Piper Kerman, Bill Keller to Speak at Big Change Baltimore, Oct. 27

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Following the success of Big Change Baltimore 2013, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore is reconvening business, philanthropic and political leaders to discuss how to improve the city at Big Change 2014 on October 27 from 3:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street. Speakers this year include Piper Kerman, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and several other extraordinary thinkers, researchers and visionaries. Guests will learn about progress in Baltimore’s communities, share stimulating conversation and ideas, search for answers to stubborn city problems and help chart the course for a promising future for all who live and work in Baltimore.

Presenting along with Kerman and Keller will be Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Wrecked the Middle Class, and Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of UMBC and chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Tickets to the event are $95 for general admission and $65 for non-profit/educational admission.  To register, visit bigchangebaltimore.org.

OSI-Baltimore has operated in Baltimore since 1998 as the sole field office of the Open Society Foundation’s U.S. Programs. Since then, OSI-Baltimore has developed a strong presence in the city, with a renowned community fellowships program and a board of directors made up of some of the city’s most influential leaders.

More about the evening’s speakers and presenters:

  • unnamed-4Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, which inspired the award-winning original series for Netflix. She currently works with Spitfire Strategies as a communications consultant and is rapidly becoming a sought-after expert and thought-leader on the problems with the criminal justice system, and women’s prisons in particular. Piper serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association and she has been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners.



  • unnamed-6Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Wrecked the Middle Class. He is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the policy analysis and advocacy group, Demos. To hear him talk about the book, see his conversation with Bill Moyers:




  • unnamed-5Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times from 2003 to 2011; and was an op-ed columnist from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2011 to 2014. He left the Times to become editor-in-chief of a nonprofit journalism venture called “The Marshall Project,” which will focus on the American criminal justice system. The goal is to help make criminal justice reform an important part of the national debate by the 2016 presidential campaign. http://www.npr.org/2014/02/11/275087516/-new-york-times-veteran-bill-keller-to-join-marshall-project



  • unnamed-7Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of UMBC and chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He is one of the nation’s most prominent educators.





The evening also will include David Miller, a 1999 OSI Community Fellow, co-founder of the Urban Leadership Institute and the author of numerous publications; and actor, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom, widely known for her roles in HBO’s The Wire and The Corner.



For more information, visit bigchangebaltimore.org.

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