New Story of Work Speakers

2016 Earl Lecture with Annie Leonard

aL headshotA lifelong environmentalist, Annie Leonard is currently the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. She has over 25 years experience investigating, organizing and communicating about the environmental and social impacts of all our stuff: where it comes from, what it is made out of, and where it goes after we get rid of it. Her 2007 online film, The Story of Stuff, has been viewed over 40 million times making it the most watched online environmental film to date. In 2010, she authored a book of the same title which takes a deeper dive into the issues in the film.



JakadaJakada Imani

Director of the Ignite Institute and former Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.



saruSaru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining.


BobKing-High-ResBob King

Labor union activist and former President of the United Auto Workers.




David Korten

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, a member of the Club of Rome, and a former Harvard Business School professor. He is the author of numerous books, including Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World (updated, third edition July 2015), The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community; and, most recently, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

Rieger-150x150Joerg Rieger

Dr. Joerg Rieger is Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. He will join the faculty of Vanderbilt Divinity School as a distinguished professor in the fall of 2016.For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His main interest is in movements and developments that bring about change and the positive contributions of religion and theology.

Author and editor of more than 20 books and over 125 academic articles, his most recent books include Faith on the Road: A Short Theology of Travel and Justice (2015),Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements after Long Silence (2013), Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Kwok Pui-lan, 2012), Globalization and Theology (2010), and No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future (2009).  Rieger and his wife, Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, who is an organizer for Jobs with Justice and community outreach coordinator of the Dallas AFL-CIO, have co-authored a book titled Unified We are a Force: Growing Deep Solidarity between Faith and Labor, which is forthcoming from Chalice Press in April.


dvlDavid Vásquez-Levy

Immigration reform activist, pastor, and President of Pacific School of Religion.



 Participating scholars include:

Ilsup Ahn, Luis Leon, Victor Lloyd, Yii-Jan Lin, Jonathan Malesic, Jeremy Posadas, Inese Radzins and Melissa Snarr.