From Imagery to Reality: "The Birth of a Nation" to #BLM and the Implications for DEI Efforts

  • 13 Oct 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • virtual


Join the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) and Palo Alto Networks for the latest in a series of virtual programming to further the legal profession’s efforts to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

From Imagery to Reality:

"The Birth of a Nation" to #BLM and the Implications for DEI Efforts

The Birth of a Nation is best known as a controversial yet commercially successful early 20th Century film. A landmark in film history for introduction of new techniques and use of music, it is also remembered for its racist tropes and messaging.

Desmond Ang, an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an applied economist whose work focuses on the intersection of race, education, and government,has been researching the impact of the film and studying its contribution to the spread and perpetuation of white supremacist values and anti-Black bigotry.

Please join the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) and Palo Alto Networks as we explore how a century-old racist film has influenced American thinking and attitudes about Blacks and other people of color and contributed to the legal profession’s ongoing challenges to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Presentation by

Professor Desmond Ang 

Harvard Kennedy School

Followed by Panel Discussion

Sharon E. Jones


Jones Diversity


Sharon Barner

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Cummins Inc.

Preston Hopson

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Tetra Tech

Alyson Palmer

Corporate Counsel


Christopher P. Reynolds

Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Resources

Toyota Motor North America

Crystal T. Williams

Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary

Eli Lilly and Company

Hosted by Palo Alto Networks

Individual Registration: $95.00

Government, Nonprofit, New Lawyer (less than three years): $65.00

Law Student:  No Charge

Agenda and Speaker Bios


CLE Accreditation*

Approved for 2.0 general Colorado CLE credits, 1.75 diversity & inclusion Illinois CLE credits, 2.4 ethics and 2.4 elimination of bias Missouri CLE credits, 2.0 diversity/inclusion New York CLE credits, and 1.75 Texas CLE credits. Participants requesting CLE for other states will receive Uniform CLE Certificates.

Illinois and New York credit is being provided courtesy of Baker & McKenzie LLP.  Baker & McKenzie LLP is an Illinois CLE approved provider. Baker & McKenzie LLP has been certified by the New York State CLE Board as an accredited provider in the state of New York for the period 12/12/18-12/11/21. This program is only appropriate for experienced New York attorneys.

*While CLE credit may be pre-approved in certain jurisdictions, final CLE accreditation approval is anticipated, but not guaranteed.




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