The Annual Conversations on Race and Entertainment Media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University are an opportunity to have an intimate and enlightening conversation with communications leaders about their unique experiences in entertainment media. I have hosted this event since 2014.
- 2019: Dana Gills (Director of Production and Development at Lionsgate)
- 2018: Jonathan Jackson (Co-Founder and Corporate Head of Brand for BLAVITY)
- 2017: Donny Jackson (Executive Producer on CNN’s United Shades of America with Kamau Bell)
- 2016: Erika Green Swafford (Co-Executive Producer on How To Get Away With Murder; Fmr Writer on The Mentalist)
- 2015: Robyn Lattaker Johnson (VP of Unscripted Programming at Syfy; Face Off, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, among others)
- 2014: Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; UPDATE: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore)
This has also given me the opportunity to have many other interesting conversations at Newhouse outside of this series and around Syracuse University.
- The Slippery Slope of Politics with Maureen Dowd, New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize Winner. Presented by University Lectures, Syracuse, NY (April 13, 2018).
- The Importance of Diversity Education in Media with Joy Reid, Host of AM Joy and a national correspondent at MSNBC. Presented by University Lectures, Syracuse, NY (April 3, 2018)
- Documenting History: A Conversation with Harry Allen, Media Assassin, journalist, activist, and former Director of Enemy Relations for Public Enemy. Presented by Syracuse University Humanities Center (Mar 23, 2016).
- What is a “Black Utopia”? Interview with Dr. Joan Bryant, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University and co-curator of Black Utopias (Mar 4, 2016).
- Struggle with Satire, Inspired by an incident at a Syracuse University dorm, I host a conversation with Bob Thompson about satire and how audience reception affects the effectiveness of the message (Feb 3, 2016).
- Moderator: Invited Student Q&A with Charles M. Blow, New York Times Columnist. Presented by University Lectures, Syracuse, NY (Oct 13, 2015).
- Fight Brainwashing: A Lesson for Media Communicators with Tom Burrell, founder and CEO Emeritus at Burrell Communications, Author of Brainwashed: Fighting the Myth of Black Inferiority (Nov 5, 2014).
- Panel Moderator: Political, Artistic and Journalistic Representations of the Civil Rights Movement and Era. Looking Back, Moving Forward: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement 1964-2014. Presented by Syracuse University College of Law. Syracuse University (Mar 22, 2014).
COM107 Virtual Speakers Series: I conduct virtual interviews with my friends and contemporaries working in media. These conversations focus around 3 key questions: (1) What do you do? (2) How did you get into it? (3) What words of advice do you have for students who want to do similar work?