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Speaker Series

From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now

Presented by: The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, NYU Steinhardt, Focus for Health and BMe Community

February 15, 2017

6:30 - 8:00pm
Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South

The construct of race continues to have a defining impact on the idea of America. From her heritage of slavery and the genocide of her native peoples, through the slow and hopefully continuing arc that bends towards greater justice, America has yet to honestly come to terms with herself. The recent attention on longstanding biases in policing and the new administration's oppressive worldview beg Dr. King's warning, "We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." Join us for a candid conversation from some of the most cutting edge thinkers working tirelessly to help build a stronger and more truly United States of America.

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The evening's panel included:

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Van Jones
CNN Contributor; Author; President & Co-Founder, Dream Corps

Trabian Shorters
Founder & CEO, BMe Community

Aunjanue Ellis
Co-Founder, Take It Down America; Actress & Activist; President & CEO, Miss Myrtis Films

Anurag Gupta
Founder & CEO, Be More America


Moderated by:

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church

With a very special performance by:



Genesis Be
Rapper & Activist; Founder, Strive Till I Rise youth initiative

Ebonie Smith
Audio Engineer and Studio Coordinator, Atlantic Records; Founder/President, Gender Amplified, Inc.

With tremendous thanks to our supporters and critical thought partners: