Upcoming Events: Inforum

Fri 3/20

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Talib Kweli: Race, Justice and Hip Hop

Date: Fri, March 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With the lyrically gifted and socially aware rapper.

“The length of black life is treated with short worth.” – Black Star 

Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot 41 times by four police officers in 1999. In response, Talib Kweli organized Hip Hop for Respect  to speak out against police brutality, assembling 41 emcees to represent the 41 shots fired. Now, 15 years later, and in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others, Talib continues to speak out against the militarization of the police force, the prison industrial complex, and institutionalized racism. Considered one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers of our time, Talib feels that artists have a responsibility to the communities that support their careers.  

Hear from Talib Kweli about his experience in Ferguson, the connection between hip hop and civil rights, and what he’s learned from 20 years in the music business.  

Wed 3/25

Image - Tavi Gevinson: INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award

Tavi Gevinson: INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award

Date: Wed, March 25, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Maybe the most influential 18-year-old in America.

Tavi Gevinson, Editor-in-Chief, Rookie Magazine; Editor, Rookie Yearbook Three; Broadway Actress, “This Is Our Youth”

In conversation with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, Author; Screenwriter; Accordionist

It’s quite possible that Tavi Gevinson is the most influential 18-year-old in America. Despite the fact that she just graduated from high school, her résumé includes blogging phenom, magazine editor, writer, movie actress and Broadway star. At age 11, she started Style Rookie, a blog that garnered the attention of fashionistas the world over and has since spawned a corresponding online culture magazine, Rookie, three annual yearbooks and a nationwide tour. Frequently dubbed a wunderkind, Tavi is both a hero to teen girls everywhere and a leading creative voice in the digital era, covering topics – from astrophysics and Carl Sagan to how to wear a leotard “without giving a damn” – through a smart, modern, feminist lens. Join us as we honor Tavi Gevinson and her singular voice with INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award.

Wed 4/8

Image - Sal Khan with Black Girls Code’s Kimberly Bryant

Sal Khan with Black Girls Code’s Kimberly Bryant

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code
In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy

“Imagine the impact that these curious, creative minds could have on the world with the guidance and encouragement others take for granted. I have, and I can’t wait.” – Kimberly Bryant

In 2011, only 6 percent of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers nationwide were black, up a mere 4 percentage points over the last 40 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For black women, the minority of minorities in the STEM world, access to opportunities that will shatter Silicon Valley’s “boy’s club” and diversify the industry have been long coming. Kimberly Bryant is looking to hasten this change. Founder of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit offering after-school programs and summer programs for young women of every color, Bryant seeks to give Silicon Valley’s next generation of girls a fighting chance to program the future, one line of code at a time.

Join us for a conversation between Kimberly Bryant and another innovator bridging the digital divide, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan. This is the first in a new INFORUM series of interviews featuring Sal Khan in conversation with diverse leaders pushing the limits of learning and breaking boundaries in their industry.

Sun 6/7

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A Sunday with Judy Blume

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Called "the queen of YA" by The Washington Post

Judy Blume, Author

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” — Judy Blume

Judy Blume, called “the Queen of YA” by The Washington Post, releases her first book in 15 years, In the Unlikely Event, this June. Blume — prolific, controversial, beloved — is a literary iconoclast whose novels have been among the first to discuss teen sex, masturbation, menstruation and divorce. For two generations of preteen girls, Blume’s books have addressed the most intimate questions of love, loss and growing up.

Judy Blume will discuss her latest book, her career spanning eight decades of writing, children empowerment and her favorite stories about the young and young at heart.