Micah White, PhD

Program Director of Activist Graduate School
How to Change the World: Theories and Practices; Housing Justice Activism and Protest: Past, Present, Future

Micah White, PhD is the lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement that spread to 82 countries, while an editor of Adbusters magazine. White's first book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, was published by Knopf Canada and has been translated into German and Greek. A sought after global public speaker on the future of activism, White has delivered more than thirty lectures at prestigious universities, cultural festivals and private events in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Indonesia, the Netherlands and the United States. 


Chiara Ricciardone, PhD

Provost of Activist Graduate School
How to Change the World: Theories and Practices

Chiara Ricciardone’s scholarly research centers on the problem of difference: a problem fundamental to the global era and its dream of democracy. Ricciardone is especially interested in the connections and disjuncts between existential experiences of difference, politicization of difference, and metaphysical concepts of difference. Her areas of specialization include ancient Greek rhetoric and philosophy, Continental philosophy and Critical Theory, with further interests in feminist thought and ancient Greek medicine and politics.


Guest Lecturers


Lenora Fulani, PhD

Guest Lecturer on “Why Do Protests Fail?”

Dr. Fulani has long been active in creating change through political action.  She has twice run for president as an independent.  In 1988 she became the first woman and first African American in U.S. history to appear as a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.  In 1994 she co-founded the Committee for a Unified Independent Party, a national strategy center for independent voters, which currently has networks in more than 30 states.  She is a founder of the Independence Party of New York State.


Alicia Garza

Guest Lecturer on “Why Do Protests Fail?”

Alicia Garza is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and the Principal of the Black Futures Lab. She is also the Strategy + Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her organizing work, including the Root 100 2015 and 2016 list of African-American achievers and influencers. She was also featured in the Politico50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015. She lives and works in Oakland, California.


Souta Calling Last

Guest Lecturer on “Why Do Protests Fail?”

Souta Calling Last (Blackfeet/Blood) is the Founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Vision, a national educational nonprofit founded in 2015. Before founding Indigenous Vision, Souta served as an Environmental Specialist in a National Tribal Drinking Water Program. Her connection to the landscape remained unhindered and she continued to organize lake shore clean-ups at drinking water reservoirs in the Phoenix area. Souta believes the land is a storybook of information filled with ecological and climate knowledge and that honoring ancestral observation will protect the land and water and will promote ideal human health and wellness.