Our past conferences
October 27, 2008: Bridging Universities
The 2008 conference was a collaboration between KLI and UW-Superior, featuring Tim Wise, author of
White Like Me. Click to view the evening's events.
October 28, 2009: Post-Race America
The second annual student leadership conference, "Post-Race America: Racism in the Age of Obama,"
included a keynote presentation by d'amali ayo, author of the award-winning How to Rent a Negro.
February 26, 2011: Be the Change
The first full-day leadership conference included a keynote presentation by motivational speaker Ryan Penneau
and a spoken word multimedia presentation by Climbing PoeTree. A lunch panel of young Duluth professionals and three workshop sessions
were also presented. Click to view the full agenda.
March 1, 2012: Social Justice Boot Camp
Ryan Penneau returned with colleague Jen Schanen to help students develop a plan to create positive change. Click to view the agenda.
March 6, 2013: Cultivating Compassion
In a collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and other campus organizations, KLI welcomed Dr. Anita Nowak,
an expert on the development of empathy, as the keynote speaker. Ann Harrington, a consultant on nonviolent
communication strategies, presented a series of focused workshops on empathetic conflict resolution.
Participants also learned in small group presentations throughout the day.
View the conference site here!
February 13, 2014: Navigating the New World
Eric Stoller, a nationally recognized expert on digital identity, was the keynote speaker for a conference focused on the world of social media. Presenters from the campus and the greater community spoke on various topics related to our ever-changing media environment.
February 26, 2015: Creating Inclusion, One Story at a Time
Michael Reyes, a poet, playwright, speaker, and educator,is most notably known for his ability to combine history,
current events, and performance into a fusion of education and entertainment.
In January 2009, while working as a journalist, Roxana Saberi was arrested by the Iranian government on charges
of espionage and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. However, in May of that same year, an Iranian court
overturned her sentence and she was freed. She wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran and
has since spoken around the world about her experiences and the issue of human rights. She has received
numerous honors including the Medill Medal of Courage, the NCAA Award of Valor, and the Champion of Change
Award. Saberi was raised in Fargo, North Dakota. She holds two master’s degrees, one in journalism from
Northwestern University and another in international relations from the University of Cambridge. She is currently
working on her second book about Iran.