SAVE THE DATE
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
6 pm, McAlister Auditorium
One 2019 keynote speaker is Sarah Koenig, the host and co-creator of the award-winning podcast Serial. Launched in 2014, Serial is credited with bringing mainstream attention to the podcast format and has been downloaded more than 420 million times, making it the most listened-to podcast in the history of the form. Among other honors, Serial won the 2014 Peabody Award, the first time the award has been given to a podcast. Koenig was named in Time Magazine’s 2015 “The 100 Most Influential People."
The second 2019 keynote speaker is Zachary Lazar, Tulane English Professor and author of Vengeance. Zachary Lazar earned an A.B. degree inComparative Literature from Brown University (1990) and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (1993). He is the
author of six books, including Sway (2008), Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder (2009), and I Pity the Poor Immigrant (2014). His novel, Vengeance, inspired by a passion play he witnessed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
In 2018, Don McPherson delivered a lecture titled Football to Feminism and the Blind Spot in Masculinity. McPherson, former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback, college football hall of famer, activist, educator, feminist, and entrepreneur, for more than 34 years, has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social justice issues.
In 2017, Kimberlé Crenshaw delivered a lecture titled The Intersectional Paradigm: Race and Gender in Work, Life and Politics. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.