Intercultural Lecture Series

Fall 2017 

The Intercultural Lecture Series is designed to bring leading thinkers, educators and community leaders to UNC Greensboro for the purpose of advancing conversations on a variety of intersecting cultural and social issues.  This series helps UNC Greensboro students become more aware of and engaged with the increasingly diverse and interconnected world around us all.

October 26, 2017, 7pm (EUC Auditorium) – Ash Beckham

​Ash Beckham is a bold, dynamic presenter who speaks about empathy, respect and the power of having real conversations. Online videos of her TEDx talks Coming Out of Your Closet and “Owning Your Duality” and her Boulder Ignite speech I am SO GAY have gone viral with more than 10 million YouTube views. Significantly, her message has also become a topic of global discussion. With an arresting blend of urgency and humor, Ash takes on topics like the crippling experience of being trapped in a closet, the difference between tolerance and acceptance, and the need to remove the word gay as a pejorative from our lexicon. With wildly funny and poignant stories and a tough yet deeply compassionate stance, Ash tells us how to take off the armor and be our authentic selves. She tells us how to get REAL.​

November 16, 2017, 7pm (EUC Auditorium) – Mandy Carter

Mandy Carter is a southern African-American lesbian social justice activist with a 50-year movement history of social, racial and LGBT justice organizing since 1967. Solidifying her sustained commitment to nonviolence, Mandy worked on the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign, the last project Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was working on before his assassination. Since then, Mandy has co-founded two groundbreaking organizations: Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). Mandy was one of five national co-chairs of Obama LGBT Pride, the national LGBT infrastructure for Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign. Mandy was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her lifelong career of work marked by nonviolence, integrity, and selflessness.

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