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Rich Benjamin        

Expert Commentator on America's Politics, Culture & Race

Rich Benjamin is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, selected for an Editor’s Choice award by Booklist and The American Library Association. This groundbreaking study is one of few to have illuminated in advance the rise of white anxiety and white nationalism. Benjamin’s political and social commentary appear regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC. He earned his BA from Wesleyan and his PhD from Stanford University. Interested by corporate stewardship, Benjamin sits on the Board of the Author’s Guild, the nation’s premier professional organization that has been advocating authors’ interests concerning the marketplace, intellectual property, and free expression since 1912.

Speech Topics



The Middle Class



The American Dream

The Economy

Space & place

Lifestyle & living

Cities & suburbs

Demographics and our Demographic Future


Social Diversity

LGTB issues and movement

Political Involvement and Social Change


Banner Days

His dashing ascot billowing, his flat cap perched just so (to hide his bald spot), the cleft-chinned Harry Hay had some impressive head shots. As a student at Stanford in the early 1930s, he had come out to his classmates as “temperamental,” code for “homosexual.” In 1934, having dropped out of Stanford and moved to Los Angeles to try a career in pictures — and having already begun to hone his identity as sensualist and agitator — he joined

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