2012 SHIFT Series
Diversity Focus invites you to attend its inaugural SHIFT Lecture Series in February. Preview the film The Black Fatherhood Project and explore this critical issue surrounding the African-American family. Join director, Jordan Thierry, and our partners as we discuss solutions for the Corridor community.

SHIFT Lecture Series events are free and open to the public, no registration required

First-time filmmaker Jordan Thierry offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, he traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much more complex and profound than is often told. Jordan Thierry is a Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. He directed and produced the short documentary Footprints in the Struggle: The Beatrice Cannady Story, as his senior project. This short documentary aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Jordan also has a Master’s degree in the Mass Communications and Media Studies program from Howard University. He is committed to seeking social change through rich dialogue and spirited action.
Click here to learn more about Jordan and his film.
Watch the trailer

Dates: February 15, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Cornell College

Hedges Conference Room- Thomas Commons
600 First Street SW, Mount Vernon, IA
Contact Ken Morris, Jr. at (319) 895-4484
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February 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
University of Iowa

Room #S401
108 Pappajohn Business Bldg, Iowa City, IA
Contact Motier Haskins at (641) 455-1749
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February 18, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
African American Museum of Iowa

Aldeen Davis Celebration Hall
55 12th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Contact Aaron Green at (319) 540-5848
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The SHIFT Speaker Series brings world-class speakers to the region to challenge everyone to “SHIFT” the way they think about diversity.
All SHIFT Luncheon Speaker Series events are from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, includes lunch, at $50 per attendee. Registration is required.


Speakers and Backgrounds

April 18, 2012
John Quiñones
Coralville Marriott

John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC's Primetime and has been with the network for nearly 25 years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for Primetime and 20/20. Quiñones' recent work includes a series of reports entitled What Would You Do? The reports test human nature through hidden camera scenarios. Quiñones is also author of the book Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices, chronicling the bravery of ordinary people who perform heroic acts of humanity.
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August 7, 2012
Geoffrey Canada
The Hotel Kirkwood

Geoffrey Canada is the President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, he has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk youth beat the odds. Radically ambitious and startlingly simple, Canada’s programs are on the cutting edge of preventing youth violence and fostering community development. Most recently, he can be seen in the groundbreaking documentary Waiting for Superman, directed by Dennis Guggenheim, which challenges the current American education system.
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September 13, 2012
Michael Soon Lee
The Hotel Kirkwood

Michael Soon Lee is a marketing guru who is the leading expert in selling to people from diverse cultures. He was a Marketing Director for the State of California, a professor of marketing at universities and a producer for the ABC Television Network, he currently is president of EthoConnect. Mr. Lee has written five books on selling to multicultural customers. Michael has spoken around the world on the subject of selling to multicultural customers for over 14 years.
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For more information or any questions, please call Diversity Focus at 319-363-3707

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