and International Understanding.


Spring 2014

November2017                                                  Jay Smooth                                                   Hip hop radio rost and v-logger of the lll Doctrine "On Hip Hop, Race, & Politics: The Way We Talk About Things"

Spring 2014                    November 2016                          Shaun King                                SeniorJustice                                         Writer, New York Daily News      "Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement"

Spring 2014
March 2014
Minnijean Brown Trickey
legendary civil rights pioneer who helped desegrefare U.S. public schools.

Karen A. Myers, PhD
September 2013
Karen A. Myers, PhD, Ability Ally Project, Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Saint Louis Univesity

Jaime Washinton

November 2013
Rev. Dr. James Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group. "Religious And Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled"

Shane Windmeyer
October 2012
Shane Windmeyer, Author and Executive Director of Campus Pride
"What’s Your Gay Point Average?"

Dr. Kathy Obear

 November 28 2012
Dr. Kathy Obear,
"Creating an Inclusive Socially Just Campus Community"

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, 2010
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”