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If you care about the city, you'll want to hear about big ideas that can become realities—and be surprised by some that are already taking root.

Piper Kerman Piper

Piper Kerman is the author of Orange is the New Black, which inspired the award-winning original series for Netflix.

She currently works with Spitfire Strategies as a communications consultant. Piper serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association and she has been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners.

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Bill Keller Bill

Bill Keller, former executive editor of of the New York Times, is now editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project.

The Marshall Project is a non-profit, non-partisan news organization focused on crime and punishment in the United States. Bill joined the venture in 2014 after 30 years at The New York Times as a correspondent, editor and, most recently, as an op-ed columnist.

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Ian Haney López Ian Haney

Ian Haney López is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States.

In his most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, Ian lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.

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Freeman A. Hrabowski Freeman A.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of UMBC, is one if the nation’s most prominent educators.

He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

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David Miller David

David Miller combines grit and intellect to reach inner-city youth and their parents.

He is the co-founder of the Urban Leadership Institute and the author of numerous publications including Dare to Be King: What If the Prince Lives? A Survival Workbook for African American Male. He was also one of OSI-Baltimore’s first Community Fellows in 1999.

Maria Broom Maria

Maria Broom, widely known for her roles as an actress in HBO's The Wire and The Corner.

She is also a celebrated dancer and storyteller. A Fulbright Scholar, 2004 OSI-Baltimore Communtiy Fellow and former TV news reporter, she currently teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Maria Broom Andre M.

Judge Andre M. Davis (moderator) serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He previously served for 14 years on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. A native of Baltimore, Judge Davis is a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is also a founding member of the OSI-Baltimore Board.

Diana Morris Robin Williams

Robin Williams Wood (moderator) is a member of the OSI-Baltimore Board, longtime Baltimore resident, and recent graduate of the Francis King Carey (UM) School of Law. She has served in non-profit management and governance roles with several Baltimore-area organizations. She is an advocate for big ideas that lead to meaningful change in the lives of Baltimoreans.

Tom Hall Tom

Tom Hall (emcee) has been a dynamic force in Maryland's creative community for over 30 years as a performer, broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and educator. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for Maryland Morning and the host of Choral Arts Classics on WYPR.

Diana Morris Diana

Diana Morris, a life-long social justice advocate, has led the Open Society Institute-Baltimore since the office opened in 1998. She was recently named as one of the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs.

Travel Info

October 27, 2014

3:00pm Doors Open
3:30pm-6:00pm Program
6:00pm-7:00pm Cocktail Reception

Center Stage

700 North Calvert St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Center Stage Building Facade
Map of Parking Locations

Mass Transit

Find the best public transportation route to Center Stage at the MTA's website. Center Stage is just two blocks from the free Charm City Circulator's purple line.


Lots & Garages

  • Baltimore Sun Garage 209 East Monument St. $10 all day
  • PMI (under the Waterloo Apartments) 600 block of Calvert St. $10.50 a day
  • Central Parking 810 North Charles St. $10.00 a day
  • Edison ParkFast and Fallsway Park and Ride 545 North High St. $4.00 a day

Street Parking

Parking near Center Stage is a mix of metered ($2 an hour) and 2 hour neighborhood parking (Area 28). Directly across Calvert Street from Center Stage (east side only) is one block of unrestricted parking. The block directly north (east side only) is also unrestricted.


Coming in from out of town? We'd recommend the following hotels:

  • Hotel Monaco 2 North Charles St. 888.752.2636 Book Online
  • Peabody Court Hotel 2 North Charles St. 410.727.7107 Book Online

Did You Know?

While there is still much work to be done, you'll be surprised by what is already happening in our city. Did you know:

How is health insurance connected to drug addiction?

Drug Addiction continues to blight our communities, despite the fact that integrated drug treatment programs have been proven to work. The problem is that access to those programs is often out of reach for those who need it most. OSI-Baltimore and its grantees have worked diligently to ensure drug addition treatment is woven seamlessly into the Affordable Care Act and to expanding Medicaid to many more people in Baltimore. Holistic drug treatment is now more accessible than ever before.

There is still work to be done, but powerful change is happening in our city.
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How do ID cards contribute to a stronger workforce?

The ethos of the United States has always been that individuals be given a second chance. When people are released from prison, however, they often face an uphill battle to reintegrate into society. It turns out that if they are given even the most basic tools—things as simple as an I.D. card—they are much more likely to gain steady employment, strengthen our workforce, and live productive lives.

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How is prison population connected to strong communities?

You may think that releasing prison inmates early would increase crime rates but statistics confirm: releasing more low-risk inmates earlier—when they're ready and have access to treatment and jobs—actually results in no ill effects on the city. And it makes families and communities whole again.

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Has Baltimore actually increased its graduation rate for African American boys?

It's true: By reducing suspensions and, instead, engaging students, Baltimore was one of the few cities in the country that increased graduations for African American boys.

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Why are Baltimore city school's graduation rates up and at an all-time high?

Bringing together teachers, principals, students, parents—event the Mayor—to get kids to school each day and make them feel comfortable and engaged, has resulted in a sizable uptick in graduation in just a few years.

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Why are more uninsured city residents getting access to addiction treatment when they need it?

Although heroin addiction continues to plague the country, because of expanded access to Medicaid in Maryland and increased treatment option through the Affordable Care Act, those who need treatment have direct access to get help quickly.

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Since when has regular attendance been essential for pre-kindergarteners?

Believe it or not, research supported by OSI-Baltimore indicates that even preschoolers can't miss a day—if they do, they won't catch up until the 4th grade, if then.

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Why are construction workers and school kids happy about the same thing?

Construction workers and school kids are both ecstatic about the $1 billion budget for school construction that is already making the city landscape more welcoming and efficient.

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Visionary Change Agent

  • T. Rowe Price

Courageous Change Agents

  • Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP
  • J.S. Plank and D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation
  • McGladrey LLP
  • The Shelter Group/Brightview Senior Living

Optimistic Change Agents

  • BB&T
  • CohnReznick
  • Gordon Feinblatt, LLC
  • Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
  • Laura and Neil Tucker
  • Law Office of Dominique S. Moore, LLC
  • Marilynn K. Duker and Dale McArdle
  • Susquehanna Bank
  • United Way of Central Maryland

Media Sponsor

  • WYPR 88.1FM