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Digital Dystopias: Truth and Representation in the Internet Age
2019-20


The 2019-20 Jepson Leadership Forum examines the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges facing the next generation as it navigates an online world with global influence on politics, economics, and society. Experts in the fields of technology, journalism, politics, and education will share their thoughts on how an increasingly powerful digital space affects both leadership and followership.

Sept. 17, 2019
Katie Hafner, Journalist, frequent contributor to The New York Times, and author
The Origins of the Internet
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Oct. 7, 2019
Derek Thompson, Staff writer at The Atlantic, founder and host of the podcast "Crazy/Genius," and news analyst at National Public Radio
Economics and Influence in Digital Spaces
Take 5 video

Nov. 19, 2019
Yasha Levine, Russian-American investigative journalist and author
The Internet as a Weapon
Presentation video. Take 5 video.

Feb. 13, 2020
Virginia Eubanks, Associate professor of political science at the University at Albany - State University of New York
Algorithms, Austerity, and Inequality
Presentation video. Take 5 video

March 25, 2020
André Brock, Associate professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Racial Representation in Technoculture
*This presentation was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

Does Democracy Work?
2018-19


Does Democracy Work? Or are we setting ourselves up for failure? The 2018-19 Jepson Leadership Forum hosts politicians, political advisors, and experts on poverty, elections, and technology for a case study of American democracy. We'll explore the good, bad, and ugly of U.S. politics and government as we ask the question "Does democracy actually work?" 

Oct. 25, 2018
Peter Edelman, Professor of Constitutional Law and Poverty Law at Georgetown University
How Democracy is Failing America's Poor
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Nov. 28, 2018
Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond
The Reality of Voter Disenfranchisement
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Dec. 4, 2018
Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy
Presentation video. Take 5 video.

Jan. 22, 2019
Zeynep Tufekci, Contributing Opinion Writer to The New York Times and UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor
Democracy in the Age of Twitter, Facebook & YouTube
Take 5 video

March 5, 2019
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University
Democracy for Realists 
Presentation video. Take 5 video

April 10, 2020
Melody Barnes, Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Principal and Co-Founder of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy and impact development firm
Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
Presentation video. Take 5 video

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

Vision and Division
2017-18


Since 1992, the Univeristy of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies has explored how visionary leaders bring people together and drive change. The 25th anniversary Jepson Leadership Forum invites you to explore your own vision. Join us as we confront some of the most critical and divisive issues facing our world today -- from wealth and social inequality to terrorism -- and learn to analyze your information, express your opinions, and even change your mind. 

Sept. 18, 2017
Roland G. Fryer Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and Faculty Director, EDLabs at Harvard University
Using Economics to Solve Racial Inequality
Take 5 video.  

Oct. 19, 2018
Rukmini Callimachi, Award-winning foreigh correspondent for The New York Times
Talking to Terrorists
Presentation video

Nov. 16, 2017
Dennis Whittle, Co-founder of Feedback Labs and GlobalGiving, the world's first crodfunding and crowdsourcing website
Listening as Leadership
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Jan. 29, 2018
Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University professor and adviser to world leaders
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Take 5 video

Feb. 21, 2018
Jessica Valenti, Bestselling author and Guardian US columnist
Why Feminism (Still) Matters
Take 5 video.

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (In)Justice
2016-17



The 2016-17 Jepson Leadership Forum traces America's long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Journey with us as we return to the setbacks and advances, successes and failures that shaped modern America.

Sept. 15, 2016
Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University historian and law professor whose research, among other things, explores the life of America's third president
Thomas Jefferson's Intellectual and Ethical Understanding of Slavery
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Oct. 19, 2016
Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland with an expertise in southern and African-American history
Slavery in North America Across Time and Place
Presentation video. Take 5 video

Nov. 15, 2016
Eric Foner, Columbia University professor regarded as the leading authority on the Reconstruction Era in the United States
Reconstruction
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Jan. 24, 2017
Isabel Wilkerson, Journalist and bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Story of the Great Migration
Take 5 video

Feb. 15, 2017
Jamelle Bouie, Chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political analyst
Twentieth Century Racial Discrimination and its Long-term Implications 
Take 5 video

March 21, 2017
Thomas F. Jackson, Historian at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and American Civil Rights Movement scholar
Embattled Leader, Contested Icon
Presentation video. Take 5 video

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

The Fix: Health, Science, and the Future
2015-16



The 2015-16 Jepson Leadership Forum takes on the big questions about human health and well-being: the challenges of global health and poverty, genetics and individual decision making, and the media's role in public health. We invite you to imagine what's possible and learn how to think more sharply, live more fully, and do more good. 

Sept. 22, 2015
Maria Konnikova, Psychologist, bestselling author, and contributing writer for The New Yorker online
How to Make Smarter Choices
A conversation with Maria Konnikova. 

Oct. 29, 2015
Daniel Lieberman, Paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, whose research focuses on the look and function of the human body
Is Exercise the Best Medicine?
Presentation video. A conversation with Daniel Lieberman. 

Nov. 12, 2015
Peter Singer, Princeton University professor who has been called the world's most influential living philosopher
How To Do the Most Good
Presentation video. A conversation with Peter Singer. 

Jan. 28, 2016
James Hamblin, Writer and senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk
Scientific Storytelling: Deconstructing the Media's Critical Role in Public Health
A conversation with James Hamblin. 

Feb. 24, 2017
Nina Munk, Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
The Perils of Good Intentions

April 7, 2017
Wendy Chung, Clinical and molecular geneticist at Columbia University who studies genetic forms of autism
Is the Future of Medicine in our DNA? 
Presentation video. A conversation with Wendy Chung. 

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

 

Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict
2014-15

Humans are capable of living together harmoniously, but inevitably comfortable collaborations give way to conflict when we find the actions or ideas of others unacceptable. The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum goes into the fray and examines conflict across contexts, seeking fresh perspectives on the fights, battles, disputes, confrontations, and arguments that arise between warring nations, among factions within society and organizations, and between those seeking positive social change—even within ourselves. 

Sept. 30, 2014
Robert Thurman, Buddist scholar
Conflict Between and Within: A Buddhist Perspective
A conversation with Robert Thurman.

Oct. 21, 2014
Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert (USMC)
Guantánamo: When Command and the Constitution Collide
Presentation video. A conversation with Maj. Gen. Lehnert.

Nov. 13, 2014
Robert J. Norrell, Award-winning historian
Souls of Black Leaders: The Rival Strategies of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
Presentation video. A conversation with Robert J. Norrell

Jan. 26, 2015
Polly Wiessner, Anthropologist
Adapting to a Changing World
Presentation video. A conversation with Polly Wiessner.

March 18, 2015
Dar Williams, Singer-songwriter
Music Movements in Capitalistic Democracy
Presentation video. A conversation with Dar Williams. 

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

 

Culture Shock: The ART of Leading Society
2013-14

Leadership isn't confined to the political realm or the executive suite. Sometimes is happens in a recording studio, on stage, or behind the lens of a camera. The 2013-14 Jepson Leadership Forum explores how we influence culture and how culture influences us. It introduces audiences to visionary artists—leaders in their own right—and distinguished scholars who understand the power of culture to make us question our perceptions, shape society, and ultimately lead us in new directions. Even shock us. 

Sept. 30, 2014
Robert Thurman, Buddist scholar
Conflict Between and Within: A Buddhist Perspective
A conversation with Robert Thurman.

Oct. 21, 2014
Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert (USMC)
Guantánamo: When Command and the Constitution Collide
Presentation video. A conversation with Maj. Gen. Lehnert.

Nov. 13, 2014
Robert J. Norrell, Award-winning historian
Souls of Black Leaders: The Rival Strategies of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
Presentation video. A conversation with Robert J. Norrell

Jan. 26, 2015
Polly Wiessner, Anthropologist
Adapting to a Changing World
Presentation video. A conversation with Polly Wiessner.

March 18, 2015
Dar Williams, Singer-songwriter
Music Movements in Capitalistic Democracy
Presentation video. A conversation with Dar Williams. 

*With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

 

Questions?

For more information about the the Jepson Leadership Forum contact:

Shannon Best
Associate Director, External Relations & Special Events
Email: sbest@richmond.edu
Phone: (804) 287-6522