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ERIN GRUWELL & THE FREEDOM WRITERS
Thursday |October 3, 2019
7pm | Concert Hall
“Erin shows how the power of one can make a significant difference in the lives of many.”  – HR.com

Erin Gruwell Book Cover

Everyone has value and a meaningful personal story; but how do we articulate it during a time of increased tension and fear? Join education activist Erin Gruwell as she shares the history of The Freedom Writers, a group of aspiring youth living in violence and poverty who rejected their predefined societal limitations and claimed their positive potential in the world. Erin will share the process that can we use to catalyze positive change.
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QUEER EYE YOUR LIFE: AN EVENING WITH KARAMO
Wednesday | February 19, 2020
7 pm | Concert Hall
"...sympathetic talk therapist wrapped inside a life coach and zipped into a fast fashion bomber jacket…” - The New Yorker

Karamo Brown

With wisdom and insight, three-time Emmy Award-winner and Culture Expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown acts as a guide to connect us to the hidden parts of ourselves that have until now held us back. Learn how to unearth and integrate various sides of our personal identities and energize our lives with greater authenticity, happiness and success. Karamo Brown draws from his work to show how he discovered his many identities; whether as a gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo uses his unique qualities and strengths to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same. His memoir, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope, explores how challenges have allowed him to transform the lives of those in need. 
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FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS WITH ERWIN CHEMERINSKY
SPRING 2020
7pm | Concert Hall
“Most influential person in legal education in the United States…” – National Jurist Magazine

Erwin Chemerinsky

Shutting down controversial speakers and ideas on college campuses may be tempting but it ultimately could undermine our freedom and democracy. Dean of Berkeley Law Erwin Chemerinsky, one of our country’s greatest legal scholars, explains why campuses have an obligation to protect freedom of expression, and what prescriptive measures can accomplish this while creating a safe learning environment for students.
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