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He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military. In the 1990s, MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the sexual assault and relationship abuse fields; Katz is a key architect of this broadly popular strategy. He has presented at over 2700 colleges and
universities, prep schools, high schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and on six continents, including multiple countries in Europe and Asia.
themselves just as they are.
Jes is best known for her visual campaigns, including: The “Attractive and Fat” Campaign to Mike Jeffries c/o Abercrombie & Fitch; The Smash the Scale Revolution; Body Love Spans Generations, #LoveTheMirror, and most recently her letter to Lane Bryant/#EmpowerALLBodies.
Jes is also the author of bestselling Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, a manifesto and call to arms for people of all sizes and ages, published in October 2015. Her second book Landwhale, will be released in May 2018. The memoir will be chronicling her journey as a body positive activist.
Born and raised in New York City, Leyva is a proud Latina of Cuban and Dominican descent. In addition to being the first Hispanic Ambassador for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research (her brother is a 2x cancer survivor), Leyva is also the recipient of the 2015 HOLA “Jose Ferrer Tespis Award”, 2015 Cosmo For Latina’s Women of the Year Award”, and she was honored at the 2014 ALMA Awards with a “Special Achievement Award” for breaking barriers in the arts. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and works closely with LGBTQ Human Rights Organizations and Anti-Bullying Campaigns.
Peters starred in FOX’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest film in the X-Men series. He reprised his role as “Quicksilver” alongside the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence. He will be returning to star in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, slated for release in November 2018.
On the big screen, he has also starred in Kick Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The film follows teenagers and their amateur attempts of becoming superheros.
Other film credits include Never Back Down (2008), Never Back Down 2 (2011), and Adult World (2013).
Prior to her current position, Rangappa served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations. Her work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign
agents and performing undercover work. While in the FBI, Rangappa gained experience in electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, firearms and the use of deadly force. She has taught National Security Law and related courses at Yale
University, Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven.
Rangappa has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among others and has appeared on NPR, ABC, PBS, BBC, and several major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security and is currently a Legal and National Security Analyst for CNN.
Dr, Lafayette, Jr. co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 with his college roommate, Rep. John Lewis, and was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, and in Selma, AL, in 1965. As part of the May 17th Nashville Student Movement Ride, Lafayette endured jail time in Birmingham, riots and fire bombings in Montgomery, AL, and arrest in Jackson, MS, and jail time at Parchman State Prison Farm during June 1961. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962. He was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki and Valyrian for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shivaisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. His presentation is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form-and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.
He has been covering post-9/11 issues-including national security, individual rights and the rule of law-since 2003, when he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. Later that year, he joined the Washington bureau of the Boston Globe; he then moved to the Washington bureau of the New York Times in 2008. He has also co-taught a seminar on national security and the Constitution at Georgetown University’s political science department.
His first book, Takeover, chronicles the Bush-Cheney administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. His second book, Power Wars, is an investigative history of national- security legal policy during the Obama administration.
Hurt began his professional film career with I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America. His most popular documentary to date, however, is Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (BBR). It premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens” (drawing more than 1.3 million viewers). Since then, it has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide. The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007.” In 2010, MSNBC’s TheGriot.com named Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes one of the Top 10 most important black films of the decade.
He has completed his newest documentary, Soul Food Junkies, a film about the history and legacy of soul food for PBS.
Barry is a co-founder and Executive Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. Million Hoodies Movement for Justice formed in response to the media’s failure to adequately report on the events leading to Trayvon’s death.
The organization is committed to building a democracy where all Black and Brown People have social, political, and economic freedom. They are developing the next generation of human rights leaders to end racism and systemic violence.
In a time where we’re witnessing targeted attacks on the most vulnerable communities, Dante Barry, focuses on how young people of color are rising to the occasion to protect and defend the most marginalized and withstand the attacks on our humanity. His work has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, and the Root.
Her work is primarily in women’s issues, with a focus on love, sex and marriage. From North America to Asia, she examines the cultural shifts that are upending the institution of marriage around the world.
Flock examines how marrying for love has changed and continues to change in the West, but also how other kinds of unions continue to persist around the world. In Asia, more women today are choosing hybrid love-arranged marriages, where women ultimately choose their partner but others play a direct role in the process. As tradition collides with Western culture in India, add the layers of religious and ethnic change, as well as pop culture and technology, and the institution of marriage in India, as in America, is being upended every day.
Flock’s work examines the universal challenges, possibilities and promise of matrimony in its present state — and the lessons that can be learned about the institution by examining it across cultures.
Join Nwanevu for a balanced, sensationalism-free exploration of campus politics today. He’ll take a critical look at the college controversies that have captured the nation’s attention and examine the arguments being leveled by social justice activists and their critics.