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Oct. 10,  2011

CNN Dialogues Forum on Social Media to Feature Top Trendmakers Oct. 12

Musician Pete Wentz, Innovator Baratunde Thurston, Author Maggie Jackson, Pastor Shaun King and CNN's Don Lemon to Lead Dynamic Forum

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CNN Dialogues, the partnership for community discussion launched last month by CNN, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will host its second event, “Living in the Age of Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Surprising” at The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College. The event takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Tickets are free for college students with ID but RSVP’s are requested. Otherwise, tickets are $25 per person, and may be purchased online at, or by calling the James Weldon Johnson Institute at 404.727.2515, or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 404.991.6988.  Profits from ticket sales will support the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University.

CNN anchor Don Lemon will facilitate a dynamic forum that will examine how digital innovation has impacted our lives, changed concepts of identity, privacy and community. 

Social media also is driving major change in our politics and culture – and serving as a major agent of revolution in the Middle East, and humanitarian efforts around the world. 

Panelists include:

  • Maggie Jackson, journalist and author of  “Distracted: The Erosion of Attention & the Coming Dark Age” (2008);
  • Shaun King a self-described ‘techie-humanitarian’ who is pastor of Courageous Church, he is also the founder of the social media humanitarian aid site, TwitChange;
  • Baratunde Thurston, comedian, co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics (a blog targeting politically-minded African-Americans), and director of digital for The Onion (a multi-media platform for satirical news and information); and
  • Pete Wentz, musician and lyricist for the rock band, Fall Out Boy, record label manager, and co-founder of the group Black Cards

This is the second of three CNN Dialogues programs in a series to be presented this calendar year. In December, the final CNN Dialogues of the year will focus on the effect of greater openness on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. 

About CNN Dialogues

CNN Dialogues represents a partnership between CNN, Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study for Race and Difference and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for a series of community discussions on major topics shaping our times, led by leading thinkers of the day. 

The planning committee for CNN Dialogues includes writer Pearl Cleage, Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, president and trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Penelope McPhee, vice president for communications and marketing for Emory University Ron Sauder, executive vice president and director of programming for Atlanta’s World Affairs Council Cedric Suzman, president and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tisha Tallman, and Eric Tanenblatt of the Atlanta-based law firm of McKenna, Long, and Aldrich.



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