[Harlem Children's Zone] is one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.
The New York Times Magazine
[Henry Rollins] remains a mass of contradictions, a tattooed bodybuilder with the impeccable liberal politics of a New York Times leader writer. Yet his defining feature remains the restless mind that leads this driven soul into a succession of unlikely adventures around the globe that he then rehashes on stage at breakneck pace.
The Guardian (UK)
Find your voice and trust it - that’s the first step of empowerment. Find a place where you can build those bridges...Don’t limit yourselves to your ethnic background. We need commonality of experience, commonality of vision. One hand extended to one another will ultimately save this country.
Maria Hinojosa

Keynotes

Geoffrey Canada
Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform.  The HCZ Project today covers 100 blocks and aims to serve over 10,000 children. The New York Times Magazine said the Zone Project, "combines educational, social, and medical services. It starts at birth and follows children to college. It meshes those services into an interlocking web, and then it drops that web over an entire neighborhood... The objective is to create a safety net woven so tightly that children in the neighborhood just can't slip through."

The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR's "On Point," as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Most recently, Canada can be seen prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for "Superman."

Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he was able to succeed academically, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a master's in education from the Harvard School of Education. After graduating from Harvard, Canada decided to work to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods.

Henry Rollins
Thursday, April 11, 4:20 - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Purdue University, and the Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

There are many words that describe Henry Rollins but very few that define him. He’s been called singer-songwriter, punk icon, activist, spoken word artist, comedian, author, poet, publisher, photographer, actor, radio dj, television host, activist, nomad and raconteur.

Henry was born in Washington, DC in 1961. After joining the short-lived D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups until 2003 and during 2006.

Since Black Flag, Rollins has embarked on projects covering a variety of media. He has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony In My Head, and appeared in several television shows, such as Sons of Anarchy and his own self-titled The Henry Rollins Show on IFC. He has also had roles in several films including; Dogtown and Z-Boys and William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet. He has published fifteen books including his latest Occupants, which is a collection of his photography gathered from his travels around the world to locations as far flung as North Korea, South Africa, Cambodia and Saudi Arabia. Rollins has also campaigned for human rights in the United States, promoting gay rights in particular, and he tours overseas with the USO to entertain American troops.

Maria Hinojosa
Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad.  In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is the first Latina to anchor a Frontline report.  “Lost in Detention” about deportation and immigration detention aired in October 2011 and sparked public engagement and conversation from Capitol Hill to mainstream media to the Spanish language media.

As the anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a rotating anchor for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories---from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy award winning stories of the poor in Alabama.

Throughout her career she has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast. As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa told groundbreaking stories about youth and violence and immigrant communities. During her 8 years as a CNN correspondent, Hinojosa took viewers into communities that had never been shown on television.  Three times over the past decade, Hinojosa has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

Hinojosa’s investigative journalism presses the powerful for the truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in.  Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including 2 Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking Child Brides: Stolen Lives. In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent.  In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting.