August 13 - 14, 2020

How Cities Will Lead: Climate Change, Resilience & Equity

E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio and MSNBC.

July 16 - 17, 2020

​​How Satire Influences Culture….with an emphasis on politics

Eric K. Ward is the Executive Director of Western States Center, an organization that works with leaders throughout the United States to reduce inequality and advance opportunity. He is a civil rights strategist and national expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic institutions. A former officer of the Ford Foundation and a Senior Fellow of The Southern Poverty Law Center, he is the leading expert in the connection between Anti-Semitism and White Nationalism and how these twin phenomena are shaping America today.


Who are we, America?

​The Struggles That Unite Us

Bret Stephens is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. Previously, he was deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal, as well as the paper’s foreign-affairs columnist. He was formally editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at the age of 28. His many awards and distinctions include the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and three honorary doctorates. He is the author of the 2014 book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.

Mitch Landrieu served for 16 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives, two terms as Lieutenant Governor and two terms as Mayor of New Orleans. As Lieutenant Governor he led the effort to rebuild the state’s tourism industry and its job creation following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  While Mayor of New Orleans he moved the government from near bankruptcy to financial efficiency and accountability, and created the country’s first comprehensive resilience strategy for a city. He also served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was named, in a Politico survey of mayors, the leader who engineered the biggest turnaround. He now leads E Pluribus Unum, a social impact organization focused on addressing lasting issues of race and class in the South.

July 30 -31, 2020

Racism, Anti-Semitism and the

Struggle For An Inclusive Democracy

Frank Snowden is the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine at Yale University. His research interests include the comparative history of epidemic diseases, the history of public health, the impact of emerging diseases and issues in medical ethics. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, he has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Journal of the American Medical Association for his historical expertise. His most recent book is Epidemics and Society: From Black Death to the Present.

July 9 - 10, 2020

Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates

Can Unite to Save Our Country. 

Alan Zweibel, an original Saturday Night Live writer, has won five Emmy Awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Gary Shandling’s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays and won the Thurber Prize for his book, The Other Shulman: A Novel. His most recent book is Laugh Lines – My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier. The film, Here Today, which he co-wrote with Billy Crystal, will be released in theaters later this year.

John Fugelsang is a comedian, actor, political commentator and radio host. He was co-host of America’s Funniest Home Videos and appears frequently on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR. Currently he hosts a daily program called Tell Me Everything on SiriusXM Insight Channel. His new film Dream On, a road trip in search of the American Dream, was named Best Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival.

August 6 - 7, 2020

The Post-Covid World

July 23-24, 2020

How Epidemics Shape Society

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