The Opportunity Agenda hosts a variety of in-person and online events that are open to the public. These events include webinars and in-person trainings on our tools, research, and advice, Twitter chats focused on current events, and panels that bring together leading voices to chart a path forward on difficult issues. Through our public programs, we shape public discourse on key issues, as well as strengthen the capacity of social justice advocates to forward their vision and values.

Past events include

October 23, 2019

The Power of Story in a Fractured Society: Entertainment, Media, and Social Change

The Power of Story in a Fractured Society: Entertainment, Media, and Social Change
As the entertainment industry struggles to more accurately represent diverse communities on and off the screen, we must also grapple with the role that movies and television have had in shaping beliefs and attitudes. In October 2019, The Opportunity Agenda, in partnership with the Norman Lear Center, held a discussion at USC Annenberg on the role of entertainment and media in shaping attitudes and promoting social change. The panel featured our former director of research Lucy Odigie-Turley, actor Kendrick Samson, comedian Jenny Yang, and Norman Lear Center’s managing director Johanna Blakley. Writer and journalist Eva Recinos moderated.

July 29, 2019

Creative Change 2019

The Opportunity Agenda held its ninth Creative Change retreat at Sundance in Utah from July 29 – August 2, 2019. The retreat brought together a dedicated and inspiring group of leading artists, entertainers, advocates, funders, and cultural strategists whose work is at the junction of pop culture, narrative change, and intersectional movements. The theme for the 2019 retreat was Dream Beyond.

October and November 2019

American Son Netflix Screenings

With the help of Netflix, Kerry Washington’s gripping play, American Son, was brought to the big and small screen alike. The Opportunity Agenda took this as an opportunity to expand our partnership, and the conversation, hosting screenings and discussions of the film in four major US cities: New York, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta in 2019. This brought the conversation around racial justice, framed by toolkit, “Raising American Son, A Discussion Guide” to an even larger audience.

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