The Legacy of Malcolm X

The life and philosophy of Malcolm X remain a vital source of inspiration for youth around the world, especially in the African diaspora. Malcolm X’s persuasive influences are key to understanding social movements emerging in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere. How is this remarkable leader’s legacy understood in different parts of the world? How is his thought captured and disseminated by black music, from revolutionary jazz to global hip hop? And how are governments trying to represent his message?

Sex Work is Work

Sex work continues to simultaneously titillate and scandalize the ever seducible bourgeoisie. But behind the peephole sensationalism and the hand-wringing is a ruthless economy and an army of workers to whom both progressives and conservatives persistently condescend. This panel will address the politics and criminalization of sex work, and the deeper socioeconomic prejudices and misconceptions that deny such labor dignity.

The Policing Crisis and Black Lives Matter

Presented by Verso Books

Join the editors and authors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

Confessions of a Number One Son: Chinese-American Literature Now

Presented by Before Columbus Foundation

The Chinese presence in North America predates the formation of the United States by several centuries, thus making Chinese-American Literature one of the most complex traditions in contemporary letters. The arc and panorama of this vibrant, urgent stream among American artistic tributaries will be discussed with one of its master practitioners and grand iconoclasts, Frank Chin. The Confessions of a Number One Son: The Great Chinese American Novel, Mr. Chin's most recent novel, will serve as the axis of this conversation, which will include its editor, Prof. Calvin McMillin, and Genny Lim, a key presence in contemporary Chinese-American culture.

The Labor of Creativity

In preschool we build fantastic, imaginary worlds with play-dough, paints, and macaroni shells; rarely as adults do we maintain such a rollicking and whimsical spirit of creativity. This panel discussion will explore how there’s no such thing as non-creative people—that to be creative is the work of our lives, fundamental to who we are and how we relate to others. Panelists will delve into their own creative experiences and processes and discuss the necessity of being creative every day, whether in the studio, on the stage, on the page, or in our everyday work lives.

Race and the Presidential Election


Michael Eric Dyson discusses race and the presidential election with his editor at the New Republic, Theodore Ross. Dyson’s articles “Yes She Can: Why Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Obama” and “The Ghost of Cornel West: What happened to American’s most exciting black scholar?” will provide the background for their conversation.