• Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 01:00 PM
    WeWork Shanghai (Weihai Lu) in Shanghai Shi, China

    Black Panther Panel Discussion


    If Black Panther has inspired you, please join us to explore questions posed by the film:

    * What if there was a powerful entity -- in the movie it was the fictional nation of Wakanda, but in reality it could be a coalition of the world's richest nations and individuals -- decided to pool resources and change the world? 

    * How would that work? 

    * What would it look like? 

    * Would there be "unintended consequences"?

    * And what role does pop culture play in opening the people's minds to what might be? Long before Obama became president, there were movies and TV shows that portrayed a black president of the US. Could the Black Panther movie (and hopefully its sequels) similarly open hearts and minds to a new era of thought?

    We have assembled a diverse panel of educators, authors, and movie industry professionals to lead discussion on these topics and more. 

    Panelists Bios

    Kira Leinonen – Movie Producer
    Kira Leinonen is a documentary, film, and commercial producer who also spends a lot of time writing. Kira splits her time between Beijing and the rest of the world, which means she actually just lives out of a suitcase. For more snaps, you can follow her fledgling Instagram account @kira_leinonen

    John Liu – International Educator
    John Liu has a masters degree in educational policy. He has taught politics and government and currently teaches psychology at Yew Chung International School Shanghai. He guides students in international schools to explore the intricacies of being a Global Citizen in an ever-globalizing world.

    Eric Heise – Actor
    Shanghai-based Producer, Director, Writer, Actor, and Location Sound Technician working in film, television, web, and corporate video production.

    Donni Wang - Academic, Philosopher
    Born in Shanghai, Donni was educated in California and will one day move to Europe. She has received a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD in Classics from Stanford University. She is a day-dreamer, a lover of bygone days, a critic of modernity, and a committed global citizen. 

    Her recently published book, "Before the Market: The Political Economy of Olympianism," offers a new account of ancient Greece that is relevant to today's world.