Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is the executive director of WITNESS. Founded in 1992, WITNESS is a nonprofit organization that partners with more than 300 on the ground activist groups in over 80 countries by providing cutting-edge technology and media resources to promote justice and policy reform. Prior to her role at WITNESS, Ms. Alberdingk Thijm worked […]

Madeline DeLone is the executive director of The Innocence Project, a national organization that uses litigation to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing. The organization also advocates for public policy reforms to prevent the criminal justice system from incarcerating innocent people. Founded in 1992, The Innocence Project’s work has led to the exoneration of […]

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams represents the 45th New York City Council district in Brooklyn. He has been a vocal leader for police reform and affordable housing. He authored New York City’s Community Safety Act, which banned racial profiling by New York Police Department officers and established an independent inspector general for the Department. He […]

Peter Hitchens is an English journalist and author who has published six books, including “The Abolition of Britain,” “The War We Never Fought,” and “The Rage Against God.” In addition, he writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington. Widely known for his powerful rhetorical and argumentative style, Hitchens has published many polemical works and been […]

Richard Culatta is the current Chief Innovation Officer of Rhode Island. A Rhode Island native, he was previously Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education under the Obama Administration. Previously, he was education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray and Chief Technology Officer at CIA University. This year, […]

Corey Flintoff studied English literature at University of California, Berkeley and Renaissance Drama at the University of Chicago before “falling in” to public broadcasting at a small station in his home state of Alaska. Flintoff moved to National Public Radio in 1990, serving as a foreign correspondent in such places as New Delhi and Moscow. […]

Lee Dunn was recently named the head of White House strategy and outreach at Google. Before that, she was the head of Google’s Republican Elections team, which works to help Republican candidates devise and implement their online strategies. She previously worked for almost a decade as a top aide for Senator John McCain, including during […]

Christina Lamb is the bestselling author of I am Malala, Farewell Kabul, and The Africa House, as well as one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents. She currently writes for the the Sunday Times as a foreign affairs correspondent and is also a Global Fellow for the Wilson Center for International Affairs. She was awarded the […]

Joel Charny ‘75 is the founding director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) USA, an independent humanitarian organization based in Oslo dedicated to assisting refugees and internally displaced persons in need. The NRC reported that the UK gave £16 million in aid to Somalia, a country currently experiencing its worst drought in 20 years. Do you […]

Photo Credit: Nina SubinRon Chernow is a best-selling author and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his biography of George Washington. His biography of Alexander Hamilton served as the source material for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”Much of your early work focused on financial history. Are there any lessons that are particularly relevant to […]

Marilynne Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist, best known for her novels Gilead and Housekeeping as well as her writings on modern Christianity. She was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in 2016 and graduated from Brown University in 1966. Robinson currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. What do you think […]