New Speakers

Daniel H. Wilson

Author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, roboticist Dr. Daniel Wilson offers an entertaining look at ‘killer robots’, while offering insights into…

Michael J. Tougias

New York Times best-selling author of The Finest Hours, Tougias shares incredible survival stories, and shares lessons about decision-making, goal attainment, and resilience.…

Bas Lansdorp

Visionary CEO of Mars One, Bas intends to create permanent human settlement on Mars in 2027. Gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit, Bas inspires…

J.L. Torres

Author of The Accidental Native and critical commentator of culture, arts and politics from a Latino perspective.

Abiodun Oyewole

Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher and founding member of the spoken-word group The Last Poets.

Jesus Papoleto Melendez

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (“Papo”) is a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet most associated with the Nuyorican movement.

Andrei Codrescu

Award winning poet, novelist, and essayist.  Recipient of many awards including the Pushcart Prize and the Peabody Award. Long-time NPR contributor

Jeffery Renard Allen

Award winning American poet, essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Winner of the P.E.N. Discovery Prize and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

Toshia Shaw

Founder of Purple W.I.N.G.S., demystifying misconceptions about who is at-risk for sexual violence and transforms audiences with her harrowing journey out of sex…

Christine McKinley

STEM activist Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, author and host of Discovery Channel’s Decoded, and author of Physics For Rock Stars
Shola Lynch

Shola Lynch

Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and prominent film curator known for the documentaries FREE ANGELA And All Political Prisoners, and Chisolm ’72-Unbought and Unbossed.