Moses Brown School Presents “In Conversation: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Seth Goldenberg P’29, and Joel Christian Gill”

In partnership with Curiosity Store and Reading with Robin, Moses Brown School is proud to host “In Conversation: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Seth Goldenberg, and Joel Christian Gill” on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodman Community & Performance Center on the Moses Brown campus.

Moses Brown parent Seth Goldenberg will steward a conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, and illustrator, Joel Christian Gill. Utilizing approaches from Seth’s own book, Radical Curiosity, Seth will seek greater insight about Dr. Kendi’s groundbreaking work through a format that is part interview and part organic conversation. Audience Q&A will follow the conversation.

The evening celebrates the launch of Dr. Kendi’s new graphic novel, Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America, illustrated by Joel Christian Gill.

The event is free but seating is limited and advanced registration is now full. However, click here to join a waiting list and you will be contacted if reservations become available.


About Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a National Book Award-winning author of fourteen books for adults and children, including nine New York Times bestsellers — five of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. At 34 years old, Dr. Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.

Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He has commented on a series of international, national, and local media outlets, such as CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, PBS, BBC, OWN, BET, and Sirius XM.

About Seth Goldenberg P ’29
Seth Goldenberg is a designer, curator, and entrepreneur who harnesses the power of questioning to catalyze innovation and cultural change. He is the founder and CEO of Curiosity & Co., a purpose-driven design, business, and innovation studio propelling cultural change. He has led high-profile projects with clients such as Apple, American Express, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the governor of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, Financial Times, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and he is the author of Radical Curiosity: Questioning Commonly Held Beliefs to Imagine Flourishing Futures (Crown Publishing Group, 2022).

Seth worked with Moses Brown School for two years as a strategy and thought partner during the development of the school’s last strategic plan – MB Believes: A Vision for Learning, People, and Place. He helped the school design a creative and inclusive year-long process of imagining the future of education through a series of more than 40 Discernment Dialogues – locally and around the country – that included 1,000+ alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and industry experts. He also connected the school with visionary architect and educational consultant Trung Le, who designed the school’s Woodman Center and its renovations of the Jones Library, the Y-Lab, and Lower School. Seth, and his wife Liz Newton (MB class of ’91), the founder of Curiosity Store, are proud parents of a Moses Brown middle school student.

About Joel Christian Gill
Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, cited as one of the best graphic novels of 2020 by The New York Times and for which he was awarded the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize. He wrote the words and drew the pictures for Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as three volumes of Tales of The Talented Tenth, which tell the stories of Bass Reeves, Bessie Stringfield, and Robert Smalls.

He most recently worked on the graphic novel of Dr. Ibram Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ten Speed Press, 2023). Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and, ultimately, humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.