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2020 Featured Speaker Series

We are excited to announce these featured speakers for the 2020 General Assembly in Providence. The Featured Speaker Series is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Beacon Press.

Roxanne Dunar Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Ethic Studies at California State University. She is author or editor of 15 books, including ​the award-winning and 2019-2020 UU Common Read selection An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Her most recent book is Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. Forthcoming in 2021 from Beacon Press is Not “A Nation of Immigrants:” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker(Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Dina’s research focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans(2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock,was released in 2019.

Jean Mendoza & Natalie Martinez

Jean Mendoza & Natalie Martinez

Jean Mendoza & Natalie Martinez

Jean Mendoza, Ph.D., M.Ed is co-adaptor of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People.

Natalie Martinez, Ph.D., K’awaika-meh (Laguna Pueblo), is the author of the educator’s guide for An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People.

They will reflect critically on stories European Americans tell about Indigenous Peoples and the impact of those stories on readers and listeners.

Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN and is a correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He has won several awards for his writing, and has been twice-nominated for the National Magazine Award for commentary. His books include Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field and The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Transqueer Activist, Latinx Scholar, and Public Theologian, Robyn was named one of 10 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress. In Activist Theology author Robyn bridges the gap between academia and activism for the sake of political liberation and social change for marginalized communities. Dr. Robyn travels the country doing activist theology and continues to write for both the academy and the public square.

Rosemary Bray McNatt & Elías Ortega

Rosemary Bray McNatt & Elías Ortega

Rosemary Bray McNatt & Elías Ortega

Amid the many challenges facing progressive faith in the 21st century, what role will our seminaries play? Rosemary Bray McNatt , president of Starr King School for the Ministry and Elías Ortega, president of Meadville Lombard Theological School will reflect on their unique roles not only in preparing religious leaders, but in shaping Unitarian Universalist thought and practice.

John Buehrens

John Buehrens

John Buehrens

John A. Buehrens was the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001. His latest book, Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice, provides one of the most extensive portraits of the Transcendentalists to date and helps explain why they continue to fascinate and inspire us.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

From Beacon Press

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

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All the Real Indians Died Off And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker

From Beacon Press

Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans...

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As Long as Grass Grows The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock

By Dina Gilio-Whitaker

From Beacon Press

The story of Native peoples’ resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

From Beacon Press

Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism

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The Heritage Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism

By Howard Bryant

From Beacon Press

Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson and others, today's Black athletes re-engage with social issues and the meaning of American patriotism

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Full Dissidence Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

By Howard Bryant

From Beacon Press

A bold and impassioned meditation on injustice in our country that punctures the illusion of a postracial America and reveals it as a place where authoritarianism looms large

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Activist Theology

Essential reading for all those who want to see theology and ethics break new ground in the work of justice, hope, and liberation for all

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Conflagration How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice

By John A. Buehrens

From Beacon Press

A dramatic retelling of the story of the Transcendentalists, revealing them not as isolated authors but as a community of social activists who shaped progressive American values

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