Education

Caryl Stern LaRosa

Bio: 

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time. She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices. Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union.

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities. She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award. She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force. Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle. She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Jen Chapin

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Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today." She has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien,” honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers. Her performances are powerful, spotlighting the world-class musicianship and rare chemistry of Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and “unflappable melodist” (New York Times) guitarist Jamie Fox. As an activist, educator and mother, Jen also brings the knowledge and insight of varied experience (student/traveler in Mexico and Zimbabwe, BA in International Relations, longtime Member, former Chair and present Secretary of the Board of WhyHunger- to her workshops and presentations to college, church and community groups. 

Jen’s latest recording, the EP Five Songs, will be available in Spring 2011.

Jen Chapin Discography:
ReVisions: Songs of Stevie Wonder (2009)    “sophisticated ..little short of miraculous” - The Sunday Times 
Light of Mine (2008)    “crossing multiple musical boundaries ..mesmerizing” -- Time Out London
Ready (2006) “supremely confident, slightly off-center, and instantly compelling." -- River City Reader
Linger (2004) “uncommon wit and sweetly supple singing” - Entertainment Weekly
Open Wide (2002) “cool ..spare funkiness” - Washington Post
 

Jen is especially committed to WHY's "Artists Against Hunger and Poverty" program, which works to forge relationships between musicians and WHY's network of innovative grassroots groups fighting hunger and poverty across the country. She also serves on the board of Secret Smiles, Inc., and on the advisory board of "KIDS Can Make a Difference."

Please see www.jenchapin.com for more information on Jen, and to read lyrics, performance schedules, and updates about recordings and other developments.

Carolivia Herron

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The 20th anniversary of NAPPY HAIR celebrates what started as a book celebrate a childs background and became the #1 banned book.  Today NAPPY HAIR and it's author CAROLIVIA HERRON open up eyes and heart with the unique tie in of poetry, culture and passion to unite all people through the written and spoken word.

 

She is a Black Jew and much of her writing stems from that heritage, she has also been named the “Grandmother of Hip Hop” as she was the first prof in the US to teach a course on hip hop - - - comparing it to ancient Greek epic.

The natural tie in groups would be, Jewish Student Organizations, Social Justice, Black Student Union, early education and english.  If there is a class on Hip Hop or a poetry club they too would be interested.

Here is some recent inf:

On December 15, 2016 she will be talking at the NYPL on “Banned in Brooklyn: The Journey of Nappy Hair from DC to NYC”
For education majors there is a natural tie in with education, diversity and a reading of the book to exemplify call and response and the creation of poetry for students.

Her first book, Thereafter Johnnie, has recently been identified as one of 100 novels that every Jew should read. Here is the link to the article.
http://bookriot.com/2016/07/15/100-must-read-works-of-jewish-fiction

Opera Ebony in NYC is working to produce her opera, “Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson" in February of 2017
(In the mid 20th century opera singer Marian Anderson, was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. At the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, she broke the barrier to perform at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939.)

Her novel “Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair" interconnects a fictionalized version of my life with the life of Asenath, wife of Joseph, son of Jacob in the Bible

Her latest book, “Peacesong DC"
  a) was specifically requested by the Pen/Faulkner Writers in School Program for placement in Washington, DC high schools
  b) is a 95% autobiographical account of growing up black and Jewish in Washington, DC
  c) is being considered for a Jewish Book Council Jewish book award. The Jewish Book Council has already asked her to be in a program  in Washington, DC in February

 

Carolivia Herron is the author of the much publicized children's story, Nappy Hair. A huge controversy occurred when a white teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was verbally accosted by members of the African American community for reading and sharing Ms. Herron's book with her class of African American and Hispanic children.
It was only after the media created a circus that the parents realized that Nappy Hair was a celebration of heritage. Nappy Hair, written in call and response style, enables young people to be active participants in living poetry.

Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and
publisher living in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of
Pennsylvania, and has held professorial appointments at Harvard
University, Mount Holyoke College, California State University, Chico,
and the College of William and Mary. Most recently she has been the
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Project Humanities at Arizona State
University.

Carolivia’s publications include the adult novel Thereafter Johnnie
(Random House, 1991), the critical edition, The Selected Works of
Angelina Weld Grimké (Oxford University Press, 1991), and the
children’s books, Nappy Hair (Knopf books for Young Children, 1997),
Little Georgia and the Apples (EpicCenter Stories, 2005), Always An
Olivia (Kar-Ben, 2007), and Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair
(Street to Street Epic Publications, 2014).

She has also written lyrics and librettos for the following  musical
works: Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson (music composed
by Bruce Adolphe; commissioned by the Washington National Opera and
the Washington Performing Arts Society); The Journey of Phillis
Wheatley  (music composed by Nkeiru Okoye, commissioned by Boston
Landmarks Orchestra); We are Free in choral composition, Reach out,
Raise Hope, Change Society (music composed by Bruce Adolphe,
commissioned by the University of Michigan School of Social Work), and
An Ocean Can Dry Into Silence (music composed by Ellen Harrison;
performed by University of Cincinnati Camarata).

Dr. Herron promotes and publishes the writings of Jews of African
descent and directs the educational program, EpicCenter Stories, a
non-profit that encourages the study of traditional epics and the
writing and publishing of contemporary epic. She also directs the
PAUSE writing program (Potomac Anacostia Ultimate Story Exchange), and
teaches courses in classical epic, Star Trek, and hip-hop. In fact,
she was the first professor in the United States to teach a university
course in hip-hop. (Harvard University, 1987).

Carolivia loves epic literature and the city of Washington, DC. Much
of this novel, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, derives its
impetus from her discovery of John Milton’s Paradise Lost in the
Carnegie Library of Washington, DC when she was eleven years old. The
second volume of this two volume publication, Asenath and Our Song of
Songs, will be published by 2017.

Carolivia Herron has won writing awards and commendations from from
Be’chol Lashon, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic, Marian Vanett
Ridgway Awards, the Patterson Poetry Center, the Elizabeth Stone
Memorial Award, and has received the Exceptional Women in the Arts
Award from Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

UNICEF

Bio: 

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, because we are able to tackle the real issues that effect why children are dying.

On the ground in 156 countries, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) helps children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

UNICEF provides emergency relief in Darfur, Peru, Afghanistan and many other countries. Globally, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, and good water and sanitation. UNICEF aims to ensure quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is the world’s leading advocate for children.

Speakers are available to visit your campus on a myriad of topics.

For more information on UNICEF in the United States, please visit www.unicefusa.org

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President Caryl M. Stern

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007.  Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time.  She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices.  Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).   

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.  She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987).  A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education.  She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives.  Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. 

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities.  She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award.  She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force.  Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation. 

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle.  She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine in December 2000 and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in June 2008.

Bruce George

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Bruce George is the  co-founder of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam As a  Peabody Award Winner he is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. He was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…

“Bruce George was a pleasure to meet and spend time with. His presence fostered an environment of intellectual enthusiasm and intrigue for social consciousness. His life story has shaped a character that is both humbled and focused. His accomplishments only make up a fraction of what he has contributed to to the art of word for 30+ years. To have transcended from the inner city boroughs of New York, New York...his heart and soul will always be empathetic to the struggle suffered by the oppressed masses of The American Ghetto. With that said, we appreciated his dynamic presence, authenticity and unwavering support!” - Wesley College, Office of Student Life

 His newest publication:
Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies
is a literary first that focuses on how urban working class people enhance their earning power despite often being underemployed. How do lower paid workers make ends meet? How do the unemployed survive once they've used up their unemployment benefits? What happens to them once they disappear from official statistics? What tactics have they developed? Is there another economic system at work that is totally outside of mainstream standards? What does the underclass do to feed the family within a hostile environment? Are the strategies they devise parts of yet another working standard?

To what extent is there an underground economy that is not exactly illegal, yet for which there is no yardstick by which to measure its effectiveness? Given the current economic downturns and consistent losses of jobs, are the strategies and options that have long ago developed among the working poor still viable? What are they? Are they legal, extralegal or illegal? What common threads hold the underclass together? Do they bear their own ethics? How applicable are they?

The answers to these questions serve as the parameters for Street Smarts. The target audience includes the hundreds of thousands who, like never before, are faced with new challenges – unemployment, loss of homes, debts, etc., with homelessness and public shelters their potential options.

Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: "The People Power Network" a grassroots platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork.ning.com/

Bruce has joint-ventured with Harold Whaley who's the COO of Mongram Virtua and Terry Cyrus of OutSpoken Media as Virtual Consultants within "Second Life" www.secondlife.com  which is an entire virtual world.

2007 Bruce is one of the founders of an anti-violence/poverty initiative entitled "The American Experiment Peace Project"
www.myspace.com/theamericanexperiment

2007 - Bruce is the Executive Consultant of Gumbo For The Soul Publications. www.gumboforthesoul.com 

2007- Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the "International Hip-Hop Speakers Bureau."

2006- Bruce is on the Host Committee of Kevin Powell’s 6th Annual Holiday Party Clothing Drive to benefit the homeless at “The Safe Horizon Street Work Project.”

2006- Bruce is the Executive Consultant for Audible, Inc. creating/providing "Top Tier" Podcasting-i-Tune & i-Pod content of celebrities (Spoken Word Artists, rappers, authors, comedians, singers etc. 

Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance. 

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency) featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets, Malik Yoba, Dawn Robinson etc.

Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.”  He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle, A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-production.  The film features critically acclaimed writers, poets & spoken word artists.

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle.

Bruce has served on numerous panels (Hampton, Harvard, The New School, Fordham University, Medgar Evers, Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture etc…) and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions.

Bruce is a graduate of Niagara University in which he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology.

Matt Weinstein

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Matt Weinstein, CPAE, is the founding president of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that presents innovative team building programs for more than 400 clients each year. His PBS television special "Fun Works!" brought Matt national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building. Matt's dynamic keynote presentations come with an astounding money-back guarantee: if Matt does not get a standing ovation at the end of his program, you do not have to pay his fee!

Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt's long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!

Matt Weinstein is the nation's foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Drawing on his own experience as a company president and twenty years of research by the Playfair organization, his presentations are rich in content and alive with humor. Matt believes that team building is not just a concept – team building is an experience. So all of Matt's keynote presentations include dynamic audience interactions as an integral part of the lecture program.

If you're looking for something more than a lecture – if you're looking for a high-energy, audience-involvement keynote presentation that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause – then you're looking for Matt Weinstein.

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