On April 6, keynote speaker Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity (forthcoming), will kick-off the conversation. She will be joined by Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House Deputy of Staff for President Barack Obama, New York Times best-selling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, and contributor to Crooked Media, and Hank Willis Thomas, a conceptual artist whose work focuses on themes related to perspective identity and commodity, media, and popular culture.
On April 7, we will convene two panels moderated by NPR’s Brian Lehrer. One panel will explore how museums can balance the conflicts between free expression and hate speech, and creative provocation and moral righteousness. Panelists include Kurt Bardella, columnist for HuffPost, USA Today, and NBC THINK and former spokesperson for Breitbart, Representative Darrell Issa, and Senator Olympia Snowe; Jehmu Greene, TV commentator, social justice champion, and Distinguished Fellow at Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership; Angela Nagle, contributing writer for The Baffler and author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right; and Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America, who will look at the issues shaping cultural, social, and political polarization across U.S. campuses, media, and cultural institutions.
The next panel will discuss how digital revolution has altered the nature of protest and how institutions can manage conversations around political and social justice issues when faced with digital swarming, fake news and mistruth. Confirmed panelists include Danielle Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace and Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Molly Crocket, Yale University Assistant Professor of Psychology and neuroscientist; and Melissa Ryan, founder of the newsletter Ctrl Alt-Right Delete and partner on the newsletter with HOPE not hate.
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (April 2018)