Keith Boykin
Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Keith teaches politics at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith is a New York Times bestselling author of four books and a Lambda Literary Award winner.
Born in St. Louis, he has lived in 12 cities and visited 48 of the 50 United States. Keith has traveled the world, and is currently writing a book about his travels to Cuba. 
He lives in New York City.

C. Daniel Dawson
Has lectured at the House of World Cultures-Berlin, the Kit Tropenmuseum-Amsterdam, the University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Federal University of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro-Brazil. Professor Dawson has also taught seminars on African Spirituality in the Americas at the University of Iowa, NYU, and Yale University. He has a research focus on the African diaspora and its Culture. In addition, Dawson has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, arts administrator, and consultant. He served as curator of photography, film and video at the Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), director of special projects at the Caribbean Cultural Center (NYC), and curatorial consultant and director of education at the Museum for African Art (NYC). As a photographer, he has shown his work in more than 30 exhibitions. He has also curated more than 40 exhibitions, including Harlem Heyday: The Photographs of James Van Der Zee and The Sound I Saw: The Jazz Photographs of Roy DeCarava. Dawson has been Associated with many prize-winning films, including Head and Heart by James Mannas and Capoeiras of Brazil by Warrington Hudlin.

Christine A. Pinnock
Dr. Pinnock is a writer, cultural anthropologist and garden photographer recently earned her doctorate in Anthropology from The Graduate Center (CUNY).  Her broader research interests involve immigration, sexuality, diasporic/transnational communities, Caribbean literature, and gendered labor.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University (SUNY) in History and Africana Studies (Honors) and is a proud alumnus of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) where she earned her Masters of Arts studying C.L.R. James’ and George Padmore’s influence on Kwame Nkrumah.   With more than a decade of teaching experience in the CUNY and SUNY systems Dr. Pinnock provides students with a dynamic interdisciplinary classroom experience drawn from her extensive knowledge of the African diaspora.

Currently Dr. Pinnock is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at IRAAS teaching, Gender, Sexuality and Labor in the Contemporary Caribbean and is also the consultant for IRAAS’ Thesis Writing Workshop.  She is working on her manuscript, A Means to an End: Narratives of Diasporic Blackness, Class and Survival among Female Afro-Caribbean Service Workers in New York City, along with other writing projects.  Dr. Pinnock is the owner of Building Future Legacies for Young Scholars, a college preparedness consulting firm, and is deeply committed to helping college-bound, undergraduate and graduate scholars effectively navigate and succeed in higher education.   She can be contacted at or