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MacRae Speakers & Entertainment is a full-service public speaking agency that represents some of the leading public voices from the worlds of Academia, Entertainment, Politics and Business. We are able to offer over 30 years of experience in booking, coordinating and promoting any event for our Academic, Philanthropic or Corporate clients.

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  • Over 30+ years of experience booking college and professional programs

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Meet Our Featured Speakers

Dr. Jackson Katz
Dr. Jackson KatzAmerica's Leading Anti-Sexism Activist
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

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.

David J. Peterson
David J. PetersonLanguage Creator for HBO's Game of Thrones
Master language creator David J. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He presents the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson.

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.

Evan Peters
Evan PetersActor, Star of American Horror Story
Evan Peters is best known for his work in FX’s cult favorite American Horror Story. Serving as one of the few actors to be cast throughout the entire series. Peters has portrayed the characters of “Tate Langdon”, “Kit Walker”, “Kyle Spencer”, “Jimmy Darling”, “Mr. March”, and “Rory Monahan”.

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).

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. An Original Freedom Rider
This is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever, seen through the eyes of a 20 year old college student, Bernard Lafayette. From May until November, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow Laws, the Freedom Riders met bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
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.
Charlie Savage
Charlie SavagePulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times Washington correspondent
Savage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington correspondent for the New York Times. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Savage graduated from Harvard College and earned a master’s degree from Yale Law School as part of a Knight Foundation journalism fellowship.

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.

Ron Stallworth
Ron StallworthOne Man's Courage in the Face of Hatred
A half century ago, the Ku Klux Klan’s violent power stretched from coast to coast. Despite the Ku Klux Klan’s haunting history, one black police sergeant risked his life to go undercover as a “Black Klansman.”

Throughout almost a year as an undercover member, Stallworth corresponded with the Klan leadership regularly on the phone, posing as an angry racist, he explained he felt victimized by minorities and sprinkled his speech with racial slurs. When his physical presence was required, he would send a fellow white detective in his place, a friend and narcotic detective Stallworth said he liked to call “the white Ron Stallworth.”

Through gaining the trust of local hate group’s leaders, who told him of planned cross burnings and other intimidation activities, he was able to foil at least three cross burnings during his time with the organization by being able to tip off police as to where and when they were occurring.

In 2014, Stallworth put pen to paper and authored his activities in the memoir “Black Klansman.”

Actor/director Spike Lee and Jordan Peele have teamed up to begin shooting a major motion picture of the crime thriller. HBO “Ballers” co-star John David Washington will appear as Stallworth.