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Friday, Nov. 13, President's Breakfast begins at 7:00AM

Terrence Roberts

Dr. Terrence J. Roberts is one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. As a 15-year-old eleventh grader, he joined eight other students and became one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated public high school in Little Rock. He is CEO of Terrence Roberts Consulting, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices in business and industry. In his first book, Lessons from Little Rock, Dr. Roberts describes his experience at Central High School and talks about the salient lessons to be learned from that episode. His second book, Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance seeks to guide the reader toward more socially responsible positions in life.

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Dr. Roberts's appearance is generously sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 10:15AM

Kara Cooney

Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA., specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaoh at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She also produced and hosted the comparative archaeology television series, Out of Egypt, with her husband, Neil Crawford for the Discovery Channel. The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt is Dr. Cooney’s first trade book, and it benefits from her immense knowledge of Egypt’s ancient history to craft an illuminating biography of its least well-known female king. As an archaeologist who spent years at various excavations in Egypt, she draws from the latest field research to fill in the gaps in the physical record of Hatshepsut. Dr. Cooney’s current research in coffin reuse, primarily focusing on the 20th Dynasty, is ongoing. Her research investigates the socioeconomic and political turmoil that have plagued the period, ultimately affecting funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt.

Photo by Mikel Healey.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 1:00PM

Rick Steves

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." Over the past 20 years, he has hosted more than 100 travel shows for public television. Mr. Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program. He is the author of Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how travel has broadened his own perspectives, and how it can be a significant source for peace and understanding in the world.

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Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:10AM

Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at

Ms. Draper's appearance is generously sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

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Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:40PM

Stephen Bradberry

As a community organizer in New Orleans, Stephen Bradberry organized low-income, displaced and returning working families to ensure their participation in the post-Katrina recovery process. Mr. Bradberry's grassroots efforts in support of the right of displaced persons to return to their city and to be treated with fairness and dignity, helped to ensure that marginalized communities had a voice in the recovery process. Under his direction, grassroots networks in New Orleans ran an 18-month campaign to turn the city of New Orleans' planning process around 180 degrees -- from plans turning the Lower Ninth Ward into wetlands to being a pilot neighborhood for the rebuilding process. In 2005 he became the first U.S. citizen to win the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Mr. Bradberry co-founded the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, a partnership of Gulf Coast community, faith, student, labor and human rights organizations and their national allies advocating for federal legislation to create living wage jobs for families to return home, rebuild their neighborhoods and restore the environment in communities still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. In response to the BP oil drilling disaster, he is advocating for federal initiatives that partner with affected communities, their local authorities and organizations to address the crisis affecting the health and livelihoods of thousands across the Gulf Coast.

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Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:05AM

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems -- hunger, drug addiction, immigration -- and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House. Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. Ms. Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.”

Free copies of Enrique's Journey will be available for those attending Ms. Nazario's talk, compliments of Penguin Random House, while supplies last.

Ms. Nazario's appearance is generously sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Friday, Nov. 13, 9:00AM

Rebecca Snedeker

Rebecca Snedeker is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work supports human rights, environmental justice, and creative expression in her native New Orleans. Most recently, she co-authored Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a book of 22 imaginative maps and essays, with Rebecca Solnit. Ms. Snedeker has produced several feature documentaries that take place in New Orleans, including By Invitation Only (PBS), Witness: Katrina (National Geographic Channel), and Land of Opportunity (ARTE). She is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and serves on the Steering Committee of New Day Films.

Friday, Nov. 13, 11:10AM
with Clifton Truman Daniel, Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:15AM

Masahiro Sasaki

Masahiro Sasaki was born in 1941 in the Kusunokicho neighborhood of Hiroshima. On August 6, 1945, the Sasaki family became hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors: Masahiro, his 2-year-old sister Sadako (model for the statue at the Children’s Peace Memorial in Hiroshima), his mother and his grandmother were at their home 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) from the hypocenter and his father returned to the city the following day. Ten years later, Masahiro’s sister Sadako died of leukemia caused by the atomic bomb. Masahiro, along with Sadako’s classmates, raised funds for the establishment of the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima. Mr. Sasaki later founded the Sadako Legacy to extend Sadako’s message of “omoiyari no kokoro,” or compassionate heart, as an agent of peace and reconciliation. He has donated the original origami cranes to the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York, the European Peace Museum in Burgenland Province, Austria, and the National Park Service/WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor. In 2013 Mr. Sasaki and his son,Yuji, visited Iran, where they again appealed for peace by donating of one of Sadako’s cranes. Today, he continues to speak about human rights and Sadako’s “omoiyari no kokoro” (compassionate heart) legacy for local governments, civic organizations, schools and other groups throughout Japan.

Mr. Sasaki's appearance is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Japan Society of New York.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:15AM

Clifton Truman Daniel

Clifton Truman Daniel is a grandson of President Harry S Truman and his wife, Bess. He is the son of author Margaret Truman and former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO. He is the author of Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943. He is working on a book on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mr. Daniel's appearance is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Japan Society of New York.

To see a video of Mr. Daniel reflecting on his trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2012, click here.

 Friday, Nov. 13, 11:00AM

Lisa Gibbs

Jan L. Tucker Memorial Lecture

Lisa Gibbs is Deputy Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne.  She leads a range of large, complex community-based public health studies exploring sociocultural and environmental influences on health and wellbeing.  Most recently she has focused on leading a disaster preparedness and recovery research program, with a particular interest in issues and opportunities for children and youth within the disaster research program.

 Friday, Nov. 13, 10:05AM


Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel

Photojournalist Peter Menzel is known for his coverage of international feature stories on food issues, culture, science, and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Stern, and GEO. He has received both World Press and Picture of the Year awards and has authored seven books, most recently, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, with his wife Faith D’Aluisio. To see samples of his photography, click here

Faith D’Aluisio, a former television news producer, is editor and lead writer for the award-winning Material World Books series. She and Peter Menzel received the James Beard Foundation Award in 1999 for Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food, for Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects. In 2005 the James Beard Foundation awarded their book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats Best Book of the Year and Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food.

Faith D'Aluisio's and Peter Menzel's appearance is generously sponsored by Social Studies School Service.

Friday, Nov. 13, 9:00AM

David Crane

Professor Crane is a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law, where he also earned his Juris Doctor degree. There he teaches International Criminal Law, International Law, and National Security as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone by then Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Through 2005 Professor Crane prosecuted those who bore the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990s. He was the first American Chief Prosecutor at an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert H. Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945.

Friday, Nov. 13, 3:20PM

Michael A. Ross

Professor Michael Ross teaches at the University of Maryland at College Park, specializing in the Civil War Era and U.S. Legal History. His new book The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era is the story of a sensational trial that riveted the South during one of the most pivotal moments in the history of U.S. race relations. The book won the 2014 Kemper Williams Prize. Professor Ross is also the author of the prize-winning book Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and Supreme Court during the Civil War Era as well as numerous articles in academic journals (four of which have won “best article” prizes). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Supreme Court History and has served as historical advisor to the United States Mint.

To learn more about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case, click here.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2:15PM

Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte

"Double or Nothing: The Epic Acquisition of the Louisiana Territory"
With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States purchased approximately 828,000 square miles of territory from France, thereby doubling the size of the young republic. The acquisition of the Louisiana Territory for the bargain price of less than three cents an acre was among Jefferson’s most notable achievements as president. Napoleon's plans to re-establish France in the New World were unraveling. France could not afford to send forces to occupy the entire Mississippi Valley, so why not abandon the idea of empire in America and sell the territory to the United States? Emmy Award-winning Louisiana Public Television broadcaster Charlie Whinham will moderate a discussion between President Jefferson and the Emperor Napoleon considering the issues of land, trade, politics, and the consequential circumstances of the education and citizenship of the people in the newly acquired territory.

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