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March 8, 2011

Richard Kahlenberg

Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His many publications include Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy  (2007) and The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action  (1996). His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, […]

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April 7, 2010

Bella DePaulo, Amy Parish, Marc Solomon, moderated by Dan Segal

Dr. Bella DePaulo describes her book, Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, as “a myth-busting, consciousness-raising, totally unapologetic take on singles and their place in contemporary American society.” Dr. DePaulo earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and her B.A. from Vassar. Since 2002, she […]

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March 9, 2010

“Jealous of the Birds”

JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS is a feature length documentary that provides a new angle and new stories to the pantheon of Holocaust related documentaries. The film focuses on the emotional history of a small community of Holocaust Survivors who remained in Frankfurt, Germany after liberation from Nazi death camps, and asks the question, ‘Why would […]

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February 25, 2010

Jessica Borelli

Jessie Borelli is an assistant professor at Pomona College who specializes in attachment relationships throughout life. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University. A military wife herself, she is currently working on a popular press book on the experiences of women whose husbands are deployed.

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February 24, 2010

Jacqueline Stevens

Jacqueline Stevens is a professor in the law and society program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the author of Reproducing the State. She analyzes the politics of hereditary groups, including the laws and pseudoscientific narratives that make ethnicity, nation, race, and other intergenerational groups seem natural. She also maintains a blog, States […]

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February 15, 2010

R. Alta Charo

R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she is on the faculty of the Law School and the Medical School’s Department of Medical History and Bioethics. She also serves on the faculty of the UW Masters in Biotechnology Studies program and […]

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February 11, 2010

Rhacel Parreñas

Rhacel Parreñas is a professor of American Civilization at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in ethnic studies and B.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of California—Berkeley. She has previously taught at the University of California—Davis, University of Wisconsin—Madison, and was a distinguished visiting professor at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. Parreñas’ work […]

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February 9, 2010

“Off and Running”

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean — Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, […]

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February 4, 2010

Ellen Lewin

Ellen Lewin is professor in the departments of Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Gay Fatherhood: Narrative of Family and Citizenship in America (2009), Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment and Lesbian Mothers: Accounts of Gender in American Culture. Ellen Lewin’s major research interests center […]

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February 2, 2010

“Those Who Remain”

The Ones Who Remain tells the true stories of 11 men, women and children from different regions of Mexico whose families who have crossed the border to the United States in search of better opportunities. It is a film that explores the melancholy, memories and identity of those who remain, who continue to wait, to […]

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January 28, 2010

Susan Burton, Dawn Davison, and Denise Johnston

“Susan Burton is the Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life Reentry Projectâ„¢, a grassroots, nonprofit, sober living home for formerly incarcerated women in South Los Angeles. Having been entrapped in the criminal justice system until 1996, Susan founded A New Way of Life in 1998 and has since dedicated herself to […]

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January 26, 2010

“Crips and Bloods: Made in America”

Directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stacy Peralta and Executive Produced by NBA star Baron Davis and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Stephen Luczo, Crips and Bloods: Made in America tells the story of the Crips and Bloods, South Los Angeles’ two most infamous African-American gangs. From the genesis of LA’s gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of […]

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