Marriage Equality and Civil Rights Advocate
Charlene’s partner of many years, Kate Fleming, was hospitalized after a flash flood. Charlene was denied access to Kate’s hospital room during her final moments because Washington state did not recognize their relationship. She is now a nationally respected LGBT advocate for social justice and civil rights issues including marriage equality and non-discrimination policies.
The Sex Diaries Project on Campus
What’s really going on behind closed doors on your campus?
Arianne Cohen spent six years collecting 3,500 anonymous seven-day sex diaries from people all over North America and the world – including college towns. In The Sex Diaries Project On Campus, she takes you on a tantalizing tour through the sometimes shocking, always entertaining real diaries of college students, creating a compelling portrait of sex and sexuality on campus today that will forever change how you look at relationships.
HIV+ Playboy Playmate, Body Builder and Fitness Expert
At the age of 18, Rebekka became a Playboy Playmate after being chosen to be Miss September 1986, a culmination of her childhood dream. For the next four years, she led an exciting life as a Playmate, traveling, modeling, and attending star-studded parties. However, she was often tired and bruised easily. At the age of 22, she was diagnosed with HIV.
Dr. Terrence Roberts
Lessons from Little Rock
All the seats at the hamburger joint were reserved for white patrons, so 13 year old Terrence Roberts ordered food to go. While waiting, he impulsively sat down at the counter and then realized a hush had fallen over the place. Suddenly everyone seemed to be looking at him threateningly. He canceled his order and left. As he walked home, Roberts remembers wondering “what it would take for (him) to be treated like a real human being.”
Two years later, in 1957, he volunteered to be one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who desegregated Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Author, Cambodian Landmine Actvist
Loung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century.
She was five years old when the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Penh. Over the next three years, Loung lost half of her family, including both parents, and spent time in a camp for child soldiers. After the war was over, she and her older brother relocated to Vermont, where she grew to adulthood. Today she is an internationally best-selling author and a well-known human rights activist.
A Lot Like You:
The Culture We Inherit and the Legacies We Choose
A first-generation American goes in search of her identity and discovers that the cycle of gender violence she’s been working hard to break in the US is part of her history and culture on another continent. A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down, and reveals how bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes…
Imagine What You Can Do
The Power of Citizen Journalism
Amanda Koster is an internationally acclaimed photographer with a passion for finding and sharing stories of real people, human rights, cultural diversity and global equality. She asks you to ‘Imagine What You Can Do’ with the tools at your disposal to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
New speaker videos – Socheata Poeuv and Dave Montgomery
We’ve got two new speaker videos up on our website: Dave Montgomery giving the keynote address at the No Till on the Plains conference in January, and Socheata Poeuv addressing Texas Tech University in April. Enjoy!
Dr. Roberts inspires students in Roslindale, MA
Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, spoke recently at the Sacred Heart School in Roslindale, MA about his experiences in the civil rights movement and his role in the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, AR in 1957. Check out a nice report on his visit by Wicked Local Roslindale: http://www.wickedlocal.com/roslindale/news/x1884768534/One-of-the-Little-Rock-Nine-inspires-students-at-Roslindale-school#axzz2UEt90vvJ
Socheata Poeuv’s visit to Vietman Center and Archive, Texas Tech
Filmmaker and activist Socheata Poeuv’s recent visit to Texas Tech University, hosted by the Vietnam Center and Archive has been written up in the Daily Toreador: http://www.dailytoreador.com/lavida/article_68d614e4-ae2b-11e2-913b-001a4bcf6878.html
Video from the event is coming soon!
New speaker video – Gabriel Bol Deng
Gabriel Bol Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, speaks in this TEDx talk at Bergen Community College about his journey as a refugee and building a school in his home village. Watch it here:
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