distinguished speakers

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“Building Political Consensus on the Environment”
Danielle Butcher
Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center
October 14, 2019, 7:30pm
Supported by the Will Judy Lectureship

Danielle Butcher is a conservative political strategist who aids organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. Danielle serves as COO of the American Conservation Coalition, where she merges her love of leadership with her passions for free-market capitalism and the environment. Danielle has spoken at several prominent conservative events including CPAC, appeared as a frequent guest on Fox News Radio and NPR, and has had her work featured in publications such as The Times, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, VOX, and more. She attended Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Political Science and Rhetoric Communications.


“They Call Me Q” – A One-Woman Play”
Qurrat Kadwani
Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center
October 29, 2019, 7:00pm

Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in her autobiographical one-woman show. They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African-American friends.

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“Finding Your Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton” Bryan Terrell Clark
Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center
January 22, 2020, 7:00pm

Drawing on real-life lessons from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his starring career on Broadway – most notably as George Washington in Hamilton: The Musical – Bryan Terrell Clark inspires others to reach their full potential in life while leaving a positive impact on the world. Much like he does with his philanthropic lifestyle brand inDEFINED, Bryan uses exposure to the arts to empower young change-makers to dream big and discover the best version of themselves.

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"Why I Stayed: The Complexity of Domestic Violence"
Beverly Gooden
Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center
April 20, 2020, 7pm

Why I Stayed is a revolutionary speech by Beverly Gooden, renown social activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag and global movement. In this radical talk, Gooden challenges the question “Why did he/she stay?” and reveals how the current way we interact with survivors is a house of cards. From faulty blame attribution, to designating only men as abusers, it’s easy to overlook the sheer volume of domestic violence when the issue has historically been framed as “them” and not “us”. That’s why, as Beverly argues, domestic violence is a community issue. Beverly discusses her personal domestic violence story, reveals the most important questions to ask victims, and outlines how we all can help.

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