Fri May 12, 2017 4:00pm

Beyond Bigotry: A Conversation with Heather McGhee

Sponsored by: New Haven Museum

In partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library and Connecticut Humanities, the New Haven Museum will host “Beyond Bigotry: A Conversation with Heather McGhee,” with noted media contributor and president of the Demos Foundation Heather McGhee, and Frank Mitchell, executive director of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture, on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Space is limited, and registration is required at:

McGhee and Mitchell will explore the theme, “Beyond Bigotry: Equity, Democracy and the New American Demos.” A dynamic question-and-answer segment with the audience will round out the discussion. The program is part of a six-part special series developed by Connecticut Humanities, “At Issue – The Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Connecticut,” which explores the legacy of race and ethnicity in our state. The free program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as “Meet the Press,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including “The New York Times,” “The Nation,” and “The Hill.” She has co-chaired a task force that helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and served as John Edwards’ Deputy Policy Director in charge of Domestic and Economic Policy. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation and serves on the boards of the Center for Working Families and “Consumer Reports.” She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Mitchell is the executive director and curator for the Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Previously, he held collection and program management positions at the New Haven Free Public Library, the Peabody Museum of National History, New Haven and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He teaches at the University of Connecticut, and has held positions at Trinity and Franklin and Marshall Colleges. He has curated exhibits at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut Historical Society and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit, among others, and is an active speaker, writer and member of regional and national organizations. He joined the Connecticut Humanities Applications Review Committee in 2015 and became a board member in 2016. He received an A.B. in history/English from Bowdoin College, an M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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