Making Contact

Making Contact – Beats, Rhymes and Laughs: Culture as a Tool for Racial Justice

Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. On this edition, we hear excerpts from a panel on racial justice, culture and politics featuring some of today’s most insightful and outspoken artists. “Culture Trumps Politics: or Does It?” took place at the Facing Race conference in November 2012 and was moderated by Applied Research Center’s Rinku Sen. On the panel are Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, comedian Negin Farsad, recently named one of the 50 funniest women by the Huffington Post; Lolis Eric Elie, a documentary filmmaker and writer for the HBO show Treme; and Jeff Chang, award-winning author of *Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation.

Special thanks to Applied Research Center, Colorlines and the Facing Race Conference 2012


Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center executive director; Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American founder; Negin Farsad, Comedian; Jeff Chang, Writer; Lolis Eric Elie, writer and documentary filmmaker.

For More Information:

Applied Research Center

Facing Race Conference 2012


Jeff Chang

Define American

Jose Antonio Vargas

Negin Farsad

Lolis Eric Elie

Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University

Cultural Equity Dialogues


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