2018 Topics

Preliminary Topics and Sessions for KentPresents 2018:

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

PANELS

• China and The U.S. at Odds
• The Cyber War
• Middle East in Turmoil
• North Korea vs. The U.S.
• Russia on Top

SPEAKERS

Nicholas Burns, Former Ambassador, NATO
Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations
Christopher Hill, Former Ambassador, South Korea
Robert Hormats, Former Under Secretary of State, Economic Growth, Energy and Environment
Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State
Michael Kramer, Playwright, Political columnist, Author
Jay Kriegel Senior Advisor, Related Companies
Safwan Masri, EVP Global, Columbia University
Jessica Mathews, Former President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David Sanger, The New York Times
Lesley Stahl 60 Minutes, News Correspondent
William Taubman Professor of History, Amherst College
Frank Wisner, Career Ambassador


ECONOMICS AND EDUCATION

PANELS

• Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cybercurrencies
• Charter vs. Public Schools
• Cities of The Future
• Universities and Free Expression

SPEAKERS

Carol Burris, Executive Director, Network Public Education
Dan Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs
Douglas Harris, Professor of Economics, Tulane University
Sarah Moser, Professor of Geography, McGill University
Neha Narula, Digital Currency, MIT
Kai Stinchcombe, CEO, True Link
Robert Zimmer, President University of Chicago


HEALTH AND FOOD

PANELS

In A Different Key: The Story of Autism
• Immunotherapy: New Hope for Cancer
• Molecular Gastronomy
• Psychedelics: How to Change Your Mind

SPEAKERS

Luis Diaz, Memorial Sloane Kettering, Immunotherapy
John Donvan, ABC Correspondent
Stefanie Joho, Patient Advocacy
Corby Kummer, Editor, The Atlantic
Harold McGee, Food writer, Author
Michael Pollan, Food activist
Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate
Caren Zucker, Journalist, Producer


SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT

PANELS

• 3D Printing and Nanomaterials: Their Time is Now
• The Technological Revolution in the Automotive Industry
• Designer Babies, Future Families, Biological Truths and Legal Fictions
• The Big Picture on Life, Meaning and the Universe
• Storage: The Holy Grail for Sustainable Energy
• Why Evolution is True, And Why Most Americans Reject It
• The (Felicitous) Future of Conservation
• Planet 9: The Race Is On To Find It
The Wizard and The Prophet

SPEAKERS

Konstantin Batygin, Caltech Astrophysicist
Sean Carroll, Caltech Cosmologist
Alta Charo, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin
Jerry Coyne, Evolutionary biologist
Joe DeSimone, CEO, Carbon Inc.
Julia Greer, Professor, Caltech
Charles C. Mann, Author
Rob Piconi CEO, Energy Vault
Akshat Rathi, Journalist, specializing in science, energy and the environment
Mark Reuss EVP, General Motors
Joe Walston, Wildlife Conservation Society
Ken Washington, CTO, Ford Motors


LAW AND POLITICS

PANELS

• The Future of the Democratic Party
• The Future of the Republican Party
• Trump vs. His Own Justice Department
• Where is the Supreme Court Headed?

SPEAKERS

Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Charles Blow,
The New York Times
Kristen Clarke, Lawyers' Committee
Samuel Issacharoff, Professor of Law, NYU
Jeh Johnson, Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Mitch Landrieu, Former Mayor, New Orleans
Trevor Morrison, Dean, NYU School of Law
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
Jim Zirin,
Lawyer, Author


SOCIAL ISSUES

PANELS

• Guns in America
• How We Got to "Post-Truth" America
• Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Era of the #MeToo Movement
• The Social Media Crisis
• Wrongful Convictions in The Post-DNA Era

SPEAKERS

Kurt Andersen, Studio 360 host , Author
Lisa Bloom, Civil Rights Attourney
Marjory Fisher, Title IX Coordinator, Columbia University
Margot Hirsch, President, Smart Tech Challenges Foundation
Robert Jones, Exoneree, Innocence Project
Roger McNamee, Investor, Social Media Activist
Nina Morrison, Senior Staff Attorney, Innocence Project
Cal Newport, Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University
Joe Nocera, Columnist, Bloomberg
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Faye Wattleton, Former President, Planned Parenthood
Ekow Yankah, Professor, Cardozo School of Law


HUMANITIES, VISUAL ARTS AND PERFORMING ARTS

PANELS

• Origami: The Art and The Science From a Master
• Jasper Johns: Infinitely Shaded
• "You Never Know": The Work of Diane Arbus
• Greek to Him: An Odyssey
• Pilobolus Dance: Adventurous, Adaptive, Athletic, Surprising
• The Contemporary Art World; The Good, The Bad and The Very Bad; Tips, Lessons and Warnings
• The Whitney Women and The Museum They Made

SPEAKERS

Flora Biddle, Former President, Whitney Museum of American Art
Fiona Donovan, Teacher, Writer
Carter Foster, Blanton Museum of Art
Jeffrey Fraenkel,
Fraenkel Gallery
Robert Lang, Origami master
Wynton Marsalis, Jazz musician, Educator
Daniel Mendelsohn, Author, Critic
Wardell Milan, Visual Artist
Jerry Saltz,
Art critic, New York Magazine
Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art