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Academic Papers, Lectures, Speeches


African American Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: Developing A Venture Model. Presented at ARNOVA (Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action), December 4-6, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1997


Social Entrepreneurism. Presented at ARNOVA for a panel conducted by The Union Institute, November 5-7, Seattle, Washington, 1998


The Obsidian Society: A Case Study in Cause Branding. Presented at the SRB Conference (Students for Responsible Business) Yale University, November 7-9, 1998


Media and Non-Profit Organizations: Global Strategies. Salzburg Seminar. Salzburg, Austria. February 4, 1999. Presented as a Salzburg Fellow.


Topics in Modern Philanthropy: Social Entrepreneurship. NSFRE Conference (National Society of Fundraising Executives) Miami, Florida, April 1999.


Moving the Agenda Forward: Connecting Black Philanthropy Strategies with Targeted Outcomes. Second National Conference on Black Philanthropy, Oakland, California, May 1999.


Postmodern Moments in the Present Tense: Moving Beyond African Subjectivities. SORAC Conference (Society of Research on African Cultures): Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of African History and Culture, November 7-9, 2002, Montclair State University.


The Aesthetics of Learning Environments: A Comparative Assessment of School Geographies Across Time and Space. CIES Conference (Comparative and International Education Society), New Orleans, March 12-16, 2003.


The Protean Scene: Multiple Perspectives on Teaching with “Amadeus.” Conference: Cultural Studies Matters. Teachers College, Columbia University, April 2005.


Entrepreneurship in Art: EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Conference. Berlin, Germany, July 2005.


Technology and Education in Action: Four Examples and a Few Surprises. Keynote Address: TEL@York 2006 Conference. York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Spectacle, Education & Popular Culture: Towards a Method of Performative Pedagogy. 2006 CIES Annual Conference (Comparative and International Education Society), Honolulu, Hawaii, March 12-18.


Spectacle & Education: A Primer. Mazur Research Group, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Spring 2006.


New Methods of Teaching. STLHE Conference on Knowledge and its Communities (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Canada), Toronto, Ontario, June 14-17, 2006.


Education & Architecture: Space as a Variable in Teaching & Learning. AIA (American Institute of Architects) Symposium: A New Architecture for a New Education. February 2007.


Geographies of Spectacle and Education: Teachers at Play in the Liquid Now. Lunchtime Speakers Series, Department of Education, Brock University. December 2019




Public Interview Series 


The Obsidian Society Dialogues at the Schomburg Center, New York Public Library


  • February 1996 – The Restoration of Hope, with Cornel West & Maya Angelou   

  • June 1996 – The Artist in Political Struggle, with Cornel West & Harry Belafonte

  • October 1996 – Jazz and the People, with Cornel West & Wynton Marsalis

  • November 1996 - Politics, Cities and the 21st Century, with Cornel West & Senator Bill Bradley

  • November 1997 – People, Politics & Persuasion, with Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez & Patricia Williams.


The Obsidian Society Dialogues, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University


  • January 1997 – The Spirit and the Faith, with Cornel West, James Melvin Washington & James A. Forbes.


Citizen: The Campus Talk Show, Columbia University


  • March 2004 – The Matrix of the Real, with Cornel West, Miller Theater, Columbia University.

  • November 2005 – Bodies in Motion: Images of Women in Film & Video, with Gloria Steinem, bell hooks & Hyun Kyung Chung, Miller Theater, Columbia University.

  • March 2005 – Sounds & Silences: Eddie Palmieri on Life and Music, with Eddie Palmieri, Miller Theater, Columbia University.

  • October 2005 – The Architecture of Frank Gehry, with Frank Gehry, Low Library, Columbia University.

  • October 2005 – Dance as an Expression of Social Consciousness, with Bill T. Jones, Miller Theater, Columbia University

  • November 2005 – The Haitian Dilemma, with Edwidge Danticat, Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University.


Citizen: The Campus Talk Show, City University of New York.


  • October 2005 – The Role of the Actor in Social Critique, with Roger Guenveur Smith, Aaron Davis Hall.


Boards of Directors


  • 2014 – 2016, Member of the Board, ModOne, Inc., St. Georges, Grenada, W.I.; Chairman of the Board, Display, Inc., New York, NY;  


  • 1995 – Present, Founder/Board Chair, The Obsidian Society, New York, N.Y.


  • 1999-2002, Founding Member, The Young Lions/Junior Philanthropy. New York Public Library, New York, NY.


  • 1998 – 2001, Advisory Board Member, Youth on the Board, Boston, MA.


  • 2008, Founding Board Member, Sustainable Nation Foundation, Grenada, West Indies.


  • 2020, Founding Board Member, Chairman, City-as-School Toronto, CaST School, Toronto, ON.


  • 2020, Founding Board Member, Chair, CaST Center for BioInformatics Research .

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