2017-2018 Speakers


Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is currently an Emerson Fellow at New America and has previously received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

2017 Youth From Every Quarter ASM Speaker

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Rankine won the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Citizen holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category.

2018 MLK Day Speaker

Howard Dean

Howard Dean is the former Governor of Vermont and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He left office in 2003 to run for President. Currently, he serves as an independent consultant focusing on health care, early childhood development, alternate energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. He teaches a course at the Jackson Institute at Yale.

CAMD Guest Speaker: Is There a Future for Political Parties in the United States?

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is an award-winning author, editor, poet, playwright, performer, educator, speaker, and rapper. His book, Wild Hundreds, was honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. He is also an editor of The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Marshall co-wrote the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks with Eve Ewing, produced by Manual Cinema and commissioned by the Poetry Foundation.

2018 Black Arts Month Keynote Speaker

Nadeem Menza ’02

Nadeem Mazen is the founder of Nimblebot, a digital creative agency in Cambridge, MA. An educator and social justice advocate who believes that elected officials should act as public servants, first and foremost—Mazen served two terms on city council. Mazen co-founded rapid fabrication space danger!awesome and has served as an instructor at MIT Sloan and School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

MSA Guest Speaker

Ali Michael

Ali Michael is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys.  Ali teaches in the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Princeton University as well as the Equity Summits with USC. Ali has consulted on numerous occasions with AWARE: Andover’s White Anti-Racist Educators Group.

Stand Up Symposium Keynote Speaker

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