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Friday, November 30

Sylvia Acevedo

8:00 am to 8:20 am
Crystal Ballroom B, Lobby Level, West Tower
   

Sylvia Acevedo is an award-winning entrepreneur who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing one of society's most vexing challenges--universal access to education.  She currently serves as CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States.  Ms. Acevedo started her career at the Jet Propulsion Labs, where she worked on the Voyager mission's fly-by of Jupiter and its moons, and the Solar Polar/Probe missions.  She holds a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from Stanford University, where she was one of the first Hispanics, male or female. to have earned a graduate engineering degree.  She currently serves as a commissioner on the White House Intiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and is a national expert in mobilizing communities to increase family engagement in education.  She established distribution programs that provided over 250,000 books to families, many of which were the first books in their home.  Seeing children struggling to achieve academically due to dental or untreated vision issues, Ms. Acevedo led a community collaboration that distributed over 25,000 toothbrushes and thousands of pairs of glasses over a three-year period to children who needed their vision corrected.

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Anthony Ray Hinton

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Crystal Ballroom C, Lobby Level, West Tower
    Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly thirty years on death row in Alabama for murders he didn't commit. With the help of Bryan Stevenson (founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative), Hinton was exonerated and finally released from prison in April 2015. His memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, is his harrowing first-person account of his time in prison and eventual release. Mr. Hinton, who lectures frequently on prison reform, the death penalty, and the power of faith and forgiveness, lives in Alabama. 

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Keating Crown

10:15 am to 11:15 am

    On September 11, 2001, Keating Crown was in his office on the 100th floor of the South Tower when the North Tower was hit. As he attempted to evacuate the building, he reached the 78th floor when the airplane hit the South Tower from floors 78-84. He was fortunate to survive the impact and find his way to the stairwell.  Despite his injuries, he reached the ground level, where he was evacuated and taken to the hospital.  AON Corporation lost 176 people on September 11th, seven of whom were in the Financial Services Group.   Mr. Crown is now a Principal with Sterling Bay Companies in Chicago, primarily focused on new Real Estate Acquisitions and Development as well as strategic capital pursuits and relationships. He is actively involved in charity work, serving on the Trinity College Board of Visitors for Duke University, Lead the Way Fund Advisory Committee, and the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, among others.  Mr. Crown's appearance is generously sponsored by 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

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Peter Sagal

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    For the past twenty years, Peter Sagal has hosted the NPR news-quiz show Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!, heard by more than 3 million people every week, broadcast on 450 public radio stations nationwide and via a popular podcast. The show received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2008, the same year it celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The hour-long program has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events. Mr. Sagal is a noted playwright, author, actor, and essayist.  He also worked as an extra in a Michael Jackson video and a ghostwriter for a former adult film impresario. He is the host of the PBS series Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.  The show follows him as he travels across the country--on a Harley Davidson Road King--to find out where the Constitution lives, how it works, its history and its vital relevance today.

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Alex Wagner

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
   

Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime's The Circus and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic. She was formerly the host of MSNBC's Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner.  She is also the author of FutureFace: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging.

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Saturday, December 1

Susan Hood

9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Susan Hood is an award-winning author of more than 200 books for young readers, including Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay and Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. She is the recipient of the 2017 E.B. White Honor Award, the 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Américas Award and the 2017 Bank Street Flora Steiglitz Straus Award given annually to a distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration to young people. Prior to becoming an full-time author, Susan was a children's book and magazine editor at Scholastic and Sesame Workshop, and the Children's Content Director of Nick Jr. Magazine. Lifeboat 12 is her first middle grade novel, based on a true but little-known World War II story Susan discovered in family letters home. Visit her at SusanHoodBooks.com

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Khizr Khan

11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, a graduate of the University of Virginia and its ROTC program, was killed in 2004 while stopping a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Mr. Khan holds a BA degree from Punjab University, an LLB from Punjab University Law College, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Washington, DC State Bar, the New York State Bar, and the American Bar Association. His legal practice focuses on complex civil litigation, electronic discovery, health privacy compliance law, and civil rights and veterans' rights advocacy. He is the author of An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream, and This Is Our Constitution, a book for young people about the Constitution.

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Hall Davidson

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and departments of education. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to become part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. For forty years, he has been an educational innovator in important waves of change, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning. He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation's oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning.

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Kenneth C. Davis

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    Kenneth C. Davis is The New York Times bestselling author of America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About History, along with other books for adults and children in the Don't Know Much About series.  He published In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, his first work of narrative nonfiction for Young Adults in 2016.  His latest book for Young Adults is More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, and other national publications.  A frequent media guest, Mr. Davis has appeared on CNN, Today, Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, and numerous radio shows, including NPR's All Things Considered, Diane Rehm Show, and Here & Now.  During the past seven years in his outreach to teachers and students, he has visited more than 200 classrooms around the country via Skype, discussing the critical connection between past and present, linking history and the headlines. 

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Eric Liu

5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur.  He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs (citizenuniversity.us).  He is also executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program.  His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, co-authored with Nick Hanauer.  His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race.  His most recent book is You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen.  Mr. Liu served as White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser.  He lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts Citizen University TV, an award-winning television program about civic power. Mr. Liu's appearance is generously sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.

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Sunday, December 2

Jose Antonio Vargas

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
    Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants.  He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation's leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling.  In 2011, The New York Times Magazine published an essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.  He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience.  He also produced and directed the Emmy-nominated special White People, on what it means to be young and white in a demographically-changing America.  His newly-published memoir is Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen.

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