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The Speakers


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Dr. Eddie Glaude

Professor of African American History

Princeton University

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience.  His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face.  He is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  In his writings, the country’s complexities,  vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.”

He is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for the likes of The New York Times and Time Magazine.


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Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar

Professor of History


Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is Professor of History and the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Music. He is the author or editor of several books, including Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap (University Press of Kansas, 2007); and The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts and Letters, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). In 2018 he released Keywords for African American Studies (New York University Press), with co-editors Erica R. Edwards and Roderick A. Ferguson. Dr. Ogbar’s articles appear in the Journal of Religious Thought, Journal of Black Studies, Souls, Centro and Radical Society among other academic publications. He has been invited to write for the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” and The Daily Beast, among other publications. Raised in Los Angeles, California, Ogbar received his BA in history from Morehouse College and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in history from Indiana University.



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FEB 22


  • Welcome

  • Spoken Word (High School)


  • Couch Conversations


  • Spoken Word (College)


  • Q & A

  • Closing






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Spoken Word

The Opportunity Foundation is looking for both high school and UCONN students to participate in a Spoken Word competition in February. If you're a poet and looking to showcase your talent in front of a live audience, please sign-up. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three places for each of the two competition levels.

High School 

  • Must be enrolled in Fairfield County high school

  • Must have parental consent (if under the age of 18)

  • Winner must be available to perform on Saturday, February 22nd 2-4pm

  • Date of competition: Saturday, February 8th 10am - 12 noon

  • Location: UCONN Stamford



  • Must be a registered UCONN student

  • Winner must be available to perform on Saturday, February 22nd 2-4pm

  • Sign-up entries must be received before Saturday, February 1st.

  • Competition Date​

    • Saturday, February 8th 10 to 12 noon 

  • Location: UCONN Stamford



The Opportunity Foundation


The Opportunity Foundation's mission is to expand social action activities for minority youth throughout Fairfield County, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students.

Our vision is to be locally impactful in the lives of minority youth by providing scholarships and other financial support, to make the completion of education beyond high school a reality for those who dream to inspire.

Gregg A. DeMar - President

Dr. Carlton Barnswell - Vice President

Raiford Cockfield - Secretary

Ronald K. Woods - Treasurer

Randolph Kinder -Board Member

Vincent Murphy - Board Member

Charles Shepherd - Board Member

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Couch Conversations


Engage the community.

Think aloud.

Act on the mindshare.


Couch Conversations

Session I

Couch Conversations

Session II


February 22, 2020

Fall 2020


UCONN - Stamford Campus