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Bryan Stevenson to Present Speakers Bureau 2015 Keynote

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

In other news, the Speaker’s Bureau posters have been on point this semester.

Speakers Bureau will be hosting social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, their second keynote speaker who will be presenting a talk on restorative justice, tonight at 7pm in Gannett.

Dubbed by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu as “America’s youngest Nelson Mandela,” Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a tenured law professor at NYU School of Law, as well as one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. Stevenson’s work on individual cases has resulted in reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is also the author of Just Mercya memoir about a young lawyer and his commitment to fighting extreme punishments and careless justice.

In addition to appearing on The Daily Show, Stevenson’s TED Talk “We need to talk about an injustice” has been named one of the five essential TED Talks by The New Yorker. Stevenson is also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. The current state of things being what they are, the time has never been more appropriate for a talk on restorative justice, so be sure to swing by Gannett at 7pm and maybe even bring a question or two!

Gloria Steinem @ Zankel

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Libbin’ it up

In case you need another example of Speaker’s Bureau being the best organization on campus, journalist, activist, and feminist Gloria Steinem will deliver a lecture at Zankel on February 21 as this year’s keynote speaker.

Steinem was (and is) one of the most influential leaders of the women’s liberation movement. As the founder of Ms. magazine in 1969, she was instantly catapulted to the national stage as a prominent and controversial feminist. She has helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the Women’s Media Center, and has remained an outspoken commentator on a vast range of political issues related to gender and sexuality. Basically she’s hot shit and we’re all very lucky to have her here.

The title of the talk is “The Longest Revolution,” and according to Speaker’s Bureau, she will discuss “the social movements of the past 4 decades and politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.” Relevant stuff indeed.

Tickets went on sale today at the Zankel box office and online. They’re FREE FOR SKIDMORE STUDENTS and they’re definitely going to sell out quickly, so grab them while you can.

Thursday February 21, 7pm @ Zankel

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Lecture: The Storytelling Animal

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

He looks like a grown up Haley Joel Osment

Tomorrow night, author Jonathan Gotschall will discuss his new book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. According to SkidProp:

Gottschall argues that humans are the storytelling animals. We thrill to an astonishing multitude of fictions on pages, on stages, and on screens: murder stories, sex stories, war stories, conspiracy stories, true stories and false. We are, as a species, addicted to story. But the addiction runs deeper than we think. We can walk away from our books and our screens, but not from story.

Gotschall teaches English at Washington & Jefferson College, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. The Storytelling Animal was recently called “a jaunty, insightful new book” by The New York Times, which is kind of a cute review.

Wednesday November 14, 5:30pm @ Gannett

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Speaker’s Bureau Presents: Pre-Election Voter Panel

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

“Oh, look at me, I still don’t know who I’m going to vote for, even though the twenty-four hour news cycle has been covering the election non-stop for over two years. PLEASE SHOWER ME IN ATTENTION.”

If you’re one of those assholes who’s still an “undecided” voter, this Speaker’s Bureau event is tailor-made for you. The event, titled Balancing Perspectives: An Informed Voter Panel, will consist of several Skidmore professors speaking on the key issues in the upcoming election for about eight minutes each.

 The list includes:

Ron Seyb – Introduction
Bob Turner – Immigration
Natalie Taylor – Gender & Family
Feryaz Ocakli – Foreign Policy
Riley Neugebauer – Environmental Issues
Rick Chrisman – Religion
Pat Oles – Tax Reform
Peter Von Allmen – Healthcare

This sounds like a lot of fun. Not sure why the economy isn’t covered, but whatever, I guess it’s not that important.

Tuesday October 23, 7pm @ Tang

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Major League Baseball and Race

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Fun with Keith

As a Mets fan living with a bunch of Red Sox fans, watching baseball this September has been nothing short of soul-crushing. But for those of you who still believe in the magic of America’s pastime, tomorrow’s Speaker’s Bureau event will probably be of interest.

Lisa Doris Alexander, professor of Africana Studies at Wayne State University, will deliver a lecture titled “The State of Race and Ethnicity in Major League Baseball: A View from the Cheap Seats.” Alexander has written extensively on the subject of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality in sports, focusing on how the sportswriting establishment presents these issues.

According to McFarland Publishers’ release information on her upcoming book, When Baseball Isn’t White, Straight and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime, Alexander:

“Analyzes how sportswriters discuss issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, age, and class within professional baseball from 1998 to the present. Each chapter looks at the media representations of a specific controversy including the 1998 home-run chase, Alex Rodriguez’s historic contract singing, Barry Bond’s home-run chases, Mike Piazza’s “I am not gay” press conference, Effa Manley’s Hall of Fame induction, the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, as well as the various incidents involving performance-enhancing drugs.”

Not covered: Bryce Harper being an incorrigible dickhead.

Tuesday, September 18 in Davis Auditorium @ 5:30pm

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Speaker’s Bureau Blog Up and Running

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Featured speaker

Beyond smoking weed and talking about The Matrix, there are loads of ways to enrich your mind here at Skidmore. Two years ago, Z Steinhauer ran Speaker’s Bureau and killed it with some of the best lectures I’ve ever attended here. She’s in charge again and lots of good stuff is in the pipeline.

For example, check out the new Speaker’s Bureau blog for scheduled events this semester. If you’re really motivated, you can even suggest lecturers through their handy form.

CTM, huh guys?

Speakers Bureau is Going to Kill it This Week

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Tomorrow, the Speakers Bureau will present a talk by feminist activist Letty Pogrebin. In 1971, Pogrebin co-founded the groundbreaking Ms. magazine, as well as the National Women’s Political Caucus. She has been a vocal advocate for feminist, Jewish, and Jewish-feminist causes, and has spoken out on a number of political issues in her long and illustrious career. Given the recent flare up of gender issues in the national dialogue, Pogrebin is sure to give an interesting talk.

Then, on Tuesday, New York Times journalist Mike Hale will speak. Hale has worked at the Times for seventeen years, where he has acted as editor in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section, deputy editor of the Weekend section and, for the last three years, as  a critic writing about television, film, and online video. Hale’s appearance is in keeping with the Speakers Bureau  penchant for getting Times-related people, and those who saw Sam Sifton and Will Shortz last year will understand why.

So, yeah, two big lectures this week. Take a break from work and enrich your cultural worldview, you cretins. Admission is free and open to the public, so get there early for seats.

Letty Pogrebin: Monday, April 16th @ 5:30pm in Gannett Auditorium
Mike Hale: Tuesday, April 17th @ 5:30pm in Gannett Auditorium

Larry Wilmore Will Make You Laugh This Monday Night

Sunday, April 8th, 2012


I was antsy to find out just who the Speakers Bureau would bring to Skidmore this year. Ira Glass and David Sedaris are among the “People That Inspire Me” (just look at my Facebook. Oh wait, you can’t, I’m anonymous. Hah!), and I hoped for yet another awesome speaker.

Well, Larry Wilmore rocks. I know that most of us get our news from The Daily Show, so I’m sure a lot of you have heard of him. If not, it doesn’t matter. Just trust me that this will be worthwhile.

I feel a bit conflicted singing this man’s praises because I sure as hell want to get a seat, because I don’t want to encourage the entire student body to show up before I do and take my spot…womp.

IFree for Skidmore students.
Monday, April 9th @ 9:30pm in Zankel.


Thanks, Speakers Bureau!

Miss Representation Screening

Monday, November 14th, 2011

rosie the cathode ray tube

The Speakers Bureau and the department of American Studies are co-hosting a screening of ‘Miss Representation’.  The film explores the role of media in shaping national consciousness, and especially the role of media in perpetuating gender stereotypes and inequalities. The film is chock full of interviews with famous females, including Condoleezza Rice, Rosario Dawson and Jane Fonda.

Here’s the extended trailer.

Tuesday, Gannet Auditorium @ 7:30

On Campus: Will Shortz

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz will be on campus Monday at 5pm giving a lecture and playing some games.

Shortz is here as part of Speakers Bureau’s semester of fantastic programming and should be giving an interesting talk, even for people like me who throw the Tuesday crossword across the room in fuming frustration.

Also, I only know one joke about crosswords and I tried really hard to work it into this post but it just isn’t working so here it is:

“Before I lost my virginity, I treated women like the Sunday crossword: I always lied to my friends about having done them.” DING DONG!