Michèle Lamont explained how destigmatization happens on a societal level and how particular strategies may help marginalized groups to achieve greater inclusivity. At the same time, she asked all of us to broaden our conception of how inclusion is created and to participate in making spaces for more inclusion.
Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author or coauthor of a dozen books and edited volumes and over one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. She is working on a book on social change and repertoires of hope.
Dr Adam Levy is a science journalist and climate change communicator. They have produced award winning scientific films and podcasts for publications such as Nature, Scientific American and PBS. They have a doctorate in atmospheric physics, and created ClimateAdam, a YouTube channel that makes climate change engaging and accessible. Adam has hosted interviews for Falling Walls since 2016, but this is the first year they have had the opportunity to speak with each and every winner.