Jeff Chang

Vice President of Narrative, Arts and Culture
Race Forward

Jeff Chang is the Vice President of Narrative, Arts and Culture at Race Forward. He’s written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His most recent book is We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, was published in September 2016, praised by the Washington Post as “the smartest book of the year.” Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines and writes regularly in major publications. Originally hailing from Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He recently served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Meet Author: Jeff Chang and Rinku Sen

Jeff Chang: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Who We Be

Rinku Sen: Stir It Up, The Accidental American

Speakers: Jeff Chang, Rinku Sen

The Shift: Narrative and Arts Amid the Culture Wars

We are living in an era of intensified culture wars, a time of competing narratives: a fearful, exclusive America versus a hopeful, transformative America. Which narrative prevails depends upon how well we organize and strategize to grow our narrative and cultural power. This panel will feature the acclaimed writer adrienne maree brown, cultural organizer Bree Newsome, Rashad Robinson, executive director at Color of Change, and Favianna Rodriguez, cultural strategist at CultureStr/ke, speaking with Jeff Chang about the ideas, practices and strategies that can move our imagination towards mutuality, equity, and freedom.

Speakers: Rashad Robinson, adrienne maree brown, Jeff Chang, Favianna Rodriguez, Bree Newsome

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Race on the playing field

Sports is one of America's most visible and profitable cultural arenas. From low-wage labor in billion-dollar stadiums to racist team names and defiant owners, it's also the place where some of our most hotly contested political issues play out. On this panel, we'll talk about the issues that are shifting our sports landscape.

Speakers: David Zirin, Robert Holden, Jamilah King, Jeff Chang

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

Culture Trumps Politics: Or Does It?

When political times get hard, creative people turn to influencing the way race is lived instead of the way it is legislated. This session will focus on the relationship between cultural and political change, from the perspective of the nation's leading artists.

Speakers: Jeff Chang, Lolis Eric Elie, Negin Farsad, Rinku Sen, Jose Antonio Vargas