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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.

Fall 2016 Featured Speaker:

Minnijean BrownShaun King Senior Justice Writer, New York Daily News 
Friday, November 4th, 2016
Maverick Activities Center,
Lonestar Auditorium

Time: 7 - 8:30 pm.
**Please note the change in the venue form what was previously advertised

Topic: Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement

The deadliest hate crime against African Americans in our lifetimes didn’t happen in 1955 or 1965, but in Charleston in 2015. More unarmed African Americans were shot and killed by American police in 2015 than in any year of lynching since 1922. Ten times more African Americans are currently incarcerated today than they were in 1955. 
Racism has not died, but has shape-shifted in unexpected and unprecedented ways. In this free-flowing, information-packed, multi-media presentation, Shaun King illuminates how this generation must come to grips with its own unique challenges. Instead of wondering who we’d be and what we’d do if we were alive in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, King asks us to see our present place in the modern movement for a more fair and just world. Racism, discrimination, and harmful policies won’t get better on their own; for that reason, King proposes real and applicable solutions to the most pressing problems of the day.

Biography: Shaun King is one of many voices—though an increasingly prominent voice—within the Black Lives Matter movement. By using social media to highlight, amplify, and discuss news of police brutality, racial discrimination, and other civil rights issues, King has become an indispensable source for extending crucial conversations about social justice and equality.Shaun King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, and other cities. He is Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News, and was Justice Writer for Daily Kos.
Widely known for using Twitter and Facebook to tell micro-stories of injustice, King’s social media updates have influenced how the world knows about those most affected by racism and police brutality. A strong advocate for families, Shaun has become an extremely visible fundraiser for victims of injustice. 
As a social entrepreneur, King worked as the CEO and founder of both TwitChange (which won the Mashable Award for the Most Creative Social Good Campaign) and HopeMob, whose social media footprint grew to become one of the 10 largest of any charity. King is the author of The Power of 100!, and has spent much of the past 15 years raising nearly $10 million for charities and causes across the globe. King is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Epoch Humanitarian Award and the Hometown Hero Award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was also included in MSNBC’s The Grio Top 100 History Makers. Onstage, he draws from his oratorical skills developed, in part, from the fifteen years he spent as a local pastor.


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”


Diversity Lecture Series with Shaun King

Featured Fall 2016 Lecture:
Shaun KingSenior Justice Writer, New York Daily News
Friday, November 4th, 2016
Maverick Activities Center,
Lonestar Auditorium

Time: 7 - 9 pm
**Please note the change in the venue from what was previously advertised.
Admission for the Diversity Lecture Series event is open to the public. Tickets will be available for purchase via

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