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Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.


Voices of Social Change and the Drury Bagwell ODK lecture



Tuesday, April 18th 2017 6:00pm

Stamp Student Union Hoff Theater


An evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau: an Explorer, Environmentalist, Educator and Film Producer.

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU has risen to the international environmental conservation stage through his work in advocacy, education, exploration, and filmography. Inspired by his father, ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 and serves as its President and Chairman of the Board. Complementing this "Voice for the Ocean," the Emmy Award-winning producer has created over 80 films regarding the conservation and preservation of the planet's oceans and marine resources. Named the White House's Environmental Hero in 1998, Jean-Michel has distinguished himself as a collaborator, educator, and leader in the environmental conservation movement.


Past EventS

Marc Lamont Hill
Activist and Social Critic
November 2nd, 2016

Laverne Cox 
Ain't I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood
LGBTQ Advocate 
May 6th, 2016

Angela Davis  
"Radical Simply Means 'Grasping Things at the Root'" 
Feminist and Civil Rights Activist 
September 24th, 2015

Judy Shepard
Civil Rights Advocate and Mother of Matthew Shepard
April 15, 2015

Advancing Social Change:  The Women of NPR
March 11, 2015

Faces of Homelessness Panel
November, 2015

Kevin Powell 
Author & Soical Activist
September 16, 2014

Neil Irvin
Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape
April 17, 2014

Andy Shallal 
Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur
March 3, 2014

Paul Farmer
Medical anthropologist and physician
February 4, 2014

Nancy Meyer 
Business and Development Director at Community Forklift
October 24, 2013

Hudson Taylor
Founder & Executive Director of AthleteAlly
December 3, 2013

Mona Polacca
Member, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
November 6, 2013

Chocolate City Documentary and Discussion with Ellie Walton
April 29, 2013

The Longest Revolution: An Evening with Gloria Steinem
April 23, 2013

Cornel West Lecture
February 14, 2013

Face of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau 
Faces of Homelessness Panel
November 14, 2012

Mark Bergel; Executive Director, A Wider Circle
Closing the Poverty Gap: One Man's Journey to Social Change
September 27, 2012

Barbara Ehrenreich
Counting Change: Making a Difference in an Indifferent World
May 1, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Beatriz Otero; CentroNia / Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Bilingual Education in a Multicultural America
April 19, 2012

Mazi Mutafa; Words Beats and Life
Hip Hop and Social Change
March 15, 2012

Tim Wise
Between Barack and a Hard Place: Challenging Racism, Privilege, and Denial in the Age of Obama
February 8, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Adam Schneider; Health Care for the Homeless
Triple Threats: Homelessness, Healthcare, and Oppression - A Dialogue about Advocacy, Organizing, and Creating Change
November 16, 2011

Suzanne Marcus; District Alliance for Safe Housing
Hiding from Hate and Finding Hope: Suzanne's Lifelong Campaign Against Domestic Violence in the District
October 20, 2011

Mayor Ortiz & Vinnie Bevivino
Environmental Justice: In Our Backyard?
April 14, 2011

Angela Lagdameo & Christina Lagdameo
A Family of Action: Two Sisters Making a World of Difference
March 8, 2011

Melissa Thompson
Turning the Camera on Change: Advocacy through Documentary Filmmaking
February 24, 2011 

Mary-Beth Levin; Prevention Works!
Attacking AIDS in DC: Pathways to Awareness and Prevention
February 16, 2011 

Paving the Way for Social Change: Young Alums Taking Action
November 30, 2010



We are asking for your help in identifying potential speakers for the Voices of Social Change program. Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.

This program began in the spring 2010 semester with three sessions focused on social change in the coffee industry, in Haiti, and environmental justice with local community members. We are looking for individuals involved in social change work in our local community and the Baltimore-Washington area, and are asking for your help.

Do you have relationships with or knowledge of individuals you believe would be good at sharing their story with our students? Have you read about someone in the paper you believe has a story about social change that has benefited the Baltimore-Washington community?

If so, please email with their name, contact information (if possible), and any other information you may have about the invididual(s). Your help in identifying social change agents within our community is extremely helpful and is the most successful way for us to identify promising storytellers of social change. Each of our speakers will be provided a $500 honorarium.

Thank you very much!

The Voices for Social Change Coordinating Team
Mark Engelbert, Aarti Vadalia, Diana Daisy, and Meron Tesfaye

Faces of Homelessness

Faces of Homelessness Flyer

Angela Davis Dialogue

Angela Davis

Click here to get the printable PDF version of this conversation guide for the Angela Davis lecture. 
Angela Davis Conversation Guide.pdf


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