Speaking of Race: Celeste Headlee + Mark Whitaker

Speaking of Race: Celeste Headlee + Mark Whitaker

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Presented in partnership with Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

A self-described “light-skinned Black Jew,” award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee has been forced to speak about race—including having to defend or define her own—since childhood. Join the author in conversation with journalist Mark Whitaker about her new book Speaking of Race: Why Everyone Needs to Talk about Racism—and How to Do It. This urgently needed guide draws on the latest research on bias, communication, and neuroscience and offers practical advice on how to have productive conversations that draw us closer together. The first 80 people to sign up will receive a copy of Speaking of Race.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker, and author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter, and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. An expert in conversation, human nature, reclaiming common humanity, and finding well-being, Celeste frequently provides insight on what is good for all humans and what is bad for us, focusing the best research in neuro and social science to increase understanding of how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities, and homes. She is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media and a highly sought consultant, advising companies around the world on conversations about race, diversity, and inclusion. Her TEDx Talk sharing 10 ways to have a better conversation has over 26 million total views, and she serves as an advisory board member for ProCon.org and The Listen First Project. Celeste is recipient of the 2019 Media Changemaker Award. 

Mark Whitaker is the former editor of Newsweek, Washington bureau chief of NBC News, and managing editor of CNN. He is also a critically-acclaimed author whose latest book, Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Renaissance, is about the remarkable influence of Black Pittsburgh on mid-20th century America. Mark and his wife Alexis Gelber have been part of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom community for more than 30 years.

Cosponsored by the Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas, The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility.

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