Open Society Institute–Baltimore 20th Anniversary with Vanita Gupta

This is the first of three special events marking Open Society Institute–Baltimore’s 20th Anniversary.

The featured speaker will be Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former director of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she oversaw the investigation of the Baltimore Police Department and the negotiation of the consent decree with the City of Baltimore. Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and member of Open Society Institute–Baltimore's Advisory Board, will introduce her.

We will also honor Baltimore City health commissioner Leana Wen and Morgan State University assistant professor and Open Society Institute–Baltimore Community Fellow alumni Lawrence Brown, two individuals who have lived the values of Open Society Institute–Baltimore's tagline, “Bold Thinking, Strategic Action, Justice for All.” The event will also feature performances by poet and 2015 Open Society Institute–Baltimore Community Fellow Brion Gill and Baltimore Dance Crews Project, founded by 2015  Open Society Institute–Baltimore Community Fellow Brian Gerardo.


  • Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
  • Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years.


  • Leana Wen is the commissioner of health for the City of Baltimore.
  • Lawrence Brown is an assistant professor at Morgan State University.


Tickets for this event are required. Please RSVP to attend.

Date: June 13, 2018
Time: 7:008:30 p.m.

Baltimore Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact info:

Bobbi Nicotera, [email protected], +410-234-1091