Past conversations

The inaugural speaker in the Series was The Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice in new Labour leader Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet in the U.K. The Virtual Conversation took place on Friday, July 24, 2020, . He addressed the topic “Black Lives Matter, Justice and the UK”. Learn more and watch the recording.


Global Perspectives on Race, Justice and Equity with Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West took place on August 20, 2020. LTG West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command. She is the Army's first African American Surgeon General, the first African American woman 3-star General, and the highest ranking woman graduate of West Point. She has received numerous awards and decorations. Learn more and watch the recording.


REPARATIONS: The Jury says yes: waiting for the judge to say how much with Sir Hilary Beckles took place on October 23, 2020. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, 8th Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment. Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, and has published over 100 peer reviewed essays in scholarly journals, and over 13 books on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean History, gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development and popular culture. Learn more and watch the recording

A Conversation with Public Intellectual Eddie Glaude, Jr on the complex dynamics of the American experience occured on March 4th, 2021. In this panel, public intellectual and frequent media commentator Eddie S. Glaude Jr. spoke to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face. Learn more and watch the recording

All conversation are Moderated by Professor Abi Williams, Director of the Institute for Global Leadership and Professor of the Practice of International Politics at The Fletcher School.