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Leadership Lecture Series

The Leadership Lecture Series provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers. Students are invited to discuss and engage in political, cultural diversity, and economic issues as well as popular trends and topics that shape and affect their communities. The views expressed by our visiting artists, guests, or lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of UNCW. Recent guests include Ibram X. Kendi, Tarana Burke, and Nyle DiMarco! Want to see our full history of past speakers? Check out our retrospective here

Campus Life presents the Leadership Lecture Series featuring Dawn Porter on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the UNCW Burney Center.

Dawn Porter, Documentary and Film Maker

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 7:00 P.M. | Burney Center Ballroom This event is open to all UNCW students, faculty, staff and Wilmington community members. 

Co-Sponsored by UNCW Athletics, University College, Teagle Steering Committee, OCEAL Equity Institute, Department of Sociology & Criminology, Honors College, College of Health & Human Services, and Department of Environmental Science. 

About the Speaker  

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others.  She is currently directing and executive producing an Apple TV multi-part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being. 

The Topic: Massacres in the US - The parallels between the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and the Tulsa Massacre

Over the past few years, events across the United States have turned the public eye towards the presence and detrimental effects of racism within our society. As we begin to dig deeper into such a complex issue, we see tracks of racially driven massacres all throughout our nation's timeline. One instance being The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, whose events parallel those of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Dawn Porter's documentary “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” examines the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre and its part in the bigger picture of racism's legacy in our country. Given what she has gathered from her own research, Porter dissects the aspects of the massacre that took place right in our hometown and those of the Tulsa Massacre. How did both come about? What overlaps are there? What can we do to prevent another massacre like these from happening again? 

Learn more about Dawn Porter.