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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Lunch Program
“They” and the Emotional Weight of Words
B. Cole

As a graduate student at the London School of Economics, B. Cole, founder of The Brown Boi Project, cobbled together stories, interviews, and research on how gender identity, and expression become language that makes us visible in the world. Given the current debate about using gender-neutral pronouns, they will address how language is the space in which we carve a place for ourselves, where we demand to be seen and is also a reflection point for culture, community, and family to acknowledge our existence on our terms.

B. Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator and strategist for more than 15 years. Drawing on her experience as a consultant, Cole launched the Brown Boi Project in 2010. Cole introduced the term “masculine of center,” which is now being used to forward understanding of the incredible breadth of masculinity within the queer community. A Black Male Achievement Echoing Green Fellow, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, and recipient of the Spirit of Delores Huerta Award, Cole has worked across the U.S. and internationally on issues of leadership development and building social capital for young people of color.

B. Cole's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Evening Program
How We Rise: Strategies for Social Innovation
Cheryl L. Dorsey

For more than 30 years Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent, has identified, cultivated, and invested deeply in emerging leaders to accelerate their impact on transforming the world through economic development, racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, and more. Today, Echoing Green talent consists of 700+ innovators who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, Public Allies, and more. Cheryl Dorsey, president and CEO of Echoing Green, will demonstrate how through responsible leadership, businesses can promote a brighter future for all. 

Cheryl L. Dorsey is the president of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Prior to leading this social impact organization, Dorsey was herself a social entrepreneur and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. She later became the first Echoing Green Fellow to head the social venture fund in 2002. 

An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); special assistant to the director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); and vice-chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-16). Dorsey serves on several boards including the SEED Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, Dorsey received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. 

Ms. Dorsey will deliver the opening keynote address for the  2018 Kravis-de Roulet (KDR) Conference. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Evening Program
Monsters to Destroy
Ben Tumin

"Monsters to Destroy” is a multimedia performance by filmmaker and comedian Ben Tumin (Pomona 2012) discussing refugee resettlement in the United States.

Ben Tumin is a filmmaker and comedian born, raised, and based in New York. He worked at Amnesty International in Morocco and the community building platform Meetup before forging an independent career in political comedy and filmmaking. His work has been featured in The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, and The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC). Tumin is a 2012 graduate of Pomona College where he majored in history.

Mixing information about the refugee crisis with clips from interviews conducted with Scott Cooper, a retired marine working in human rights advocacy, and five young Syrians living in Germany, Tumin takes a different look at the impact of refugee resettlement, particularly from the perspective of national security. Through anecdotes about his grandfather — himself once a refugee — Tumin weaves in his connection to the cause and pieces together what he has learned about himself, his country, and the questions that remain.

Mr. Tumin's talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

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