Democracy Reimagined: Having a Say in Our Futures

Pacific School of Religion’s 2020 Professors of Practice brings global leaders on Artificial Intelligence, Business & Social Responsibility, and Arts and Race into transformative conversation

Engaging the vital theme of democracy, the Professor of Practice Series kicks off at Pacific School of Religion in Spring 2020. Joining our faculty for this program will be industry experts Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, co-founder of The North Face; Rumman Chowdhury, the Global Lead for Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Accenture; and Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward.

Cross-Sector Events, Public Course, and Earl Lectures

Through public events held on campus every Wednesday in the Spring, PSR’s Professors of Practice will engage in cross-sector discussion about how we reimagine democracy and ensure everyone has a say in shaping a future where all can thrive.  Additionally, the 2020 Earl Lectures, on April 18, will feature this year’s Professors of Practice.  All presentations will take place on the PSR campus and are open to the public.

Registration coming soon

Professors of Practice events will be open to the public.  You can register for a single event or for a sequence of them for CEUs or academic credit.  Keep checking for updates on elements of the series that will be available on-line, both live and archived.

Rumman Chowdhury

Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She holds degrees from MIT and a PhD from Columbia University in quantitative social science and has been a practicing data scientist and AI developer since 2013. She is currently the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with C‐suite clients to create cutting‐edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI. Rumman serves as co‐chair of the RSA’s Citizen AI Jury and actively participates in IEEE standards committees, the Partnership on AI, as an advisor to the UK House of Lords Parliamentary group on AI, and other global AI and ethics organizations. She has presented at multiple international governing bodies, including the United Nations, the OECD and the UK Parliament.

Kenneth “Hap” Klopp

Kenneth “Hap” Klopp co‐founded The North Face, turning it into a global apparel business and a leading business in Corporate Social Responsibility.   He also became the executive chairman of Cocona, a nanoparticle company that makes fibers, fabrics, and laminates for active apparel companies, and Obscura Digital, a digital communications business. He describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, and has done teaching and writing on leadership, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility — including teaching as part of Ignite’s Certificate. A graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, his passion is mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. “It’s very inspiring to be around young people,” he says. “Older people don’t have the optimistic curiosity of younger people. I get enthused by the can‐do attitude.”


Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang is a critically acclaimed, award-winning journalist and author who has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts and music. He was the co-founder of ColorLines and his writings include We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016)–which the Washington Post declared “the smartest book of the year”— and Who We Be: The Colorization of America (2014).  A leading voice in how culture impacts, and often precedes, political change, he serves as vice president of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward and was previously the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Spring 2020 Events

Kick-off Event for Professor of Practice Series with Rumman Chowdhury, Hap Klopp, Jeff Chang
February 5, 2020 | Badè Museum

Creating Democracy: Technology and Minorities,” a Conversation with Rumman Chowdhury
Wednesdays, Feb 12, 19, 26, and Mar 04
6:00 PM | Badé Museum

“Practicing Democracy: Civility and Outrage,” a Conversation with Kenneth “Hap” Klopp
Wednesdays, Mar 11, 18, and April 01, 08
6:00 PM | Badé Museum

“Living Democracy: Image and Culture,” a Conversation with Jeff Chang
Wednesday, Apr 15, 22, 29, and May 06
6:00 PM | Badé Museum

Closing Event with Professors of Practice with Rumman Chowdhury, Hap Klopp, Jeff Chang
May 5, 2020 | Badè Museum