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    Van Jones

    Green Jobs and Sustainability

    September 30, 2014 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Van Jones is president and co-founder of
    Rebuild the Dream, and co-host to
    CNN’s Crossfire reboot.

    Recently named a co-host to CNN’s Crossfire reboot, Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has written two New York Times Best Sellers: “The Green Collar Economy,” the definitive book on green jobs, and “Rebuild the Dream,” a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he...

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    Eve Ensler

    In The Body of Justice

    October 15, 2014 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Tony Award-winning playwright
    performer, and activist

    Eve Ensler’s work “The Vagina Monologues” has been translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment), and has run for 10 years in Mexico City and Paris.  Her experience performing “The Vagina Monologues” inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls which raises funds and awareness through benefit productions and other...

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  • Carrie Mae Weems

    Carrie Mae Weems

    Swinging into Sixty: A Woman Ponders the Future

    October 28, 2014 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Artist, Storyteller

    Over the past 25 years, Carrie Mae Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has at various times employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video. She has investigated family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class and various political systems. “Despite the variety of my explorations, throughout it all it has been my contention that my responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art,...

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    Barry Scheck

    The Innocence Project: DNA and the Wrongly Convicted

    November 11, 2014 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Co-founder of The Innocence Project

    Attorney, DNA expert and co-founder of The Innocence Project, Barry Scheck is known for years of landmark litigation that set the standards for using DNA evidence in courts throughout the country. He has spearheaded a nationwide movement to re-examine the fairness and efficacy of our criminal justice system. The Innocence Project started in 1992, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent injustice. Scheck and the organization have used DNA evidence to...

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    Andreas Weigend

    We Are Our Data: Harnessing the Power of Social Data

    March 3, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Founder of Social Data Lab

    An expert on the future of big data, social-mobile technologies and consumer behavior, Andreas Weigend will share insights on the untapped power of data and its irreversible impact on individuals, businesses and society. As Amazon’s chief scientist, he helped create the firm’s data strategy and customer-centric culture. He is the founder of the Social Data Lab, which connects faculty and students with companies looking to find new forms of engagement with their customers. Weigend also advises innovative startups and regularly...

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    Laurel J. Richie

    The WNBA: Showing the World What’s Possible

    March 18, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    President of the Women's
    National Basketball Association

    Laurel Richie has more than three decades of experience in consumer marketing, corporate branding, public relations and corporate management, with a long track record of developing award-winning campaigns that transform brands and drive business results. As president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), she is responsible for setting the vision for the WNBA and overseeing all of the league’s day-to-day business and basketball operations.  During her three years at the helm, Boost Mobile signed on as league’s first marquee...

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    Annie Griffiths

    From Photojournalist to Photo Activist: The Ripple Effects Images Project

    March 24, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Photographer
    National Geographic

    One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed on six of the world’s seven continents during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand and Jerusalem. In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the executive director of Ripple Effect...

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