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2017 Keynote Address

Rebecca Walker

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Germaine Ingram
Photo by David Fenton

"The World in You and You in the World: Identity in Action"

In a complex and interconnected world, how can we come to understand the power and strength that arises from our own lived experiences while being respectful of others in their quest to find fulfillment? How can each of us leverage our individuality, strengths, and skills to make the changes we wish to see in the world? How can we love, honor, and reserve space for ourselves, while also serving as a force for social change?

Rebecca Walker, founder of the Third Wave Fund for Social Justice, was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. Through her coming of age as a biracial Jewish woman and embracing the power of renaming herself, Walker’s experience speaks to the intersections of race, gender, class and religion that shape today’s conversations about power, privilege and identity. She is the bestselling author of Black White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self and the editor of Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Additionally, she co-starred in the 1998 film Primary Colors and continues to write and develop projects for television. Having lectured to critical acclaim around the world at over four hundred universities, corporations, and organizational conferences, Walker brings two decades of experience, insight and innovation to the global conversation about identity, culture and power. For a full bio click here

Ticket Information: For free tickets to the ’DEIS Impact keynote address for those on campus, stop by Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium during the following hours when classes are in session: Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. or Saturday, noon-4 p.m. (maximum two tickets per Brandeis ID). Off-campus guests please email or call 877-736-4098 with your name, address, email and phone number.  Please indicate the number of tickets you would like (maximum four tickets per person).  For group ticket inquiries, please contact Elisa Searle in the Office of Special Events at or 781-736-4037All ticket requests must be received no later than Jan. 30.

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"Transparent" screening with post-show discussion featuring Rebecca Walker 

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center 
Rebecca Walker is deeply engaged in today's new wave of progressive television. Through her work on lesbian comedian Tig Notaro’s show, "One Mississippi," television adaptations of her own works "Black Cool" and "Black, White and Jewish," and her affiliation with "Transparent," the Amazon original series created by Jill Soloway, Walker uses television as a medium to explore issues of identity and representation. "Transparent," now in its third season, follows the relationships of a Jewish family after learning that their father identifies as transgender.  Come to a screening of the "Transparent" episode "Kina Hora" (season 2 episode 1), in which Rebecca Walker is featured on screen. Then join the discussion about the “New Hollywood" with Walker and panelists Dr. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (professor of ENG, AAAS, and WGS, author of "Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race"); Brie McLemore and Alex Montgomery, both joint Heller MPP/WGS candidates; and Triskelion member Ruth Galaviz '17.
Co-sponsored by Film, Television and Interactive Media Program and The Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
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