Ross Gregory Douthat is an American political analyst and author. In 2009, he became the youngest regular op-ed writer and conservative voice on The New York Times editorial page. Before joining The New York Times, Douthat was a senior editor at The Atlantic.  His book Grand New Party, which he co-wrote with Reihan Salem, was described by journalist David Brooks as the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head.” In his most recent book, Decadent Society: How We Became Victims of Our Own Success, Douthat explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases to advance and how technical proficiency with economic stagnation, gridlocked political system, and demographic decline combine to create a unique civilization crisis. He was one of the original cohosts, for the New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument, and is the current film critic for National Review.

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Linda Greenhouse is a senior research scholar in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times for nearly 30 years and currently writes opinion pieces for The Times and other publications. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her career including the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Harvard University Kennedy School (2004). She is the author of six books including a memoir, Just a Journalist (2017). Her latest book, published in November 2021, is Justice on The Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court.

Clint Watts is a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University and a Distinguished Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute. His writings and research focus on terrorism, counterterrorism, social media influence and Russian disinformation. He is perhaps best known for testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the involvement of Russian hackers in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. His articles have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. He is a national security contributor for NBC News, MSNBC and other media outlets. In his first book entitled Messing With The Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians and Fake News, Watts examines the rise of social media influence.

Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Neurology, the Cora Kanow Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, a Distinguished Mayo Clinic Investigator and currently the Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. He has served on the National Advisory Council on Aging and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging, the Board of Directors of the national Alzheimer’s Association, and has chaired the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and the World Dementia Council. Dr. Petersen is a recipient of the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Disorders of the American Academy of Neurology. He has published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed papers and edited five books on aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A veteran diplomat, he played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process during both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, and facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty. Ambassador Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, the Middle East, and international relations. His most recent book, co-written with David Makovsky, is Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny

Mark Bittman has been a leading voice in global food culture and policy for more than three decades. He has written more than 20 books, including the How to Cook Everything series, Food Matters, and two books in 2021: Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food from Sustainable to Suicidal, which The New York Times called “epic and engrossing,” and Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole Grain Baking for Every Day, with Kerri Conan. Bittman spent three decades at the Times, where he created “The Minimalist,” and for five years was the Sunday Magazine’s lead food writer, becoming the country's first weekly opinion writer at a major publication to concentrate on food. His 2007 Ted Talk, “What’s Wrong with What We Eat,” has been viewed five million times. He is a fellow at Yale and serves on the faculty of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and has received six James Beard Awards, four IACP Awards, and numerous other honors.

July 28-29:

ROSS GREGORY DOUTHAT
THE STATE OF AMERICAN POLITICS

July 7-8:

AMBASSADOR DENNIS ROSS
THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER UKRAINE

July 14-15:

​​DR. RONALD C. PETERSEN
HOW MUCH FORGETFULNESS IS TOO MUCH?ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE 2022

August 11-12:

LINDA GREENHOUSE
THE YEAR THAT BROKE THE SUPREME COURT

August 4-5

MARK BITTMAN
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE FOOD SYSTEM
AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

July 21-22:

CLINT WATTS

​DISPERCEPTION: THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF YOUR MIND