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John McArthur

McArthur, John

Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Project

John serves concurrently as associate director at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where his… more

C. Payne Lucas

Lucas, C. Payne

Writer, Speaker and Activist

Lucas was co-founder and president of Africare from 1971 through mid-2002. He is a senior advisor to AllAfrica Global Media and the AllAfrica Foundation. During a 40-year career, including 10… more

David Rieff

Rieff, David

Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University

David is on the board of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute. He has written seven books, most recently At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams… more

William Easterly

Easterly, William

Professor of Economics at New York University, Joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute

William is also a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth and the effectiveness of… more

George Ayittey

Ayittey, George

Prominent Ghanaian Economist and President of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington, DC

George is the distinguished economist in residence at American University. He has written many articles and papers, and contributed chapters to many books. His most recent book was Africa Unchained:… more

Tim Wise

Wise, Tim

Writer and Educator

Tim has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media and law enforcement officials on methods of dismantling institutional racism and has served as a consultant to plaintiffs' attorneys in… more

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

Crenshaw, Kimberlé W.

Professor of Law at UCLA and at Columbia Law School

Writing in the areas of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law, Kimberlé's articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal,… more

Khin Mai Aung

Aung, Khin Mai

Staff Attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Aung works on educational equity and youth rights issues, including access to bilingual education and affirmative action. In fall 2006, she worked with some 15 Asian American education and youth… more

Joseph C. Phillips

Phillips, Joseph C.

Actor, Social Commentator and Syndicated Columnist

Joseph has written articles for many newspapers and magazines, and his syndicated column appears in papers across the country and online. He was a 2005 Lincoln Fellow through the Claremont… more

Terence J. Pell

Pell, Terence J.

President of The Center for Individual Rights (CIR)

Prior to joining CIR in 1997, Pell worked as an attorney with the firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn. From 1985 to 1988, he was a deputy assistant… more