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Alan Jenkins of the Opportunity Agenda to Speak April 1

Alan Jenkins, executive director and co-founder of The Opportunity Agenda, continues Warren Wilson College’s “Academia and Activism” speaker series April 1, leading up to the April 27 inauguration of President Steven L. Solnick. Jenkins will speak at 7 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall.

The Opportunity Agenda is a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Jenkins was human rights director at the Ford Foundation, managing more than $50 million annually in grant making in the United States and 11 overseas regions.

Previously, Jenkins served as assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the federal government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before that, he was associate counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination.

Nithya Raman, director of Transparent Chennai at the Centre for Development Finance in Chennai, India, will conclude the inauguration speaker series April 15, also at 7 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. Catharine Stimpson, University Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, launched the series with a talk Feb. 25. The three speakers are addressing social justice issues from different perspectives.

The campus inauguration ceremony for Solnick, Warren Wilson’s seventh president, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27.


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