Compelling Conversations in 2019-2020
As a means of ensuring that diverse perspectives are heard and affirmed on campus, Bunker Hill Community College hosts nationally recognized thought leaders to engage and inspire students, faculty, staff and the community. Speakers share their experiences and opinions in onstage conversations, literary readings and compelling lectures that expand and challenge our awareness of contemporary issues.
Sponsored in partnership with BHCC’s Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth, the series of speakers for 2019–2020 is intended to support meaningful and relevant discussion inside and outside the classroom as part of an ongoing college-wide exploration of power and place, equity and cultural wealth—themes that served as the focus of the College’s Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute in May 2019.
Criminal Justice Reform Advocate and Founder of Prosecutor Impact
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform, with a particular emphasis on redefining the role of the prosecutor to help end mass incarceration. To further these ends, Foss founded Prosecutor Impact, a non-profit that develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system, and he maintains an active speaking and lecture schedule.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Program begins at 1 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Online registration is required
Former EPA Administrator and Director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment and Professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Gina McCarthy has dedicated her 35-year career in public service to environmental protection and public health. Her leadership and perseverance has led to federal, state, and local actions on critical environmental issues. McCarthy’s significant accomplishments include action to advance environmental, clean energy, public transportation and public health goals consistent with a growing economy in New England and across the United States.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Elle Simone Scott
Chef, On-air Talent and Food Stylist on America’s Test Kitchen, Activist and Entrepreneur
Elle Simone Scott is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Scott has been dazzling the culinary world since 2003, quickly becoming a highly sought after food stylist and culinary producer. She has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities most recently to America’s Test Kitchen, the Food Network, Food Network Magazine, the Cooking Channel, CBS, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo. Her specialties don’t stop with styling and production. As the founder & CEO of SheChef Inc., a professional networking organization for women chefs of color and allies, Scott shares her passion by mentoring, resource building, business development and most importantly, Food Justice. She continues to inspire others and break glass ceilings, as the first African-American woman resident food stylist and on-air talent on PBS’s America’s Test Kitchen.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Terri Lyne Carrington
Spring Jazz Concert with Terri Lyne Carrington
Drummer, Producer and Composer
Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time GRAMMY®-winning drummer/producer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She currently serves as founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, co-curator for BAMS Fest and co-artistic director of The Carr Center, Detroit, Michigan.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Program begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
Singer Songwriter, Recording Artist and Boston Native
Kevin So has earned the respect of 4-time Grammy award winner Keb’ Mo’, singer/activist Billy Bragg and Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang, and has built a loyal fan base around the world for the past 20 years. He has performed recently at The Wiltern Theater, as well as Carnegie Hall and The Ryman in Nashville. So was also recipient of the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival Award (Best Music & Lyrics) for “Great Wall” – a semi-autobiographical musical. His songs have been recorded by India Arie (“Crush On You”), Keb’ Mo’ (“Talk”), and Shemekia Copeland (“Sounds Like The Devil”). He is blues, folk and soul in its finest blend.
Thursday, April 16, 2020