Speaking Engagement

  • Speaking Engagement

    Aaron Samuels has been described as a dynamic speaker, who digs into his complex multi-ethnic identity with humor, keen insight, and passionate verve.  Having shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Hill Harper, and Key & Peele, Aaron offers a unique range of speaking topics about the Mixed experience and Black-Jewish Identity.

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  • Speaking Engagement

    Aaron Samuels has been described as a dynamic speaker, who digs into his complex multi-ethnic identity with humor, keen insight, and passionate verve.  Having shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Hill Harper, and Key & Peele, Aaron offers a unique range of speaking topics about the Mixed experience and Black-Jewish Identity.

    Book Aaron
Aaron has performed for TV One’s Verses & Flow, the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and at universities and community organizations across the United States.  Often combining performance poetry with traditional oration, Aaron’s talks/lectures are designed to challenge audiences to widen their perceptions of identity and embrace the multiplicities that we all contain. Each Talk/Lecture can be customized to fit your organization’s needs and desired length of time.  Talks/Lectures typically range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and can include an optional Q&A at the end.  Book Aaron for a speaking engagement    

Speaking Topics

IDENTITY ISH:  Attacks, Assertions, and Privilege Recognition We each go through our own unique journey as we discover our identities.  In this lecture Aaron discusses his own learning process about his Mixed identity, from the times that identity slapped him across the face, to the times he expressly asserted his identity through performance poetry.  Aaron discusses the nuances of this discovery process through his own battles overcoming oppression, and the lurking realization that with these oppressions also come privileges and advantages.  This workshop can be catered to a general audience as well as an audience of people that primarily identify as Mixed. A FIELD GUIDE TO BEING BLACK AND JEWISH So you think you got what it takes to be Black and Jewish? Well you do.  Growing up in a multi-racial, Black-Jewish household in Providence Rhode Island taught Aaron some hard lessons about survival, fitting in, and finding his voice.    In this lecture, Aaron discusses the complexities of his own Black Jewish Identity and offers his own story as evidence that as Black-Jews, we can do much more than survive, we can thrive. This workshop can be catered to a general audience as well as an audience of people that primarily identify as Black and Jewish. WRITING YOR WAY THROUGH IDENTITY:  Identity is difficult to discuss.  With so many cookie-cutter terms like “multiculturalism” and “diversity”, it can be easy to lose sight of the important aspects of a critical identity dialogue.  In this lecture, Aaron discusses the tool of prompt-based poetry workshops as a vital component to any curriculum about identity discourse.  By empowering students to write about and discuss their own identity, barriers can more easily be hurdled to facilitate an honest and genuine critical dialogue. This workshop can be catered to a general audience as well as an audience of educators interested in using writing as a curriculum tool to facilitate discussions about identity. Book Aaron for a speaking engagement