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On November 1, Mary will be at Women and Children First in Andersonville in conversation with award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk. More about Pamela and her new book Diversity, Inc. below!

In Diversity, Inc., award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk shines a bright light on the diversity industry, asking the tough questions about what has been effective–and why progress has been so slow. Newkirk highlights the rare success stories, sharing valuable lessons about how other industries can match those gains. But as she argues, despite decades of handwringing, costly initiatives, and uncomfortable conversations, organizations have, apart from a few exceptions, fallen far short of their goals.

Diversity, Inc. incisively shows the vast gap between the rhetoric of inclusivity and real achievements. If we are to deliver on the promise of true equality, we need to abandon ineffective, costly measures and commit ourselves to combatting enduring racial attitudes.

Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist and a professor of journalism at New York University who has written extensively about diversity in the news media and art world. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, which won the NAACP Image Award, and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the National Press Club Award for media criticism. She was also the editor of Letters from Black America. Newkirk’s articles and reviews are regularly published in major media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.


Event Details

Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.

Cost: Free

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