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. For online ticket purchases to speaker events, visit ticketsmv.com.
Washington Transformation? Politics, Policies, Prospects
Stanley Fischer is vice chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve. Before his appointment to the board, he was governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 through 2013 and vice chairman of Citigroup from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Fischer served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund from September 1994 through August 2001. From January 1988 to August 1990, he was the chief economist of the World Bank. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, and taught economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1973 to 1999.
Allen Sinai, a pioneer in the field of quantitative macroeconomics, has been an adviser to multiple facets of the U.S. government including presidential administrations and congressional committees. He is CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Global Economist and Strategist of Decision Economics, an advisory firm with offices in New York, London, Boston and Chicago. He was Chief Economist at Lehman Brothers and The Boston Company from 1983 to 1996.
Ken Adelman is a Renaissance man, having been a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Arms Control Director for Ronald Reagan, professor of Shakespeare at Georgetown University, and author of six books, most recently Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War. From 1975 to 1977, he was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He served on the Defense Policy Board during the George W. Bush Administration and the Board of the National Center for Counter-Terrorism during the Obama Administration. Ambassador Adelman was national editor of Washingtonian magazine for 20 years.
In Search of Unbiased Reporting
Helen Boaden’s career as a journalist and media executive dates to 1979, when she started as a reporter with the New York radio station WBAI. Returning to her native England, she joined the BBC in 1983 and worked as a news producer, reporter and editor, serving as the BBC’s first female Head of Current Affairs in 1997 and controller of Radio 4 in 2000. She was appointed director of BBC News in 2004, a position she held for a decade. She has won awards for BBC programs on AIDS in Africa, on bullying at one of England’s largest juvenile institutions, and for her work on safety standards in the oil industry. She has received honorary degrees from Suffolk College, the University of Sussex, and the University of York.
U.S. Science: Underfunded Asset
Dr. Eric D. Isaacs
Dr. Eric D. Isaacs, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago, is the university’s Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Before taking on that role in July of 2016, he was the university’s Provost for two years; from 2009 to 2014, he was the director of Argonne National Laboratory. Under his leadership, Argonne’s researchers focused on solving the grand scientific and engineering challenges of our time – particularly the vital national priority of developing game-changing sustainable energy technologies.
A fellow of the American Physical Society, he has served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. Dr. Isaacs is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and presentations.
July 27 --At the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown
The Secretary’s Perspective:
The US Role in a Tumultuous World
John F. Kerry
With Q&A moderated by Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.
John F. Kerry served as the United States’ 68th Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017, during the second presidential term of Barack Obama. From 1985 to 2013, he served Massachusetts for five terms in the U.S. Senate, chairing the Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. He was the Democratic nominee in the presidential election of 2004, losing to the incumbent, George W. Bush. He received Foreign Policy magazine’s Diplomat of the Year Award in 2015, primarily for his work negotiating the nuclear treaty with Iran. Shortly after he stepped down as Secretary of State this January, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced that Secretary Kerry will be joining them as a visiting distinguished statesman. Born Dec. 11, 1943, he is a graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School.
How Did It Happen? The Election of 2016
Beth Myers, currently a principal of The Shawmut Group, a public affairs consulting firm, has a long history of involvement in public issues and campaigns. Most recently, she was campaign manager for Mitt Romney's presidential race and before that served as his chief of staff through all four years of the Romney governorship. She also spent a stint as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Treasurer Joe Malone, and worked on Malone's 1998 campaign for governor. Myers was graduated from Tufts University and received a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University School of Law.
David Plouffe is a political strategist and longtime Democratic Party campaign consultant best known as the campaign manager for Barack Obama's successful 2008 presidential campaign. He was an outside advisor to Obama since the President's first day in office and served as Senior Advisor to the President from 2011 to 2013, succeeding David Axelrod. From September 2014 to May 2015, he was Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy for the transportation network company Uber. This January, he joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead the policy and advocacy efforts of the Initiative, which is devoted to advancing human potential and promoting equality.
Thieves of State: How Global Corruption Undermines Us
Sarah Chayes, a Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. An award-winning former NPR correspondent, entrepreneur with ten years’ experience in Afghanistan, foreign policy expert and advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she is the author most recently of Thieves of State, an “Editor’s Choice” book of The New York Times.