Speaker Series

The Center offers an annual speaker series featuring leaders from academia and the public and private sectors on a range of topics relating to diversity and inclusion. Speakers for the 2021-22 academic year are:

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. [October 13, 2021] RSVP for the event.
  • Jennifer Richeson,Yale social psychologist and expert on political and psychological dynamics of increasing racial and ethnic diversity. [November 17, 2021]
  • Katy Milkman, Wharton professor and author of How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (2021). [February 15, 2022]
  • Nancy Leong, University of Denver law professor and author of Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality (2021). [April 5, 2022]


The Center is grateful for the support of our speaker series sponsors.  This year's sponsors are:

Speaker Series Sponsors for 2021

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Center’s speaker series, please contact David Glasgow at david.glasgow@nyu.edu

Past Speakers

Speakers for the 2016-17 academic year were:

Speakers for the 2017-18 academic year were:

  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita at UC Berkeley Sociology Department and author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (2016) [November 6, 2017]. Read about the event.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court [February 5, 2018]. Watch the video.
  • Chris Hayes, Emmy Award-winning host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and author of A Colony in a Nation (2017) [March 22, 2018]. Watch the video.
  • Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University and author (with Anthony Greenwald) of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2013) [April 12, 2018].

Speakers for the 2018-19 academic year were:

Speakers for 2019-20 academic year were:

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU School of Law [September 26, 2019]. Watch the video.
  • Katherine Phillips, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character at Columbia Business School, and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership & Ethics at Columbia Business School [October 29, 2019]. Watch the video.
  • Dolly Chugh, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business and author of The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias (2018) [February 20, 2020]. Watch the video.

Speakers for the 2020-21 academic year are: