Rich Benjamin

Events & Speaking

Areas of Expertise: Whites, money, class, the American Dream, the economy, social relations, Trump’s ascendancy and politics, global center-right populism, space & place, lifestyle & living, cities & suburbs, demographics, Western cultural anxiety, Latinos, the Gays, and our demographic future.

  • “Keynote: King and “The More Perfect Union”
    Friday, January 18, 2019, 7pm
    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Phillippe Performing Arts Center
    Marion, IN
    • Non-Profits and the Call to Moral Leadership

      Presentation: “Toward a Beloved Community: Non-Profits, Everyday Whiteness, and Confronting Rightwing Terror”
      November 14, 2018
      Private Reflection/Convening
      Pittsburgh, PA

    • TECHONOMY 2018

      “Post-Midterm Election Townhall”
      Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:30pm
      Ritz-Carlton
      Half Moon Bay, CA

    • Book Expo 2018

      Live Podcast Panel: “But That’s Another Story”
      Co-Panelists: Bestselling Authors Will Schwalbe, Leigh Bardugo, and Wayétu Moore
      Tues, May 31, 2018, 5:15pm
      Jacob Jatiz Center, Downtown Stage
      New Yor, NY

    • Techonomy 2018

      Moderator: “Creating a More Equitable Workplace”
      Panelists: Maggie Chan Jones, Sarah Gerber, & Gina Hadley
      Tues, May 8, 2018, 2pm
      117 W. 46th Street
      New Yor, NY

    • Elon University

      Keynote: “Whitopia: Our Culture, Politics, and Disruption”
      September 26, 2017
      Whitley Auditorium
      106 E. Lebanon Avenue
      Elon, NC

    • My City Summit, 2017

      Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana
      Keynote: “The Color of Tomorrow: Economic Development & Community Inclusion in the Age of Trump”
      January 24, 2017
      University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center
      Fort Wayne, IN

    • “MEN OF LETTERS: The Woman Who Changed My Life”

      Co-Performers: Josh Radnor (Star/Director, “How I Met Your Mother”), Ben Sinclair (Star/Producer, “High Maintenance”), Julio Torres (comedian/space prince)
      July 14, 2016, 9pm
      Joe’s Pub, The Public Theatre
      425 Lafayette Street
      New York, NY

    • 2016 Fair Housing Conference

      Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
      Keynote: “How We Live Now: Society and Our Community Designs”
      April 29, 2016
      Fetzer Center
      Kalamazoo, MI

    • “20/20: The Future in Focus”

      Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, 2016 Conference
      Keynote: “Latinos, Whites, and America’s Social Future”
      April 20, 2016, 11:30am
      Nobu Eden Rock
      Miami, FL

    • Association of California Community College Administrators

      Keynote: “Mission Possible: Initiate, Innovate, Integrate”
      February 18, 2016, Noon-2pm
      Riverside Convention Center
      Riverside, CA

    • Ripon College

      Keynote: “Economic Progress: 2016”
      January 26, 2016, 7-8:30pm
      Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
      Ripon, WI

    • Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

      Moderator: “Writing About Place in the Age of the Global City”
      Panelists: Luc Sante, Vivian Gornick, David Ulin
      Sun, Sep 20, 2015, 2pm
      Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Room
      250 Joralemon Street
      Brooklyn, NY

    • TEDWomen 2015

      May 27 – 29, 2015
      Monterey, CA

    • Evergreen State College

      Keynote: “Day of Absence, Day of Presence”
      April 10, 2015, 1pm
      Olympia, WA

    • Borough of Manhattan Community College

      Keynote: “Inequality Forum”
      February 18, 2015, 12-2pm
      New York, NY

    • “Losing Our Way”: An Evening with Bob Herbert and Lesley Stahl

      Emcee: Rich Benjamin
      Wed, October 15, 2014, 7pm
      NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
      New York, NY

    • City College, New York. Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership

      Keynote: Powell Fellows’ Graduating Ceremony
      Tues, May 9, 2014, 5pm
      New York, NY

    • Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

      Sat, April 26, 2014, 9am
      Debate: “What’s Really in the US Best Interest?”
      Debaters: Rich Benjamin, Stephen Moore (Chief Economist, Heritage Foundation), Don Watkins (Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute)
      Kingston, RI

    • Progressive US Congress Strategy Summit

      Fri, February 14, 2014, 11am
      Panel: “What the Right Gets Right”
      Panelists: Rich Benjamin, Thomas Frank, Rick Perlstein
      Moderator: Rep. Gwen Moore (D, WI)
      Philadelphia, PA

    • Chicago Ideas Week 2013

      Wed, Oct 17, 2013, 3-4pm
      “Great Debate: Markets and Morality Featuring Yaron Brook and Rich Benjamin”
      Morningstar
      22 W Washington St
      Chicago, IL

    • Brooklyn Book Festival 2013

      Sun, Sep 22, 2013, 1pm
      Panel Moderator: “Get a Job!: To Have and Not Have In America Today”
      Brooklyn Historical Society Library
      128 Pierrepont Street
      Brooklyn, NY

    • The Aspen Institute, Roundtable on Community Change

      MAY 28 – Jun 1, 2013
      Racial Equity Leadership Development Program
      Aspen, CO

    • Yeshiva University

      Wed, Apr 17, 2013, 8pm
      “America’s Demographic Future”
      Beren Campus, 245 Lexington Avenue
      New York, NY

    • Phillips Exeter Academy

      Fri, Jan 18, 2013, 10am-Noon
      “Inequality in America”
      Grangier Auditorium
      Exeter, NH

    • Strand Bookstore

      Thurs, Sep 27, 2012, 7-9pm
      “Elites and the Jobless: What Comes Next?”
      Rich Benjamin in Conversation with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes & DW Gibson
      New York, NY

    • City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate School of Public Health

      Wed, May 9, 2012, 6-8pm
      “Anthropology and Epidemiology: Researching Change”
      5th Avenue (@34th Street)
      New York, NY

    • The Jefferson Center

      Sat, May 5, 2012, Noon-2pm
      “Moving Millions to the Middle Class: A 21st Century Economy”
      Double Tree Park Place
      Minneapolis, MN

    • Poly Prep Country Day School

      Tues, Apr 2, 2012, 8-10am
      “The Gated Community Mentality”
      9216 Seventh Avenue
      Brooklyn, NY

    • Book Court

      Wed, Nov 30, 2011, 7-9pm
      “Maps and Memory”
      Rich reads from his new book-in-progress
      163 Court Street
      Brooklyn, NY

    • California State University, Fullerton

      Tues, Nov 15, 2011, 3-4:30pm
      “The Color of Tomorrow: Whites, Latinos, and America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Future”
      Lecture / Discussion
      CSU, Fullerton
      800 N. State College Blvd
      Fullerton, CA

    • What Can a Crisis Tell Us?

      Tues, Oct 18, 2011, 7-8pm
      Bestselling Author Nomi Prins and Rolling Stone Contributor Matt Taibbi in conversation w/ Rich
      Strand Bookstore
      828 Broadway (@12th St)
      New York, NY

    • Utah Housing Coalition 2011 Conference

      Tues, Oct 3, 2011, 12pm
      Keynote Address
      Utah Cultural Celebration Center
      1355 W 3100 S
      West Valley City, UT

    • Facing History

      Fri, Jul 15, 2011, 9am
      Talk / Tutorial
      Friends Seminary
      222 East 16th Street
      New York, NY

    • New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

      Tues, Feb 15, 2011, 3:30pm
      “Obama in the Age of Whitopia”
      Lecture / Discussion
      20 Cooper Sq.
      New York, NY

    • Pomona College

      Tues, Sep 21, 2010 7pm
      “Whitopias Rising: Race an Rage in America”
      Debate w/ Gerard Alexander (American Enterprise Institute)
      Rose Hills Theater, Pomona College
      Claremont, CA

    • Facing History

      Fri, Aug 13, 2010, 9am
      Talk / Tutorial
      Urban Assembly School for Law and Justic
      283 Adams Street
      New York, NY

    • Columbia Basin College

      Mon, Jun 7, 2010, 6:30pm
      Talk / Q&A
      Hawk Union Building, Main Stage
      Pasco, WA

    • The Little Professor Bookstore

      Mon, May 17, 2010, 4:30-5:30pm
      Reading / Q&A
      15. N. Main Street
      St. George, UT

    • Democrats of Southern Utah Luncheon

      Mon, May 17, 2010, 11:30am-12:30pm
      Talk / Q&A
      The Best Western Abbey Inn
      1129 S. Bluff Street
      Cost: $15
      St. George, UT

    • Columbia University

      Wed, Apr 7, 2010, 12-1:30pm
      Talk/Q&A
      Faculty House, 2nd Floor
      64 Morningside Dr. (@ W. 116 St)
      New York, NY

    • Tides Foundation / Commonweal Institute

      Fri, Mar 12, 2010, 12-1:30pm
      Lecture / Brown Bag: “America’s Demographic Future and the Common Good”
      Tides Foundation, The Pacific Room
      1014 Tourney Avenue, The Presidio
      San Francisco, CA

    • Stanford Bookstore

      Thurs, Mar 11, 2010, 5:30-6:30pm
      Book Signing / Reception
      519 Lasuen Mall
      Palo Alto, CA

    • Stanford University

      Thurs, Mar 11, 2010, 4pm
      Lecture/Q&A
      Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
      424 Santa Teresa Street
      Palo Alto, CA

    • Colgate University

      Wed, Mar 3, 2010, 6:30pm
      Lecture/Q&A
      Persson Auditorium
      Persson Hall
      Hamilton, NY

    • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

      Thurs, Jan 28, 2010, 6pm
      Lecture/Q&A
      Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room B
      New Brunswick, NJ

    • Happy Ending Reading Series: “America Night”

      Wed, Jan 6, 2010, 7pm
      Reading / Signing w/ Musical Guest
      Joe’s Pub
      425 Lafayette Street (@ E. 4th)
      New York, NY

    • Open Society Institute / Enoch Pratt Free Public Library

      Tues, Dec 1, 2009, 7pm
      Talk/Signing/Conversation
      Wheeler Main Auditorium
      400 Cathedral St.
      Baltimore, MD

    • New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

      Tues, Dec 1, 2009, 11am
      Panel Discussion with Rich Benjamin, Ted Conover (New Jack City), Bryan Mealer (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) & more
      Stern School of Business, Schimmel Auditorium, 40 W. 4th Street
      New York, NY

    • New York Writers Benefit for Public School 8

      Thurs, Nov 19, 2009, 7pm
      Featuring Rich Benjamin, Gabriel Byrne, Warren St. John & more
      Umbrage Gallery
      111 Front Street
      New York, NY

    • Paragraph Reading Series

      Wed, Nov 11, 2009, 7pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      85 E. 4th Street
      New York, NY

    • Town Hall Seattle

      Tues, Nov 3, 2009, 7:30pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      1119 8th Ave (@Seneca St)
      Seattle, WA

    • Tattered Cover Book Store

      Thurs, Oct 29, 2009, 7:30pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      2526 East Colfax Avenue
      Denver, CO

    • The Commonwealth Club & Santa Clara University

      Tue, Oct 27, 2009, 12pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      500 El Camino Real, SCU campus
      Santa Clara, CA

    • Idlewild Books

      Mon, Oct 19, 2009, 7pm
      Talk/Signing/ Conversation w/ Joseph O’Neill (Netherland)
      12 W. 19th Street (@ 5th Ave.)
      New York, NY

    • Politics and Prose

      Sat, Oct 17, 2009, 1pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC

    • National Launch, Demos

      Thurs, Oct 8, 2009, 6pm
      Talk/Signing/Q&A
      220 Fifth Avenue (@26th Street), 5th Floor
      New York, NY