Summer Institute forums are held on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven (unless otherwise noted).

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Nicco Mele, Director of Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Policy at the Kennedy School. He is an entrepreneur who looks at how technology has affected how people see the world and find satisfaction in life.


Marvin Kalb, is one of the world’s foremost scholars on Russia, Putin and the Ukraine. He is currently at the Brookings Institution and a con-tributor to National Public Radio. Kalb was an award-winning reporter for CBS News and NBC News and was host of Meet the Press. He currently hosts The Kalb Report, a monthly discussion of media ethics and responsibility at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Bioethicist Ruth Faden, is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. An international expert on the ethics of science, global justice and food policy, she will discuss provocative challenges that affect the Vineyard, and the world.


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David Cohen, who served from 2015-2017 as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; from 2011 to 2015 as the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence; and from 2009 to 2011 as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing. He “followed the money” carefully, which led to numerous intelligence gains and his promotion to the CIA.


Steve Rattner, the “car tsar,” and a frequent guest on Morning Joe, helped the Obama team re-organize the car industry when it and the economy were on the brink of collapse, has been on Wall Street and seen it from the inside. Republicans claim leadership, but democrats strongly object. We’ll see what his point of view will be and how our economics will impact the short-term elections.