Can't Believe You Asked That
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Can't Believe You Asked That

De Forest, Wisconsin, United States

De Forest, Wisconsin, United States
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"The program was a huge success."

The program was a huge success. The students learned a lot and brought back to campus a commitment to ask the difficult questions despite their apprehension.
- California Lutheran University

"He got the audience (350 plus people) talking and thinking!"

I thought it was very good! He definitely got the audience (350 plus people) talking and thinking! - Bridgewater University

"It was very, very good."

It was very, very good. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you so much! - U Memphis

"Everything went wonderfully."

Everything went wonderfully. He had the audience engaged and talking. I have heard a student in the halls telling another student what they missed. I am encouraging the next Lecture Programmer to bring him back and If I am hired on EWU’s Activities Board I will invite him there. The students wanted a discussion like this on our campus. Milano was a cool guy, I even had a fun conversation in the car with him.
- Spokane Falls CC

"Philip's program was sooooo awesome!"

Philip's program was sooooo awesome! The students really enjoyed it and I was really happy with the results. Thank you so much for your work on helping to get Phillip Milano here.
- Christopher Newport University

"Program sparked lots of meaningful dialogue on campus!"

I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming to Alfred, or the “little apple” of New York, as I have come to think of it. Your presentation was extremely well-received by students, faculty, and staff, and has sparked lots of meaningful dialogue on campus!

Thank you again for coming to campus: We really appreciate your time, energy, and insights, and wish you the best on all current and future endeavors!
- Alfred State University

"This unique presentation was thought provoking."

Phillip's program went very well. The cool part of the program was the part that Phillip was probably not able to see. Throughout the week, before he came to campus, students began to ask each other questions about life and each other. It was like the heart of Phillip's message could be sparked by just talking about an event like this. Overall students really seemed to enjoy it. This unique presentation was thought provoking, yet dealt with the important issues of asking questions and learning more about the unknown. Thanks for working with Whitworth University to make this program a success! - Whitworth University


Phillip and the event were WONDERFUL! Very engaging, informative and interesting. Had many evening class students glued to their seats--- a first for my evening programs! So well done. - Schenectady County Community College

"All enjoyed the program!"

Our students really enjoyed the discussion with Mr. Milano. He came prepared with a full (and very well-done) powerpoint presentation. He began his presentation lecturing and flipping through slides...but a good 20 minutes into it...the students began raising their hands and asking questions...which lead to some great discussion. Phillip's role kind of went from presenter to facilitator in no time flat! The discussion about race got so in depth that he went over his slotted time! His presentation is very informational and classy. He discusses
topics that can be taboo in a very tactful manner. In all...faculty, staff, and especially students all enjoyed the program - Monroe Community College

"Awesome experience"

I wanted to say thank you for such an all-around awesome experience. Your presentation was great! All the students I spoke with following your talk loved it. It was insightful, thought-provoking, provocative, fun, and funny. You've got a real gem, and I hope that you'll be able to continue writing your column regardless of what the naysayers threaten. I wish you and your family all the best. - Central College

"Excellent presentation"

I wanted to express my appreciation for Phillip Milano's excellent presentation as a keynote speaker at our Diversity Day program at Florida International University. He has a very natural, engaging presentation style and the students found it easy to relate to him. The questions and replies from were very well-received. The presentation was filled with humor and it led to thought-provoking discussion. The intention of our program was to help our students learn to ask and answer questions about our cultural, racial, religious and other differences. For this purpose, Phillip was an ideal choice. Prior to the program, Phillip visited one of our graduate classes and was especially successful in getting the students to participate in an interesting exchange about cultural differences. He is able to take a very sensitive subject and make it safe for discussion. This is my favorite way to encourage the students to open their minds to new ideas. - Florida International University



Honored in 2006 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York for outstanding coverage of race and ethnicity, for the Dare to Ask column. Only a few selected writers are honored each year.

- In 2001 was among three individuals citywide to be honored by the Jacksonville Urban League with an Equal Opportunity Award, for commitment to promoting diversity in journalism.

Selected in 1998, 1999 and 2000 to be the national chairman of the Recruitment and Youth Development Committee of the Newspaper Association of America's Diversity Board. The NAA is the umbrella organization for all newspapers in the United States.



The program format is a discussion with the audience after each question is posed. There was not enough time in the 3 minutes to show that. The speaker really facilitates a back and forth discussion on various issues, focusing on race and culture.

* What do blind people "see" in their dreams?
* Why do black people get to use the N-word?
* Does size really matter?

Ever wondered something about someone of another race, gender or culture but were just too afraid or embarrassed to ask? Nationally recognized diversity advocate Phillip Milano says, go ahead. Ask! Milano, author of I Can't Believe You Asked That! (Perigee), writer of the weekly newspaper column "Dare To Ask" and founder of the ground-breaking YFORUM.COM, brings his no-holds-barred program about race, sex, religion - and more - to college campuses. His take-no-prisoners presentations tear off the blinders of decorum, re-awakening our child-like curiosity and giving us the tools we need to discuss taboo topics we're dying to know about each other. It's a powerful experience that has audiences not only rolling in the aisles, but questioning their own biases and gaining profound new insights into themselves and others., the daring cyberspace cultural conversation that started it all, invites users to ask and answer touchy questions, without fear of judgment. Since 1998, 10 million people have visited the site, contributing tens of thousands of postings, which Phillip supplements with answers from experts. His project has been lauded by hundreds of national and foreign media, including USA Today, The New York Times, CNN, FOX News, BET, CBS, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Playboy, Air America Radio, the BBC, Le Monde, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, The (London) Guardian, Boston Globe and many more. Phillip Milano is author of "I Can't Believe You Asked That!" (Perigee), writer of the "Dare To Ask" column and founder of The veteran newspaper editor is also creator of The National Diversity Newspaper Job Bank and is former chair of the Recruitment and Youth Development Committee of The Newspaper Association of America's Diversity Board. Phillip received his MBA from Northern Illinois University and bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.