Steve Perry and Wagner College alumna and honoree Nadia Lopez ’98 H’16 will jointly deliver the 2018 Black Scholars Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Spiro 2. The conversation will be moderated by Provost Lily McNair.
A reception and book signing will immediately follow the talk in the Union Gallery and Atrium.
The community is invited, and the program is free.
STEVE PERRY is the educator Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups — from the Urban League, to A.L.E.C., to President Donald Trump — have reached out to Perry to better understand what matters to parents.
Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as on the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows.
His courage and piercing insights provide a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public discourse. Too often race, class, gender and political affiliations mute others’ voices. Steve Perry fearlessly speaks from the heart, which births unpredictability.
NADIA LOPEZ is an educator pioneering a path of inspired leadership to show the world how underprivileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions that have a global impact.
As the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a New York City public school, Nadia became internationally known after the popular blog, Humans of New York, featured one of her students. This student told HONY blogger Brandon Stanton H’16 that the greatest influence on his life was his principal. Nadia’s story became a viral sensation as millions of people around the world were impressed with the positive learning environment, high expectations and growing success rate at a school right in the middle of one of the most underserved communities in America.
The annual Black Scholars Lecture series is sponsored, in part, by Wagner College’s Office of the Provost, Division of Campus Life, Center for Intercultural Advancement and Office of Co-Curricular Programs.