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Dialogue Keynote: On Dissent with Zainab Salbi


How do you voice dissent, and embrace the dissenting voices of others? Is it possible to do so without fracturing the social bonds that gird our increasingly interconnected—and interdependent—world? Humanitarian, author, media personality, and founder of Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi, offers thoughts on dissent and the power of a conversation in this keynote to the Dialogue 2021 season.

Zainab Salbi is the principal behind the Zainab Salbi Project with Huffington Post, and created #MeToo, Now What? with PBS. Most recently she launched Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi, an original series on Yahoo! News. Salbi's powerful interviews, and the story of her own personal journey as an Iraqi refugee in the United States, tell tales of overcoming miscommunication and cultural difference and are infused with humor as well as deep respect for the wide breadth of human perspectives and experience.

2021 Dialogue Series: Dissent

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The Dialogue Series is a museum-wide commitment to sustained inquiry about museum practice, access, and inclusion. Each annual series includes eminent speakers presenting innovative work happening across disciplines, panel discussions, and opportunities for open dialogue between local arts professionals and audiences.


Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, the Zell Family Foundation, and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Generous support is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, and Caryn and King Harris.