Newswise — Actress Regina Hall will discuss the role of race in Hollywood with NYU Journalism Professor Pamela Newkirk, author of Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, on Fri., Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger/Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science (100 Washington Square East [at Washington Place]).

The event, “In Conversation: Regina Hall on Race, Hollywood and Other Stories, and Pamela Newkirk’s Diversity, Inc.,” is free and open to the public.

In 2019, Hall became the first African American in the 80-year history of the New York Film Critics Circle to win its Best Actress Award, which she received for her role in “Support the Girls”. A graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Hall has also starred in “Scary Movie”, “Girls Trip”, and “The Best Man”, among other productions. 

Newkirk’s Diversity, Inc. (Bold Type Books) analyzes the diversity industry, exploring what has been effective while raising vital questions about the rate of progress in a number of influential realms, including Hollywood. In the book, Newkirk, a professor at the Carter Journalism Institute, posits that after decades of costly initiatives and uneasy conversations, organizations have generally fallen far short of their diversity goals.  

The program will be introduced by Chanel Ward, assistant dean of diversity, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.            

The evening is hosted by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture and co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for the Humanities and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Office of the Dean.

To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 212.998.IAAA (4222) and include the event name and date in your message. Space is limited. Seating is on first come first served basis. 

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