2017-2018 Speakers

Fall 2017 Speakers

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Join Bunker Hill Community College for these upcoming events focusing on immigration and religious intolerance.

In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, BHCC Presents

Maria Hinojosa - "Frontlines: Latinos & Immigration" - September 21, 2017

Maria Hinojosa 150px widthThe foremost Latina broadcast journalist in America, Maria Hinojosa brings over 25 years of experience reporting on critical issues concerning the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. As a journalist, Hinojosa has been awarded the highest levels of recognition in the profession, including four Emmy Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged. Currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s award-winning weekly program, Latino USA, Hinojosa will present “Frontlines: Latinos and Immigration.”

Presented by the International Center and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - "Islam:  Misrepresented, Misunderstood, and Maligned in the United States" – October 26, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 150px widthKareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most influential and respected black men in America, known for his eloquent and penetrating insights into controversial, contemporary issues. In 2016, Abdul-Jabbar was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. The former NBA champion is now a regular contributor to The Washington Post and Time Magazine, where he has a national platform to share his thoughts on the most socially relevant and politically sensitive topics facing our nation today. He addresses directly issues including race, religious intolerance and discrimination in “Islam: Misrepresented, Misunderstood and Vilified in the United States."

Compelling Conversations

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Program begins at 1 p.m.
BHCC Gymnasium

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Shoshana Johnson: "I'm Still Standing: From Captured Soldier to Free Citizen" - November 9, 2017

Shoshana JohnsonU.S. Army veteran and author of I’m Still Standing: From Captive Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home, Shoshana Johnson was taken as prisoner of war when her convoy was captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recognized as the first black female POW in U.S. military history, Johnson will share the story of her company’s capture and the acts of bravery that followed, including their rescue by U.S. Marines.

Veterans Day Event, presented by the Veterans Center

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Program starts at 1 p.m.
Lecture Hall C202

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Jose Antonio Vargas:  "Undocumented Residents, Unwanted Refugees and America's Values" - November 16, 2017

Jose Antonio Vargas Headshot 150px widthJose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. In a groundbreaking essay published in The New York Times Magazine in 2011, Vargas revealed and chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant in America. Dedicated to elevating the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, he has since appeared on the cover of Time magazine and will present “Undocumented Residents, Unwanted Refugees and America’s Values.”

Difficult Dialogues

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Program starts at 1 p.m.
Auditorium A300

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These events are free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Registration is required.

Save the Date:  Spring 2018 Speakers

Spring Semester Themes: Poverty, Homelessness and Hunger

In Celebration of Black History Month, BHCC Presents
Michelle Norris: "Poverty and Race in the United States"
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Compelling Conversations
Matthew Desmond: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Difficult Dialogues & Women's History Month
Angela Davis: “Institutional Racism in the Prison and Criminal Justice Systems”
Thursday, March 29, 2018