Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People,” a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Helen Zia will present a talk titled, “From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality: Reflections on Hate Violence, Human Rights and Interconnectedness 30 Years After”. She is also co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of “My Country Versus Me,” which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.” Zia is former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies. She was named one of the most influential Asian Americans of the decade by A. Magazine. Zia has received numerous journalism awards for her ground-breaking stories; her investigation of date rape at the University of Michigan led to campus demonstrations and an overhaul of its policies, while her research on women who join neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations provoked new thinking on the relationship between race and gender violence in hate crimes.