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The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change (Day 1)

Friday, October 20, 2017

All day

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The Brooklyn Conference explores the intersections of art and social justice, shining a light on what unites and separates us as a nation, and in hopes of inspiring a more connected, civic, and empathetic world. Join us for some creative thinking about social change. The first day of the conference includes a full day of programming with stand-alone lectures, panel discussions, dynamic conversations, and performances, followed by a reception.

Schedule:

  • 8:30–9:30 am Registration in the Rubin Lobby
  • 9:30 am–8:15 pm Program in the Cantor Auditorium—View the full schedule.
  • Reception to follow

Conference tickets are $65–$150. Student and artist discounts ($25–$85) are available by emailing tickets@brooklynmuseum.org. Limited number of tickets available. Because programming runs all day with limited breaks, we highly recommend purchasing a boxed lunch ($19 per day), and joining other attendees to eat lunch in our Beaux-Arts Court.

Day 1 speakers:

  • Keynote: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D ‒ New York)
  • Tania Bruguera, artist
  • Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, rap artist
  • Claudia Rankine, writer
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, artist
  • Linda Sarsour, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
  • Hank Willis Thomas, artist
  • Murad Awawdeh, Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Felipe Baeza, artist
  • Cleo Barnett, Program Director, Amplifier
  • Bob Bland, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
  • Rashida Bumbray, curator, choreographer
  • Katie Cappiello, teacher, writer, director
  • Richard Cook, architect
  • Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • Sam Durant, artist
  • Sarah Sophie Flicker, activist and performer
  • Coco Fusco, artist and writer
  • Alicia Garza, co-founder, Black Lives Matter
  • Jeffrey Gibson, artist
  • Jodi A. Gillette, President Barack Obama’s special assistant for Native American affairs
  • Ebony Noelle Golden, founder and CEO, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
  • Kevin Gover, Director, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
  • Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project
  • Sally Kohn, CNN political commentator and columnist
  • Anjali Kumar, Chief People Officer and General Counsel, Cheddar, Inc.
  • Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand and Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood
  • Shaun Leonardo, artist
  • Sade Lythcott, CEO, National Black Theatre
  • Paola Mendoza, filmmaker and Artistic Director, Women's March on Washington
  • Our Bodies Ourselves
  • Carmen Papalia, artist
  • Brenda Rosen, President and CEO, Breaking Ground
  • Antwaun Sargent, writer
  • Alvin Starks, Open Society Foundations
  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
  • Reverend Eric Thomas, Siloam Presbyterian Church of Bed-Stuy 
  • Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope
  • Touré, cultural critic and writer 
  • Roberta Uno, theater director; founder, ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America
  • Beau Willimon, screenwriter, creator of House of Cards

Generous support for The Brooklyn Conference has been provided by Open Society Foundations.