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The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change (Day 1)

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.