state capital building

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

sunset reflection on mirrored building

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

ala moana beach park photo

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

botany students in the lab

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

kids walking on a hill

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

UH students graduating

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

temporary construction fence painting of landscape

Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

Events

TBA | Award-winning poet and author of Dog Road Woman, Blood Run, and Burn

August 27, 2020 | Acclaimed UCLA historian and author of Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

September 9, 2020 | Georgetown law professor and the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men.

September 24, 2020 | Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter and Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals

October 21, 2020 | Harvard economist and a former director of the Taubman Center

Notable Past Speakers

David Wallace-Wells photo

January 14, 2020 | Deputy Editor at New York magazine and author of The Uninhabitable Earth

September 19, 2019 | Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and MacArthur genius fellow.

michael bennet portrait

Defensive end with the New England Patriots, and author of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.

Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale and the author of Mapping the Heavens

Social psychologist Sheena Iyengar is one of the world’s leading experts on choice

David Cole is the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Janet Mock is an author, TV personality and one of the nation’s most important advocates for transgender rights.

Director of Stanford’s Woods Institute and leading author of IPCC climate reports

First Asian American 4-star general and former Secretary for Veteran’s Affairs

Lonnie Bunch Headshot

Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Vivek Murthy portrait

Surgeon General of the United States.

Sacha Pfeiffer portrait

Pulitzer-prize winning reporter on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, author of Betrayed: The Crisis in the Catholic Church (2003).

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MacArthur fellow, author of The Age of Dignity (2015).

Mark Bittman portrait

New York Times food writer, author of twenty books, including How to Cook Everything (1998).

Sam Kass portrait

NBC News analyst, Director, Let’s Move!, White House Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy (2009-2014).

Jose Vargas portrait

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Founder and CEO, Define American.

Theda Skocpol portrait

Harvard professor of Government, Johan Skytte Prize winner, member National Academy of Sciences.

Van Jones portrait

CNN commentator, White House green jobs advisor (2009), author of Rebuild the Dream (2012).

Joseph Stiglitz portrait

Nobel laureate, University Professor of Economics at Columbia.