Ronan Farrow & Tarana Burke

Together, Tarana Burke and Ronan Farrow share their unique experiences, one as an activist and survivor committed to healing and uniting, and the other as a hard-hitting journalist committed to sharing the stories of those who are often silenced. 

In this crucial and compelling program, Burke and Farrow will shed light on the current state of affairs and outpouring of sexual assault and harassment allegations; address pressing issues of respect, dignity and power dynamics in schools, workplaces and politics; shine a light on the stories of survivors, voices that continue to be marginalized and what it takes to speak truth to power; and share their thoughts on the next steps for this powerful movement that has awoken a nation. 

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Ronan Farrow

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  • Contributing Writer, The New Yorker
  • Documentary Filmmaker, HBO
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter
  • Human Rights Attorney, Rhodes Scholar, and Former U.S. State Department official

Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for The New Yorker—which published his culture-shifting series of stories on sexual assault and harassment—and makes documentaries for HBO. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is also a former State Department official who worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States' senior official focused on youth uprisings. He is the author of "War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of the American Influence" (from W.W. Norton, April 24, 2018). He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a 2018 George Polk Award, and has been nominated for the National Magazine Award, among other commendations. Named one of TIME"s "100 Most Influential People of 2018," his speeches have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s Top 10 Speeches of the Year.

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Tarana Burke

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  • Founder of the Me Too Movement
  • 2017 TIME Person of the Year; 2018 TIME's "100 Most Influential People"
  • Social Justice Activist

Tarana Burke has dedicated her life to social justice work and giving strength to those who experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Honored as one of The Silence Breakers named TIME's 2017 Person of the Year, and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People of 2018"  Burke spearheaded the Me Too movement years before it became a viral hashtag as the founder of Just Be Inc., a non-profit that helps victims. 

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has generated over 13 million Facebook posts and Tweets, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, Tarana provides insight into the current state of affairs and outpouring of sexual assault and harassment allegations, addresses pressing issues of respect, dignity and power dynamics in schools, workplaces and politics, and shines a light on the stories of survivors and voices that continue to be marginalized. 

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Tarana Burke and Ronan Farrow get rave reviews at Youngstown State University 

Award-winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow and Me Too Founder Tarana Burke addressed an audience of 2,300 campus and community members at Youngstown State University, sharing their thoughts on the current conversation surrounding sexual assault and harassment and where this powerful movement can go from here. The duos informative and empowering commentary had the audience tweeting praise throughout the event, such as: “Unbelievably impressive listening to @TaranaBurke and @RonanFarrow this evening… Both are incredible speakers and have such a mastery of their subject matter. Blown away.”; “I attended @TaranaBurke & @RonanFarrow ‘s talk tonight about the #MeToo movement & sexual harassment & I left feeling so inspired! What an incredible opportunity to listen to the face & voices behind the movement - I feel so empowered!”; “@TaranaBurke Just wanted to thank you and @RonanFarrow for a wonderful, uplifting and informative lecture this evening at @youngstownstate. My daughter and I enjoyed it very much. Great information and advice to move #MeToo forward.”; and “Hearing @RonanFarrow and @TaranaBurke speaking about the #MeToo movement was so enlightening and inspirational. Both such articulate and thoughtful people.”

Biography

Ronan Farrow's Biography

Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations – and tap the promise – of a new generation. Forbes Magazine has twice named him one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy, a contest he has gone on to judge. New York Magazine has named him “activist of the year.Esquire magazine recently named him the man of his year of birth. He has received numerous human rights awards, including Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people”. 

His speeches on the struggles of young people he’s worked with around the world as well as his own childhood growing up amidst a high profile Hollywood scandal have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s top ten speeches of the year.

As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series, combining traditional reporting with innovative crowd-sourced story selection. He has also anchored an MSNBC cable news program, Ronan Farrow Daily. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States’ first special adviser for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has also served as spokesperson for youth at UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola, and the Darfur region of Sudan, and appeared as an expert witness before the US Congressional human rights caucus.

Farrow is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.  He is the author of the forthcoming Pandora’s Box: How America Creates Its Own Enemies from Penguin Press.

Tarana Burke's Biography

Tarana Burke shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral ‘me too’ movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.