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SPEAKER

Thus far, I have discussed my book and US civil rights history at over 70 venues, including Oxford University, Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution, Mohammed V University in Morocco, and numerous US embassies throughout Europe.
For speaking engagements, please email: gail_milissa@icloud.com
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, including TV and radio.

2019

  • Rotary Club Rome International:  At The Elbows of My Elders book presentation, introduction to historical context, video and Q&A session to honor UK Black History Month

2018

  • November 2018 Featured speaker American University Rome Job Fair
  • Lecture entitled Antecedents of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Rhode Island School of Design, Rome campus
  • Panel discussion at Washington University (St. Louis) on 1968
  • 2018 student takeover of university’s accounts payable office in protest to on-campus brutality and in support of increased black enrolment and scholarship money, black studies courses divestment in South Africa, etc.
  • Book presentation, highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Publication of At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Rights. Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, MO, in conjunction with #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis exhibition.
  • Panel discussion for U.S. exchange students on how to readjust to returning to the States, Temple University, Rome campus.
  • Digital Video Conference entitled Filling the Void: Black History Month and Literature, with South African writers, sponsored by the U.S. Consulate, Cape Town, South Africa.

2016

  • Book presentation at Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide (Umbria). (http://www.civitella.org/news)
  • Lecture on early civil rights history and book presentation at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Università di Roma, La Sapienza: Translating Human Rights (incontro/dibatito), Dipartimento di Studi Europei Americani e Interculturali
  • L’Argonauta Bookstore, Rome Italy: Book Presentation
  • United States Consulate, Florence, Italy: Book Presentation
  • United States Embassy, Oslo, Norway: Civil Rights History
  • United States Embassy, Rome, Italy: Book Presentation
  • L’Argonauta Bookstore, Rome, Italy: Book Presentation

2015

  • Centro Studi Americani, Rome, Italy: Presentation of “Casa Grant,” the Italian translation of “At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Right.”
  • United States Embassy, Tirana, Albania: Lectures on the Early Civil Rights Movement
  • The University of Tirana
  • The European University of Tirana
  • Marubi School of Film and Multimedia
  • Ismail Qemali High School
  • The American Corner

2014

  • John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  • Panelist: 2014 International Young Women’s Leadership Conference

2013

  • United State Embassy, Rabat, Morocco: Lectures on the Early Civil Rights Movement
  • Cayi Ayyad University, Marrakech
  • Dar America, Casablanca
  • Ain Chook University, Casablanca
  • Moulay Benslimane University, Beni Mellal
  • Mohammed V University, Rabat
  • Institute of Leadership and Communication Studies, Rabat
  • Moulay Ismail University, Meknes
  • United States Embassy, Book Presentation and Lectures on the Early Civil Rights Movement, Paris, France:
  • Lycee’ International Jea-Pierre Vernant, Sevres
  • Universite’ Paris-Est, Creteil
  • S. Embassy staff
  • Read Club, Book Presentation (in French), Paris
  • Universite’ de Paris Ouest, Nanterre
  • Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3
  • Shenker English Language School, Panel Discussion “Obama Dopo Obama” (Obama after Obama), Rome, Italy

2012

  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Viriginia – USA
  • John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  • United States Embassy, Vienna, Austria
  • Mediateque de Perpignan, Perpignan, France

2011

  • The Abysinnian Baptist Church, Book Presentation, New York City, NY
  • Pepperdine University, Lecture, Malibu, CA
  • Universite’ d’Avignon, Book Presentation, Avignon, France, http://vod.univ-avignon.fr/videos/?video=MEDIA110420091721108
  • Istituto Farina, Book Presentation sponsored by “L’associazione 9/11 di Vicenza,” Vicenza, Italy
  • 2010
    National Endowment for the Arts, Writing Workshop, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Washington University, Book Presentation, St. Louis, MO
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Use of Research Materials in Writing Memoir Workshop, St. Louis, MO

2009

  • Oxford University, Guest Speaker, Black History Month, African-Caribbean Oxford Society, Oxford, England
  • Smithsonian Institution, Guest Speaker, Black History Month, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
  • Columbia University, Book Presention, Institute for Research in African American Studies, New York City, NY
  • United States Ambassador’s Residence, Book Presentation and Photo Exhibition, Paris, France
  • United States Embassy, Video Conferences, African Regional Services, Paris, France:  Ten (10) video conferences with leading intellectuals,professors, writers, and students, throughout Africa (Uganda, Zambia, Mali, Kenya, Rwanda, Morocco, Madagascar, Swaziland, Tunisia) and in Haiti, organized and sponsored by U.S. embassies in these countries. (Conducted in English and French)
  • Book Presentations (both in French and English) throughout France under U.S. Embassy auspices included:
  • Jean Moulin Universite’, American Studies Institute, Lyon
  • Universite’ de Lyon, 3, Lyon
  • Ecole Al-Kindi (secondary school for Muslim students), Lyon
  • Universite’ Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand
  • Lycee’ Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please contact for upcoming events gail_milissa@icloud.com

 

  • Lycee’ Jeanne d’Arc, Clermont Ferrand
  • Institut de Formation, Recherche, Animation, Sanitaire et Sociale, Toulouse
  • Ecole Regionale de la Deuxieme Chance, Toulouse, France Lycee Pierre Paul Riquet, Toulouse
  • Franco-American Institute, Rennes
  • English-language Library, Angers
  • Shenker English Language Culture Club, Book Presentation in Italian and Photo Exhibition, Rome, Italy  (link to video)
  • Democrats Abroad, Book Presentation, Rome, Italy
  • American University of Rome, Book Presentation, Rome, Italy
  • The American Library in Paris, Book Presentation, Paris, France
  • St. Elizabeth Academy, Commencement Address, St. Louis, MO

2008

  • Saint Louis University Law School, Book Presentation, Saint Louis, MO
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Book Presentation, St. Louis, MO
  • Missouri History Museum, Book Launch, St. Louis, MO
  • Left Bank Books, Book Reading/Signing, St. Louis, MO

2002-05

Various conferences at universities and secondary schools throughout Italy as a consultant for the U.S. Embassy in Rome.  Speaking in Italian or English, I have addressed professors and students on U. S. civil rights issues.  My topics have included:

  • “Antecedents to the Modern Civil Rights Movement”
  • “The Pre-1954 Fight for Civil Rights”
  • “Black History: Recapturing My Heritage”
  • “Issues in Contemporary Black America”

TV/RADIO

2012

TVSkyTG-24 – Pomeriggio: panel discussion on Barack Obama’s re-election (in Italian), Rome, Italy

2010
KWMU radio: interview with Don Marsh for St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis, MO

2008

  • KWMU radio: interview with Don Marsh for St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis, MO
  • KMOX-TV: interview on Great Day St. Louis television show, St. Louis, MO
  • KMOX AM radio: interview with Chris Mihill, St. Louis, MO
  • Higher Education Channel (HEC): interview with Donn Johnson 2009
  • XM Radio: Interview with Joe Madison (Madison the Black Eagle)


2004
“Uno Mattina”, RAI-Uno, the Italian “Today Show” equivalent, as a panel member to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, JR’s legacy (in Italian).  Rome, Italy