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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021

AFP 2021: Believe. Inspire. Achieve. - Featured Presenters

The Anne Frank Project is excited to host the following featured presenters at AFP 2021: Believe. Inspire. Achieve., the 13th annual social justice festival at Buffalo State College. To register, please visit the AFP 2021 website.

In order of appearance:

Samantha Turner, PMP
Inclusive Leadership in Action - Presentation and Workshop
Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.
Campbell Student Union Social Hall

Samantha Turner is an appointee in the Biden-Harris administration as a senior adviser in the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). Ms. Turner is an inclusive leader, international speaker, expert facilitator, and change maker with expertise in gender equality, diversity equity and inclusion, national security, public and foreign policy, STEM, and organizational change management. She is a West Point and Stanford University graduate with more than 14 years of leadership experience, first leading soldiers and now leading at the executive level, fostering innovation within the U.S. government, NATO, allies, and partners all over the world. She excels in leading cross-cultural teams to accomplish goals using her technical, military, and business acumen to bridge the understanding gaps within those teams to drive innovative solutions from ideation to implementation.

Naila Ansari, Marquis Burton, Omni Prism, Edreys Wajed
?Contemporary Artifacts of Black Action - Performance Art
Thursday, October 14, 12:30 p.m. (performance); 5:00 p.m. (reception)
Czurles-Nelson Gallery, Upton Hall

We are tied into a chronological braid rooted to the past. A braid, a legacy, a culture that is woven through the hands of action and artifact. This performance is a happening bringing presence to the interplay of this phenomenon. Creating a contemporary conversation of Black experience, from spontaneous moments of dance, spoken word, music, and mark making, artists will create a dialogue that spawns a tangible object, lived in the present, and recorded for posterity as a visual artifact.

?Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., University of Michigan
Believe, Inspire, and Achieve through Project-Based Learning - Presentation
Friday, October 15, Noon - Remote Session (Zoom)

Nell K. Duke is a professor of literacy, language, and culture in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. She has served as co-principal investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, among other organizations. Dr. Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek. In 2014, she was awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association, and in 2018 she received the International Literacy Association's William S. Gray Citation of Merit for outstanding contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy. Among other roles, Dr. Duke serves as the informational text adviser for Molly of Denali.

AFP 2021 is free and open to the community. Please register online for all events. 

Please email Eve Everette, assistant director of AFP, with questions.

Submitted by: Eve C. Everette