The Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Forum Lecture Series brings in distinguished national and local speakers and leaders for engaging discussions around current topics and issues that impact Maricopa students and the greater community. The theme for 2016-2017 lecture series is: Democracy in Action.
All the Honors Forum lectures are free admission, general seating, and open to the public. The evening lectures are held on dates below from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium. The campus is located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.
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Writer, Humanitarian and President of BK Nation. Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin has gone on to be the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth. In 2018, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. Kevin's writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell.
Professor Ferguson-Bohnee is the Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, and Clinical Professor of Law, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and voting rights, and status clarification for tribes. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and has drafted amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court for tribal clients with respect to voting rights issues. Patricia serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona and has testified before Congress regarding Indian voting issues. She has also testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition.
Erika Andiola's personal struggle as an undocumented woman herself, with an undocumented family, has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights. She is a former honors student who enrolled at Arizona State University (ASU) with dreams of becoming a school counselor. Despite losing her scholarships, due to her undocumented status, Andiola graduated from ASU with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. Andiola still aspires to work as a school counselor one day – after helping to pass the DREAM Act. Ms. Andiola became involved with Promise Arizona, a grassroots civic engagement organization with a mission to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders from across the state and register Latinos to vote. Ms. Andiola was the co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. Erika has served on board of directors for the United We Dream Network. She was a former congressional staffer for Congresswoman Krysten Sinema, and serving as the national press secretary for Latino outreach for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.
Mr. Giuliano serves as the President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), which for forty years has been the forum for corporate leadership to collaborate with the government, education, and philanthropy sectors to create and sustain a safe, healthy, and prosperous community. Prior to returning to Arizona full-time with GPL, Giuliano was the CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world, from 2010-2015. Mr. Giuliano served as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards from 2005-2009. In addition, Neil Giuliano served as the youngest person ever elected mayor of Tempe, Arizona, from 1994-2004 and was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the United States.
For more information about the Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Forum Lecture Series, please contact Don Jensen-Bobadilla, Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (480) 731-8296.