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Wednesday, October 10


Finding Your Focus: A Mindful Conversation
Beth Cabrera joins Laurie J. Cameron to discuss tips for harnessing mindfulness among the daily chaos. Cameron’s book, The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening is designed for busy professionals looking to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. It draws on contemplative practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond. Beth Cabrera is a senior scholar at the Center for Well-Being, and is the author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being. Sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

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Beth Cabrera

Dr. Cabrera is the author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being (ATD Press) and a senior scholar at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. As a writer, researcher, and speaker, she shares strategies for building personal well-being and creating... Read More →
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Laurie J. Cameron

Mindful leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron is author of The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening (March 27, 2018). Laurie is founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidence-based mindful leadership programs to companies... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030


Injustice in Policing Black Bodies
In Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change, Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith make a compelling case that the issue goes far beyond the brutal headline stories of Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. Hattery and Smith connect the regulation of African American people in many settings--including the public education system and the criminal justice system--into a powerful narrative about the ways African Americans are policed. The book discusses the school-to-prison pipeline; mass incarceration and the prison boom; unique ways black women and trans people are treated; wrongful convictions and the challenges of exoneration, and more. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies.

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Angela J. Hattery

Professor Angela J. Hattery, George Mason University (BA Carleton College, PHD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor and the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race... Read More →
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Earl Smith

Earl Smith, PhD, is {Emeritus} Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University.  He is the Director of the Wake Forest University American Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Smith is the former Chairperson of the Department... Read More →


Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner
Jennifer Stanchfield is known internationally for her innovative yet practical workshops and publications that help educators engage and motivate learners, inspire a sense of discovery and create a positive and supportive learning community for all. Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons explores experiential techniques for engaging learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academic content while practicing critical social-emotional skills and building a productive and supportive learning environment.  Educators will find creative strategies to get participants moving, talking, reflecting and keep them engaged with multiple pathways to learning, reviewing, and synthesizing lessons. The innovative reflective techniques offered throughout increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and create lasting lessons. Sponsored by The EDGE. 

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Jennifer Stanchfield

Jennifer Stanchfield's depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030


Neversays with Randi Bryant
Diversity and inclusivity strategist Randi Bryant has written Neversays: 25 Phrases You Should Never Ever Say to Keep Your Job and Friends, a guidebook for helping people in the workplace and out in the world avoid pitfalls of miscommunication. Bryant travels around the country training top companies’ executives and employees on topics including anti-discrimination, communication in a diverse work environment, and how to capitalize on this diversity. Sponsored by the Harambee Readers Book Club.

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Randi Bryant

Randi Bryant has always been passionate about communication, diversity and inclusion, as she grew up in a very diverse family and attended schools where she was oftentimes the only minority.Randi’s professional experience furthered her interest in, and commitment to, cultural understanding... Read More →

Thursday, October 11


In Businesses We (Don’t) Trust
Powered by the rise in consumer-driven social media content, corporations struggle to maintain their customers’ trust. Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape by Barie Carmichael and James Rubin traces the global decline of trust in business at the same time that the public’s expectations for its role in society are rising. The authors provide a strategic roadmap for businesses to navigate the new era, rebuild trust, and find their voice. Rubin and Carmichael offer case studies of reputations lost and found, suggesting fundamental strategies to mitigate risk and build the corporate brand. Reset is an essential guide to navigating the pitfalls and taking advantage of the opportunities of the new era.

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Barie Carmichael

Barie Carmichael is the co-author of Reset with James Rubin, who passed away in 2016.Barie Carmichael is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and a senior counselor at the global communications consultancy APCO Worldwide. She has more than... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030


When You Gotta Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs
Why are public restrooms so crappy? Lezlie Lowe has the answers. Her book No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs is Number One in addressing the politics of where we’re allowed to “go” in public. From pay to use toilets to deserted alleyways, the book is a marriage of urbanism, history, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways—momentous and mockable—public bathrooms just don't work. 

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Lezlie Lowe

Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her long-form journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030


Hard to Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up
Kelli María Korducki discusses her book, Hard to Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up, which examines the relatively short history of romantic love, tracing how the myth of economic equality between men and women has transformed the ways women conceive of domestic partnership. With perceptive, reported insights on the ways marriage and divorce are legislated, the rituals of twentieth-century courtship, and contemporary practices for calling it off, Korducki reveals that, for all women, choosing to end a relationship is a radical action. Sponsored by Student Support and Advocacy Center.

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Kelli Maria Korducki

Kelli María Korducki is a journalist and cultural critic. Her byline has appeared frequently inthe Globe and Mail and National Post, as well as in the New Inquiry, NPR, the Walrus, Vice, and the Hairpin. She was nominated for a 2015 National Magazine Award for 'Tiny Triumphs... Read More →


You Eat What You Are
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are” ~ Brillat-Savarin. Food is more than just the combination of nutrients we ingest. Food creates interaction and introspection. Food is culture, and the study of this culture, or foodways, is a growing field which focuses on how we interact with each other through and around food. Folklorist Lucy M. Long, founder of the Center for Food and Culture and a prolific writer on foodways, will lead a discussion and cooking demonstrations as we explore how food defines us culturally, socially, and personally. Sponsored by Folklore Roundtable and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

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Lucy M. Long

Lucy M. Long directs the Ohio-based non-profit Center for Food and Culture (www.foodandculture.org) and is an adjunct assistant professor in American studies, ethnic studies, folklore, nutrition, and tourism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. With a PhD in Folklore and Folklife... Read More →