Memorial Keynote Lecture
Monday January 16th, 2017
10am-11:30am (EST) (Doors open at 9:30am. Free and open to the public, not ticketed.)
825 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor MI, USA 48109
The University community is especially pleased to welcome Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, writer, producer, and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and Amy Goodman, award winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of Democracy Now!, as speakers for the keynote memorial lecture. This year’s keynote event will focus on a sit-down discussion between Amy Goodman and Issa Rae.
Event will be live-streamed via mlksymposium.umich.edu
2017 Memorial Lecturers: Amy Goodman & Issa Rae
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” She is the first co-recipient of the Park Center for Independent Media’s Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, and was later selected for induction into the Park Center’s I.F. Stone Hall of Fame. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration.”
Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest one, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Before than, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, and Breaking the Sound Barrier, both written with Denis Moynihan, give voice to the many ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power. She co-authored her first three bestsellers with her brother, journalist David Goodman: Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004). She co-writes a weekly column with Denis Moynihan (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.
Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Media’s She’s Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press. PULSE named Goodman one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.
She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored. Goodman received the first ever Communication for Peace Award from the World Association for Christian Communication. She was also honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.
With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and 200,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour Magazine’s “35 Under 35” list as well as Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and winning the Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit seriesThe Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. Rae developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently working on her half-hour comedy show, Insecure, for HBO. Rae is also the New York Times Best Selling author of, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” released by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2015.
Issa has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, ELLE, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, Fader and was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Insecure.
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium; the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, a unit in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; The Bicentennial Office, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business
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