CANCELLED - A Conversation on the Fight for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at Facebook and Airbnb


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Belfer 400, Land Hall
Laura Murphy
12:00-1:00 p.m.
B-400, Land Hall
Belfer Building, 4th Floor
Harvard Kennedy School
Moderated by Dr. Robert W. Livingston, Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
Co-sponsored by the HKS Black Student Union and LGBTQ Caucus
LM headshotLaura W. Murphy is President of Laura Murphy & Associates. She is an influential national civil liberties and civil rights leader and a consummate policy strategist. She brings more than 35 years of experience in government and advocacy, including 17 years as Director of the ACLU Legislative Office where she advanced legislation on free speech, criminal justice reform, national security, reproductive rights, LGBT and civil rights, and Internet privacy before Congress and the White House. She has testified more than a dozen times before Congress and has been celebrated for building effective bipartisan coalitions.
Since 2016, Murphy has been retained by Airbnb, helping the home-sharing company update its policies and leading its efforts against discrimination on its platform. In May of 2018, she began advising the world’s largest social media company, Facebook, to conduct a civil rights audit and has produced two reportsMurphy received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award "for selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality" from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She is a 2016 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow.
Robert LivingstonDr. Robert W. Livingston is a Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining Harvard, he held full-time faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and the University of Sussex in England, where he was also Director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD). In addition, he has held visiting faculty positions at Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Broadly speaking, Dr. Livingston’s research focuses on diversity, leadership, and social justice. His work has been published in multiple top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, Newsweek, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, ABC News, The Guardian, CNN, Yahoo, and MSNBC. He has also authored several book chapters and co-edited an award-winning book on social identity and intergroup relations (with Roderick Kramer at Stanford University).
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