A Conversation with Soledad O'Brien
The Intersection of Social Justice and the Environment
This event will mark the launch of our spring Poquonook Solutions Symposium, a ninth grade capstone project rooted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are honored to once again invite Soledad O’Brien to the virtual stage to discuss issues of injustice as they relate to the environment, as well as her experience as a documentarian and journalist. There will be time for Q&A. This event is open to members of the IMS community and special guests.
About Soledad O’Brien:
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist, who founded Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. She anchors and produces the Hearst TV political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports. She is also host of the Quake Media podcast “Very Opinionated with Soledad O’Brien.
She is a thought leader, with over 1.3 million Twitter followers, who has a national impact through her speeches, numerous documentaries and her presence on the op-ed pages of platforms like the New York Times and Huffington Post. She has anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NBC, and reported for Fox, A&E, Oxygen, Nat Geo, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD, and Al Jazeera America, among others.
O’Brien’s work has been recognized with three Emmy awards, twice with the George Foster Peabody Award, three times with the Gracie Award, which honors women in media, twice with Cine Awards for her work in documentary films and also with an Alfred I. DuPont Award.
Poquonook Solutions Symposium:
Beginning in the spring of 2017, the ninth grade program at IMS shifted to include the Poquonook Solutions Project, the capstone effort within a broader, year-long focus on the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Named after the School’s most significant geographic feature, the mountain, the project is one that engages the students in purposeful, project based learning. Throughout the spring, students design actual solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, which are judged by a panel of sustainability experts each spring, who assess the solutions’ viability and relevance with an eye toward implementation.
Watch the 9th Grade Program in Action