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Rich Benjamin        

Expert Commentator on America's Politics, Culture, and Race

Rich Benjamin is a social observer and ideas entrepreneur. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, honored by Booklist and The American Library Association. Benjamin's cultural and political commentary appear regularly in the media, including on NPR, The New York Times, MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, and He is also Senior Fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan, multi-issue think tank based in New York City.

Born in New York City, Benjamin grew up in far-flung places (in the US and abroad). A sought-after speaker, Benjamin has spoken at TED, The Commonwealth Club of California, Seattle Town Hall, Stanford University, Columbia Law School, City College, and many high schools.

Benjamin just completed a novel on money, risk, and heterosexual melancholy.

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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