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Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

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Incisive talks on the most
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Incisive talks on the most
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Incisive talks on the most
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Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

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Incisive talks on the most
important questions of our time

Events

Mark Hixon

Mark Hixon

October 3, 2019 | Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology

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David Wallace-Wells

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

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Lita M. Proctor

Inaugural Coordinator of the NIH’s $215 million Human Microbiome Project

Megan Wheeler

Megan Wheeler

January 27, 2020 | Cognitive neuroscientist and Executive Director of Schmidt Science Fellows

Tim Wu

Tim Wu

February 20, 2020 | The New York Times columnist and author of The Attention Merchants and The Curse of Bigness

Notable Past Speakers

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

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

Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan

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

Sheena Iyengar

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

David Cole

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

Janet Mock

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.

Christopher Field

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

Eric Shinseki

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

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Lonnie Bunch

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

Renowned professor of engineering and award-winning author of 19 books.

Henry Petroski

Renowned professor of engineering and award-winning author of 19 books.

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Vivek Murthy

Surgeon General of the United States.

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Sacha Pfeiffer

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

Ai-jen Poo

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

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder, Black Lives Matter Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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Mark Bittman

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

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Sam Kass

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

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Jose Antonio Vargas

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

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Theda Skocpol

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

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Van Jones

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

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Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel laureate, University Professor of Economics at Columbia.

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