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David Boies

  David Boies is a highly distinguished American trial lawyer who has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history. His book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Penguin),  offers a dramatic and up-close account of his…

Jessye Norman

  Jessye Norman has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful voices and one of the most versatile concert and operatic singers of her time. Her accolades and awards include five Grammys and thirty-eight honorary doctorates from institutions around…

Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner served as 75th Secretary of the Treasury and, in that office, played a central role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy during President Barack Obama’s first term. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President…

Philippe de Montebello

October 15, 2014- Philippe de Montebello – longest serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history…

Alain de Botton

  Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to art, architecture and philosophy, including The Art of Travel and How Proust Can Change Your Life. He founded The School of Life….

Chris Matthews

In Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (Simon & Schuster), Chris Matthews offers a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents- President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill- served together for the…

Pat Conroy

The author of the acclaimed novel The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide, and  South of Broad, Pat Conroy has penned a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini (Doubleday), delivering a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle, and…

john lewis, rachel maddow,

Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, John Lewis  has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations,…

Coach Rick Pitino

  Coach Pitino began a new era in University of Louisville men’s basketball when he was named head coach of the Cardinals in 2001. He is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four; the…

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels, a preeminent figure in the theological community, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University where she has taught since 1982. As a young researcher at Barnard College, Pagels’ groundbreaking findings were published in her…

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, author of  The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? (Viking), is a physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA. He is also the author…

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Viking), has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among…

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Penguin). Pinker earned a bachelor’s degree in experimental…

Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid, is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, and author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Viking). He was described by Christopher Hitchens as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter.” He is a regular…