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Campus Reads............................................3 Leadership & Involvement.........................6 Environment & Sustainability.......................9 Global Issues...............................................11 Health & Wellness......................................16 Media & Social Media.............................18 National Issues............................................22 Pop Culture.................................................26 Science & Technology..............................32 Index...........................................................34 American Program Bureau has a long history of providing niche programming and personalized speaker recommendations. We pride ourselves on being one of the only speakers bureaus to offer an extensive catalog series, a resource that presents some of our most prominent speakers in a focused manner.

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A Pulitzer Prize winner, bestselling author, and former national correspondent for The New York Times, Bragg has written such critically acclaimed books as All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and his latest, The Most They Ever Had. A natural storyteller, he captures the sorrow, joy, and irony of life.

Rick Bragg

Andre Dubus III

Hakakian shared the story of her youth in the memoir Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran; now she offers another view of her homeland in Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a work of nonfiction that chronicles the Berlin assassination of eight members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition and the ongoing quest for justice.

Roya Hakakian

Best known for his New York Times bestseller The House of Sand and Fog—which was turned into an Academy Awardnominated motion picture starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly—Dubus is an illustrious writer whose other works include The Garden of Last Days and the critically acclaimed Townie.

Rye Barcott

A Marine, social entrepreneur, and author, Barcott penned the memoir It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace. In it, he explores the inherent contrasts between waging peace and fighting war in a true story of sacrifice, courage, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service.

Geraldine Brooks

Displaying a wide range of talent in such bestselling books as People of the Book, March, Year of Wonders, and her latest, Caleb’s Crossing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Brooks consistently crafts fascinating, meticulously researched fiction and nonfiction, effortlessly bringing her subjects to vivid life.

Corban Addison

A lawyer by trade and a writer since his youth, Addison became impassioned about an issue that doesn’t get enough attention: human trafficking. In his novel, A Walk Across the Sun, he takes readers on a journey from India and Europe into the corridors of power in Washington, DC, retracing the steps that Addison himself took as he immersed himself in a world of modern-day slavery.

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Michael P. MacDonald

In his acclaimed memoir, The Other Wes Moore, Moore shares the true stories of two men with the same name and similar upbringings but starkly different fates. Imparting the importance of personal and social responsibility in shaping one’s future, he probes the questions and consequences of choices in life, posing the question, “How is it one man became a Rhodes Scholar while the other landed a lifetime prison sentence?”

Wes Moore

*WuDunn & Lee are also available through APB.

In his books, All Souls—a stunning memoir about growing up poor in South Boston—and Easter Rising— an account of how he escaped it all—MacDonald explores the tangled and complex relationship between race, class, and poverty. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award and the New England Literary Lights Award.

Terry McMillan

The best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and its sequel, Getting to Happy, McMillan has captivated many with her tales of the lives and loves of contemporary African American women. She is also the author of It’s Okay If You’re Clueless, a book born from a speech she gave at her son’s graduation, in which she uses her trademark wit in offering advice to the collegebound.

Nicholas Kristof

A columnist and blogger for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary human rights advocate who has traveled the globe reporting on the real people and issues behind the headlines. He is co-author, with wife Sheryl WuDunn,* of the bestsellers China Wakes and Half the Sky.

James McBride

An author and award-winning jazz musician, McBride recently penned Song Yet Sung. He is perhaps best known for his New York Times bestseller The Color of Water, a powerful memoir of his upbringing in a biracial family that has become required reading on many campuses. In 2008, Spike Lee* directed a film based on his book Miracle at St. Anna, about African American soldiers in WWII.

Christopher Hedges

A foreign correspondent and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Hedges writes and speaks extensively on war, religion, and the conflict in the Middle East. He is the author of the best-selling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which explores war’s effects on societies and individuals. His latest book is The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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A two-time recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash is the novelist behind such popular works as The Cove, Serena, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight. Also a published poet, he focuses his writing on the lives of people in rural settings and has been commended for creating memorable characters and unforgettable images.

Ron Rash

Lisa See

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, WuDunn penned Half the Sky with husband Nicholas Kristof,* which explores the oppression of women in the developing world. She remains a strong voice in calling individuals to action against human rights violations, offering inspiration that we can each, in fact, make a difference.

Sheryl WuDunn

Author of the extraordinary New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, See crafts highly praised works of fluid language and rich universal themes. Her newest book, Dreams of Joy, is the sequel to Shanghai Girls, an unforgettable novel that follows two sisters who leave Shanghai to begin new lives in Los Angeles.

Steve Pemberton

Taken from his mother at the age of three, Pemberton was placed with a foster family that subjected him to constant abuse. Now the chief diversity officer of Walgreens, he has been recognized by Fortune as a leader in corporate America. As the author of the powerful memoir A Chance in the World, he reminds audiences that a new beginning can start at any time, no matter your past.

Thad Roberts

Roberts is a former NASA astrophysicist whose ethereal crime caper inspired the book Sex on the Moon. Wanting to impress his girlfriend, he stole lunar samples (the rarest substance in the world), was caught, and spent six years in federal prison. An engaging speaker, he teaches audiences that we can all rebound from failure.

Sonia Nazario

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times, Nazario authored the bestseller Enrique’s Journey about a Honduran boy’s trek to find his mother in the US. What began as a newspaper series and has since become a freshman or all-campus read on dozens of college campuses, Enrique’s Journey offers a gripping perspective on immigration, one of today’s most challenging and controversial issues.

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In her 1994 memoir, Nobody Don’t Love Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School with No Name, Bess shared the story of her first teaching assignment at a school for homeless children, located in a small shed behind a shelter. Recently, her inspirational story was brought to life in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard.

Stacey Bess

Tal Dehtiar

A once-in-a-lifetime educator, Esquith may be the most inspiring school teacher in America. Hailed “a modern day Thoreau” by Newsday and “a genius and a saint” by The New York Times, for the past two decades he has transformed the lives of fifth graders at a public school in a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and violence.

Rafe Esquith

Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Dehtiar founded Oliberté Footwear, the first shoe company to work exclusively in Africa in order to make premium shoes. Offering distinct and rugged designs, the company is projected to build a thriving middle class in the country by creating one million jobs by 2025.

Anat Baron

An entrepreneur, filmmaker, and strategic consultant, Baron is the former head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade who is credited for turning the company into a $200 million brand within three years. Also the producer of the documentary Beer Wars, which explores the struggle between big brewers and their smaller competitors, she addresses marketing, development, and operations within a diverse range of industries.

Gregory Boyle

As the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in Los Angeles County, Father Boyle has dedicated his life to helping marginalized individuals find a place in society. He shares his experiences in his book, Tattoos on the Heart, and reminds us of the power of unconditional love.

Miki Agrawal

The founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table pizza restaurant Slice Perfect, Agrawal is known for her innovative and practical business concepts. Now spearheading THINX, she is working to provide a sustainable way for women in developing countries to have the resources needed for daily life.

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One of the stars of CSI: NY with master’s and law degrees from Harvard, Harper is the best-selling author of Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny and Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny. An active member of the black community who empowers youth with his message of hope, his newest book is The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships.

Hill Harper

Jennifer Newsom

Much more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom,” Lucille has endured such challenges as poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a child to emerge as a woman of faith and compassion. She shares her life story candidly— and often humorously—in her book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.

Lucille O’Neal

Recognized in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women,” Newsom gained national attention for her awardwinning documentary Miss Representation, which exposes how the media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. She has since launched, the mission of which is to transform culture so everyone can fulfill their potential.

Hugh Evans

An international humanitarian known for his bold and daring vision, Evans is the founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project. Working to eradicate extreme poverty, he urges audiences to take meaningful action to make a difference that will create impact.

Rhonda Kallman

Honored as the Pioneering Woman in the Beer Industry by the Institute for Brewing Studies, Kallman effectively paved the way for her gender in the beer business. She is the co-founder of The Boston Beer Company—the makers of the award-winning Samuel Adams brews—and appeared in the documentary Beer Wars.

Marlen Esparza

Esparza made history as the first US female boxer to medal in the inaugural women’s boxing games at the 2012 London Olympics. Undefeated in every national tournament she has entered to date, she shares the trials and rewards of being a trailblazing woman and Latina in a sport traditionally dominated by men.

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Salley is a former NBA champion and philanthropist who educates audiences on the benefits of healthy living through better eating habits. As an advocate of the raw vegan lifestyle, he has contributed a number of articles to food and wine publications, and has actively petitioned Congress to increase vegetarian options in public school meals.

John Salley

Peter Thum

After her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, Lee Woodruff’s life changed immediately. The two brought to light their family’s arduous journey toward recovery in the bestselling In an Instant. Now, Woodruff tackles the universal topics of life in her latest book, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, an exploration of the memorable moments that have shaped her over the years.

Lee Woodruff

Driven by what seemed like an impossible vision to provide clean drinking water to developing nations, Thum founded Ethos Water. Now a popular bottled water nestled in the coolers of more than 8,000 Starbucks stores nationwide, the brand has since donated millions to nonprofits that fund safe water initiatives for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

John Ratzenberger

An Emmy-nominated actor, Ratzenberger gained international fame as “Cliff” in the NBC phenomenon Cheers. Among Hollywood’s most versatile voice talent, he has voiced roles in every Pixar film. He is also the author of We’ve Got It Made in America and hosted John Ratzenberger’s Made in America, which brought viewers stories about the best US-made products.

Jeff Taylor

As the founder of Monster. com and, Taylor is widely recognized as an entrepreneurial visionary. An expert in technology, Web 2.0, advertising, and human capital, he is a born leader with the ability to mobilize others to action, no matter their professional path.

Dan Pallotta

Pallotta is the author of the widely popular Uncharitable and its followup, Charity Case, in which he explores our nation’s grave misunderstanding of charity and proposes a movement to transform the public’s way of thinking. A pioneering social entrepreneur, he speaks on many issues including AIDS, breast cancer, suicide prevention, and corporate responsibility.

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Host of the Peabody Awardwinning public radio series “The Promised Land,” Carter is an urban revitalization strategist who was a force in sustainability when few were talking about it. Recognized as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, she offers leadership development strategies for organizations, universities, and economically underperforming communities.

Majora Carter

Johnathan Foley

A serial entrepreneur and “do-gooder,” Hill helped push the sustainability movement to the mainstream with his respected environmental website,, a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. He is also the author of Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern EcoLiving.

Graham Hill

The director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota and a regular advisor to corporations and governments worldwide, Foley envisions a future built on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and thriving ecosystems. He addresses such global sustainability issues as food and land use, climate change, fresh water, and biodiversity.

Scott Carpenter

A dynamic pioneer of modern exploration, Carpenter has the unique distinction of being the only human ever to penetrate both inner and outer space, thereby acquiring the dual titles of astronaut and aquanaut. With vast knowledge of aerospace and ocean engineering, he has contributed to a number of documentaries and is a respected industry consultant.

Alexandra Cousteau

With a famous last name passed down by her grandfather, Jacques-Yves, and her father, Philippe, Alexandra Cousteau is a globally recognized advocate on water quality and policy. With the unique ability to draw audiences into the weighty issues of policy and politics—and ultimately spur them to action—she advocates the importance of conservation and the sustainable management of resources.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

The former Prime Minister of Norway, director-general of the World Health Organization, and chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development, Dr. Brundtland is a preeminent voice for improving health and the environment. Advocating that good health is a basic human right, she believes it extends beyond medicine to include environmental and global policy.

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The author of Style, Naturally, the first global guide to sustainable beauty and fashion, Oakes has worked as a Discovery Channel Planet Green eco-lifestyle resident expert and host. Known as “The Eco-Model,” she has dedicated her career to “cause-related modeling,” or working with more environmentally and socially conscious companies and brands.

Summer Rayne Oakes

Raj Patel

Author and eco-feminist Shiva is a world-renowned environmental activist. The director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she has been recognized as an “environmental hero” by Time, honored for her leadership and innovative thinking. She founded Navdanya, which means “nine seeds,” a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds.

Vandana Shiva

A controversial author, journalist, and food policy expert, Patel continuously challenges our presumptions with his work. In his book Stuffed and Starved, he explores the worldwide food crisis and in his latest, The Value of Nothing, he tackles how we can achieve a fair society and a sustainable economy.

Joseph P. Kennedy

The founder of Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit that offers low-cost heating oil to the poor and elderly, Kennedy is responsible for growing the company into one of the largest energy conservation firms in the US. A former Congressman, his time on Capitol Hill was marked by such initiatives as expanding availability of credit to working Americans and creating affordable housing units through tax credits.

John Passacantando

The former executive director of Greenpeace USA, Passacantando continues to lead the fight for clean air, clean water, and the survival of our planet. Offering a shockingly honest “State of the Planet” address, he works to raise awareness, proposing solutions that will spur audiences to work harder and smarter to save our planet.

Van Jones

An award-winning pioneer in clean energy, Jones is the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy. A constant innovator in the quest to create a sustainable, environmentally beneficial economy, he served as the Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation under the Obama Administration, a journey he shares in his newest book, Rebuild the Dream.

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Maria Bello

A columnist for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune, Giridharadas is among the newspaper’s youngest writers to date and has reported on everything from India’s transformation and Bollywood to corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty, and democracy. He is the author of India Calling, a work of narrative nonfiction about his return to the India his parents left.

Anand Giridharadas

As NPR’s current London bureau chief and former China correspondent, Gifford has covered everything from elections in Taiwan to Christian missionaries in Mongolia to Internet startups in Hong Kong. The author of China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, he explores the growing economy and diverse perspectives of a country going through drastic change and development.

An internationally renowned actress and women’s rights activist, Bello co-founded We Advance, a women’s movement and NGO based in Cité Soleil, Haiti. The organization advocates for women throughout the country to have full political, economic, and social participation.

Rob Gifford

With his musical group Soulfège, Harvard-educated musician, lyricist, actor, and political activist Ashong seeks to convey a message of global community and interconnectedness. He hosted the TV show The Stream on Al Jazeera English, a program that integrates social media with traditional news reporting, as well as “The Derrick Ashong Experience” on Oprah Radio.

Derrick Ashong

Shirin Ebadi

An extraordinary woman of many firsts, Iranian lawyer and activist Ebadi made history as the first Muslim to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous defense of human rights in Iran. One of that nation’s most intelligent, passionate, and respected voices of dissent, she addresses audiences about democracy and the fundamental rights of women, children, and all individuals.

Oscar Arias

Awarded the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in ending political violence in Central America, Dr. Arias champions such issues as human development, democracy, and demilitarization, and continues to travel the globe spreading his message of peace. He believes that “no nation should be secure but in liberty, rich but in compassion, nor strong but in the sense that other nations share equal fortitude.”

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A foreign policy advisor to President Obama during his historic campaign, Khanna is increasingly becoming a key player in shaping the global community. Named one of Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, he is the author of the best-selling The Second World. His most recent book is 2011’s How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance.

Parag Khanna

Naomi Klein

A medical doctor by training, Kouchner is the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization that dispatches medical service personnel to the developing world. Known for being the first person to challenge the Red Cross’s stance of neutrality and silence in wars and massacres, Kouchner was the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs until November 2010.

Bernard Kouchner

An award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist, Klein authored the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Exploring the flaws of neoliberal economics and globalization, her stunning revelations and well researched insight provide a backdrop to her claim that governments have manipulated natural disasters, global crises, and wars to their advantage.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Hunter-Gault is one of the world’s premier global journalists and foreign correspondents who continually challenges convention with her bold insights on the issues. She made history as the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia, and most recently authored To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a book for high school and college readers.

Rami Khouri

Khouri knows the Middle East like few other journalists. As the editor-at-large of The Daily Star in Beirut and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, he reports from ground zero as the conflict unfolds. A Palestinian Jordanian educated in both the Middle East and the US, he offers current reports and analysis on what is happening beyond “the green zones.”

Mikhail Gorbachev

One of history’s most pivotal leaders, as President of the Soviet Union Gorbachev ended the fifty years of nuclear brinkmanship named the Cold War. He continues to influence global policy as the founding president and member of the Board of Directors for Green Cross International, a worldwide environmental protection organization.

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Though he grew up in a poor Kenyan village, Mburu went on to graduate from Harvard Law School thanks to one woman’s $15-a-month donation. Inspired by how such a “small act” changed his life, he started a scholarship fund in the name of his benefactor. His story was chronicled in the HBO documentary A Small Act.

Chris Mburu

Asra Nomani

Dr. Nutt is a medical doctor, a humanitarian, and the author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid, in which she shares her experiences providing medical care in some of the world’s most violent places while building the world class nonprofit War Child North America. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of today’s 200 Global Leaders.

Samantha Nutt

The author of the acclaimed Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent and friend of slain reporter Daniel Pearl. Her character figures prominently in the film A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie, which is based on the life and death of Pearl at the hands of Pakistani militants.

Rose Mapendo

Imprisoned over a decade ago during the Congolese genocide, Mapendo has emerged as a global activist for peace and reconciliation. A victim no more, she is a true hero, an incredible survivor, and an inspiration, who proves that— even in the face of violence, loss, and extreme hardship— courage and strength can be enough to save your life. In 2009, Mapendo was named United Nations Humanitarian of the Year.

Rigoberta Menchu-Tum

A passionate activist who has worked tirelessly to promote human rights for the indigenous and aboriginal Indians of Guatemala, MenchuTum was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She is a leading advocate for ethnocultural reconciliation and has been involved in several social reform activities that continue to garner international attention.

Somaly Mam

Born into a minority family in Cambodia, Mam struggled through an impoverished childhood, was sold for sexual favors, and was eventually forced to work in a brothel. Now, fueled by her past, she has authored The Road of Lost Innocence and founded the Somaly Mam Foundation, devoted to helping those who have become victims of sex slavery and human trafficking.

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A global human rights activist, former US policy advisor, and co-chair of The Enough Project, Prendergast fights to stop genocide by “promoting peace, providing protection, and punishing the perpetrators.” The co-author with Don Cheadle of Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, his most recent book is Unlikely Brothers, an inspirational memoir co-authored with his “Little Brother,” Michael Mattocks.

John Prendergast

Paul Rusesabagina

Rushing went from being a US Marine Corps Captain conducting daily press briefings in Iraq to a celebrated military correspondent and analyst for Al Jazeera English. The author of Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World, he delivers news from a unique prism of experience, reporting with an international perspective.

Josh Rushing

Considered the “Rwandan Schindler,” Rusesabagina saved over 1,200 lives during the Rwandan genocide. His story is chronicled in both the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, a riveting account of a man saving others during his country’s darkest moment, and in his book, An Ordinary Man.

Alon Pinkas

The former Consul General of Israel, Ambassador Pinkas served as the liaison between the state of Israel and US national media, public officials, and organizations. With nearly two decades of experience in foreign affairs, he offers an expert analysis of current events around the globe, particularly in the areas of politics and the future of the Middle East.

Mary Robinson

The first female President of Ireland, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a member of The Elders, President Robinson is skilled at diplomatically addressing challenging issues while stressing the importance of ethics in leadership. She is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy on the struggle for global justice.

Mariane Pearl

Pearl is a unique and versatile award-winning journalist who has written A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl, a gripping and profound narrative of her experience pursuing those who captured and killed her husband, Daniel Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.

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A full-time volunteer, Thompson has offered her aid in Sri Lanka—where she ran a busy field hospital and founded CTEC, the only tsunami early-warning center in that country—and Haiti—where she co-founded We Advance, an organization dealing with gender-based violence. Her documentary, The Third Wave, was screened at the 2008 Cannes film festival.

Alison Thompson

Desmond Tutu

The founder and managing director of Grameen Bank and a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his pioneering work in establishing microcredit initiatives throughout developing nations, Yunus is driven by the idea that access to credit is a basic human right. He continues to work tirelessly to eradicate poverty through efforts that empower the poor.

Muhammad Yunus

A Nobel Peace laureate, Archbishop Tutu served as South Africa’s voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid, soothing the spirits and rallying the hearts of his people with simple words of passion and dignity. As chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he continues to be the premier voice for peace, honoring the value of enthusiasm among young people worldwide.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

As director of policy planning for the US Department of State, Slaughter touched on nearly every foreign policy issue. Named a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy, she is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the author of The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World.

Tererai Trent

A native of rural Zimbabwe, Trent was given a new lease on life when awarded a scholarship to a full education in the US. Now, armed with $1.5 million in assistance from Oprah, she is building a school in her home village to promote education and opportunity.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Internationally known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” President of Liberia Johnson Sirleaf became the first woman to lead an African nation. A Harvard-educated former World Bank economist, she is a leading promoter of peace, justice, and democratic rule, working tirelessly to end the corruption that has plagued her country. Her 2009 memoir is entitled This Child Will Be Great.

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As the first African American and the second female US Surgeon General, Dr. Elders initiated programs to combat youth smoking and teen pregnancy and to increase childhood immunizations. A tireless crusader for achieving a healthier society, she remains at the forefront of today’s health concerns, committed to healthcare access, education, and equality.

M. Joycelyn Elders

Sanjay Gupta

A former NBA player, Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction. Now sober, he shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his recently published memoir, Basketball Junkie.

Chris Herren

Dr. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, is an Emmywinning chief medical correspondent for CNN, reporting on health and medical news for American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360,* and CNN documentaries. He also anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD. Reporting from combat zones and areas of natural disaster, he speaks on global healthcare and illness.

Elizabeth Cohen

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A senior medical correspondent for CNN’s health, medical, and wellness unit, Cohen reports on breaking medical news and the latest in consumer health issues. She is the trusted voice behind the digital column “The Empowered Patient,” keeping readers informed on the best in medical care.

Vinny Guadagnino

Known for being the “good kid” on the MTV phenomenon Jersey Shore, Guadagnino recently revealed his struggle with chronic anxiety. He chronicles his story—and shares helpful hints—in his book Control the Crazy and in his keynote speeches, which also draw on humorous anecdotes from his five seasons in the Shore house.

Richard Carmona

As the 17th US Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona focused on shifting the healthcare paradigm from treatment to prevention, issuing calls to action in the fights against obesity, heart disease, cancer, and the dangers of secondhand smoke. Stressing that lifelong healthy living is a key component to medical care, he remains passionate about improving the future of national health.

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Rosalind Wiseman

An internationally recognized authority on children, teens, bullying, and parenting, Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the best-selling book that inspired the hit film Mean Girls. She is the media’s go-to expert on bullying prevention and school violence, and is a frequent guest on The Today Show.

Jonathan Perry

The founder of Johnson C. Smith University’s first official GLBT organization, Perry—who is HIV positive—is lauded for being an outspoken student activist who has organized several forums on race and sexual orientation. He shares his story of living with HIV and overcoming a dark depression, and speaks on how turning devastation into activism saved his life.

Liz Seccuro

As a college freshman, Seccuro was drugged and raped by a fellow student. Twenty years after the fact she received a letter of apology from her rapist, prompting her to bring him to justice. Now a devout victims rights activist, she has created a donor-advised fund called STARS (Sisters Together Assisting Rape Survivors). She shares her story in her 2011 memoir, Crash Into Me.

Cynthia Lowen

The writer and producer of Bully, a documentary film charting “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, Lowen explores the roots and ramifications of bullying on the playground and how it translates into later life. She equips audiences with tools to respond to aggressive behavior and offers insight on taking action to transform their communities.

David Satcher

As the 16th US Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher encouraged public debate about issues including mental health, bioterrorism, sex education, AIDS, tobacco, and obesity. The force behind Healthy People 2010, the nation’s health agenda, he is a champion of promoting healthy lifestyles and is currently commissioner of the World Health Organization on Social Determinants for Health.

Patrick Kennedy

Kennedy is the former US Representative from Rhode Island whose 16 years in Congress were marked by work surrounding healthcare reform. Having struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction, he aims to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. He is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing efficiency in brain disorder research.


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Cohen is the director of Google Ideas, a global technology “think/do tank,” and a specialist on the relationship between foreign policy and technology. A former member of Condoleezza Rice’s Policy Planning Staff— a role he continued under Secretary Hillary Clinton— Cohen was responsible for urging Twitter to delay its scheduled maintenance shutdown during the Iranian election protests of 2009.

Jared Cohen

Ellis Cose

As the Society in Science senior postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Media Lab, Crane is an expert on understanding the hidden patterns behind collective social behavior. He is the winner of the 2009 DARPA Network Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition aimed at exploring the roles the Internet and social networking play in solving broad-scope, timecritical problems.

Riley Crane

A renowned journalist and widely read author, Cose is known for his informed voice on issues at the forefront of national and international concern. Formerly with the New York Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times, where he began his career at the young age of 19, he has been a contributing editor at Newsweek for nearly two decades.

Ken Burns

Named “the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation” by The New York Times, Burns has produced unparalleled, award-winning features such as Baseball, The Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and his latest, The Dust Bowl. With a natural gift for storytelling, he celebrates America’s fascinating history and culture.

Kevin Colleran

As Facebook’s pioneering sales executive and one of its first ten employees, Colleran helped guide such Fortune 100 companies as Procter & Gamble and CocaCola through the process of becoming present and engaged in the online space. In 2010, he was named one of New York’s 100 Coolest Tech People by Business Insider.

Donna Brazile

A veteran Democratic political strategist, Brazile is a commentator on CNN, a Democratic consultant, and the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. Chosen as one of O Magazine’s 20 Remarkable Visionaries, she is the author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.

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A co-founder of Facebook and the mastermind behind M y. B a r a c k O b a m a . c o m , Hughes has spent his career developing technologies to make communication and organizing easier and more efficient. A true visionary, he is the founder and executive director of Jumo, a nonprofit social networking site that connects passionate people with the charitable organizations that share their goals.

Chris Hughes

Don Lemon

As NPR’s national political correspondent, Liasson can be heard regularly on NPR’s awardwinning newsmagazines “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, and has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional elections.

Mara Liasson

The anchor of CNN Newsroom during weekend primetime, Lemon has provided on-thescene reportage for many of CNN’s breaking news stories, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana. He recently revealed his homosexuality, joining a small number of openly gay television news anchors, and is the author of Transparent.

Soraya Darabi

At the young age of 23, Darabi became the manager of digital partnerships and social media at The New York Times, where she established several award-winning social media campaigns. Also the co-founder of Foodspotting, a geolocation-based mobile app, she is a sought-after authority on the world of emerging media and appears on ABC News as the network’s new media strategist.

John King

A news veteran and anchor of CNN’s John King USA, King has spanned the globe covering everything from US presidential elections to the first Persian Gulf War to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa. Known for delivering the news in fresh and unexpected ways, he connects with audiences with his candid, conversational style.

Candy Crowley

An award-winning CNN senior political correspondent, Crowley has covered a range of stories including presidential races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. She recently received widespread attention for her infamous “fact-check” while moderating the second presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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The voice, heart, and soul of American journalism, Rather is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters of our time. Having covered some of the most defining moments in recent history during his storied career at CBS News, he is now host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, where he continues to attract audiences with his breadth of knowledge and characteristic folksy wit.

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Jeremy Scahill

Broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporter, Schieffer has been anchor and moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation for over 20 years. One of the few broadcast and print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital—the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill— he is the bestselling author of Bob Schieffer’s America.

Bob Schieffer

An award-winning investigative journalist and frequent contributor to The Nation, Scahill is widely viewed as one of the world’s leading experts on privatized warfare. A valued commentator and best-selling author, he has appeared on several news programs and has written the acclaimed Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

John Quiñones

As host of the ABC hidden camera series What Would You Do? and the author of Heroes Among Us, Emmywinning anchor Quiñones is interested in exploring what everyday people do—good and bad—when they are placed in uncomfortable ethical situations. He has been with the ABC News team for over 20 years and is a co-anchor on Primetime Live.

Claudio Sanchez

A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sanchez is the education correspondent for NPR whose reports air regularly on the awardwinning newsmagazines “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.” Recognized for his outstanding reporting, he focuses on the “three P’s” of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy.

Robin Meade

An accomplished broadcast journalist, Meade has anchored CNN’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She is currently the host of HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Her first book, Morning Sunshine: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too, became an instant New York Times bestseller.

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As an award-winning anchor and correspondent, Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. Currently the co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20, she has been lauded by The New York Times for her “intellectually brave” reporting.

Elizabeth Vargas

Bob Woodward

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—commonly known as “the Winklevoss twins”—were launched into the public eye in 2004, when they filed a lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claiming that they were the true creators of the revolutionary social platform. Now, after nearly a decade of litigation, they are sharing their side of the story.

Winklevoss Twins

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for his role in exposing the Watergate scandal, Woodward is currently assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and author of nearly a dozen #1 best-selling nonfiction books. His 2011 offering, Obama’s Wars, presents an intimate exploration of Obama’s critical decisions in the handling of the war in Iraq.

Stephen A. Smith

A seasoned sports journalist and ESPN veteran, Smith is an emerging media go-to who adeptly applies his savvy insights into the world of sports to society at large, drawing parallels to such issues as politics and race relations in America. One of basketball’s most respected analysts, he hosts a weeknight radio for ESPN.

Juan Williams

A prize-winning columnist and editorial writer, Williams is a political analyst for Fox News and a panelist for its newest show, The Five. An astute cultural commentator, he is the author of the hotly debated Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America. His latest book is Muzzled: The Attack on Honest Debate.

Judy Smith

The real-life inspiration behind ABC’s hit political thriller series Scandal, Smith is the US’s premier crisis management expert. As the founder and president of Smith & Company, she uniquely combines her communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world.

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The eldest son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, George P. Bush—a practicing lawyer, former US Naval intelligence officer, and co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas—gave his first speech to the Republican National Committee at the age of 12. With a seasoned conservative voice, he imparts the lessons of public service he learned from his grandfather George H.W. Bush and shares his hopes for a better, more united America.

George P. Bush

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

Called “a street fighter in suit and tie,” Dr. Dyson is one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, adept at addressing the most controversial issues of the day. A prolific author, scholar, cultural observer, ordained minister, and media commentator, his sharp wit and profound thought are captured in his book Can You Hear Me Now?

Michael Eric Dyson

Caruso-Cabrera is a seasoned business journalist with extensive experience covering international economies and Latin America. An anchor and reporter for CNBC’s Business Day, she is the author of You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government. Named Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she also writes a personal finance column for Shape en Español.

Julian Bond

For over 40 years, Bond has been an active participant in the civil rights and economic justice movements. As former chairman of the NAACP, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Legendary in his status as the first African American US Vice Presidential nominee, Bond continues to deliver a powerful message of equality and justice.

Geoffrey Canada

As president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Canada dedicates his life to securing opportunity for underprivileged children. Featured prominently in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Canada continues to transform the lives of youth; recently, President Obama launched an initiative to create “Promise Neighborhoods” around the country to combat poverty, modeling them on his work.

Mary Frances Berry

A former chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, a law professor, and an esteemed civil rights historian, Dr. Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal opportunity to voters’ rights. Her latest book is Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House.


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The author of the widely acclaimed The Freedom Writers Diary—as well as the subject of the feature film Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank—Gruwell leveraged the power of education to transform a group of students deemed “unteachable” in a tough, racially divided school system. Her newest book is Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell.

Erin Gruwell

Jesse Jackson

Motivated by the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s, Kozol left his comfortable surroundings in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to teach young children in impoverished communities. An inspiration to all educators, his books—which have become required reading— shed light on the massive inequalities faced by students in low-income neighborhoods.

Jonathan Kozol

An icon of the American Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Jackson ran for president twice, paving the way for the historic election of Barack Obama. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Rev. Jackson continues to speak out for human rights; his latest mission is advocating the elimination of financial barriers to higher education.

Sam Graham-Felsen

As chief blogger for the historic Obama for President Campaign, Graham-Felsen had an important mission: to recognize the power of ordinary people and help them organize with social media. He is skilled in using new media to share information in innovative ways and is an expert at harnessing the power of customer engagement and word-of-mouth practices to create effective marketing campaigns.

Froma Harrop

Harrop is a prize-winning syndicated columnist whose work appears in nearly 200 newspapers. Currently a member of The Providence Journal’s editorial board, she touches on everything from politics and media in America to economics and consumer behavior.

Sandra Fluke

A women’s rights activist and attorney, Fluke came to national attention when Congressional Republicans prohibited her from testifying on a question of women’s health and instead turned to a panel of men. She has been recognized for her pro bono representation of domestic violence victims and for her work toward safeguarding reproductive rights.

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The president of Bennett College for Women, Malveaux is a strong force in education as well as an economist and cutting-edge intellectual who is recognized for her unique, insightful observations. Her nationally syndicated column addresses national affairs, the American workplace, and the economy.

Julianne Malveaux

Ralph Nader

An Academy Award-nominated actress and Emmy-nominated choreographer, Perez is also a dedicated and vocal activist for a number of causes, particularly those related to AIDS, inner-city youth, and women’s rights. She is the head of the Artistic Board for the Urban Arts Partnership, an arts education organization that brings the arts to students in Harlem, the Bronx, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Rosie Perez

Public citizen extraordinaire and former presidential candidate Nader has always fought for the important issues of our time. Considered one of the world’s most renowned consumer advocates, he emphasizes the necessity of making one’s voice heard in the political process, especially on such issues as the environment and the corporatization of America.

Harry Markopolos

Markopolos was catapulted into the spotlight as the man who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff and his $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Passionate about fixing the system and preventing future abuses, he offers an insider account of his actions and a vivid examination of our nation’s current financial system in his memoir, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, and in the documentary Chasing Madoff.

Kweisi Mfume

A former president and CEO of the NAACP, Maryland Congressman, and chairman of the Black Congressional Caucus, Mfume is credited with rebuilding and revitalizing the NAACP. As a leader, activist, and seasoned political voice for diversity, his life’s goal is to impact society by shaping a more humane public policy for effecting important change in America.

Rick Lynch

As the former head of all US Army installations, Lieutenant General Lynch distinguished himself as an exceptional leader by managing an annual budget of $12 billion and a workforce of 120,000, and by effectively lowering divorce and suicide rates at Fort Hood. He shares his disciplined and effective mantra for success.


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One of America’s foremost civil rights leaders, Rev. Sharpton is founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN). An organization that fights for progressive, peoplebased social policies, NAN provides extensive voter education and registration campaigns, offers economic support for small community businesses, and helps combat corporate racism.

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Carmen Wong Ulrich

The chairman of the board and chief insights officer of IBOPE Zogby International, as well as the author of The Way We’ll Be, Zogby has been dubbed the “maverick predictor” by The Washington Post. By all accounts the hottest and most accurate pollster in the United States today, no one can tell you more about what’s happening—from politics to social trends—than Zogby.

John Zogby

A personal finance expert and the former host of CNBC’s On the Money, Ulrich is a respected voice on money management. Currently a contributor to The Dr. Oz Show* and iVillage, as well as the resident money expert for Glamour magazine, Ulrich is the author of The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Decisions for You, Your Life, and Your Money.

Edward Schumacher-Matos

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A former editor and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, SchumacherMatos applies his experiences as an immigrant, soldier, and reporter to his nationally syndicated column. He is the founder of Rumbo Newspapers/ Meximerica Media, a chain of four Spanish-language dailies in Texas, and director of the Harvard Inter-Faculty Initiative on Immigration and Integration Policy and Studies.

Joseph Stiglitz

One of the best economic minds of his generation, Nobel Prize winner Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, “The Economics of Information,” which pioneered pivotal concepts that have since become standard tools of theorists and policy analysts alike. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.

James Peterson

An assistant professor at Bucknell, Peterson founded HipHop Scholars, an association of hip-hop-generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the educational potential of diverse urban and youth cultures. Featured on BET, Fox News, ESPN, and in other media, he is considered one of the foremost speakers on hip-hop culture, urban youth, and politics.

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Portrayed by Denzel Washington in the acclaimed film Remember the Titans, Boone was the head football coach at T.C. Williams High School in 1971, where he faced the challenge of a lifetime: uniting a team divided by racial strife. He delivers an uplifting message on the importance of respect and teamwork, sharing how his paid off when he successfully led the Titans to a championship title.

Herman Boone

Michael Emerson

One of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Eszterhas is known for having penned scripts for such films as Basic Instinct, Flashdance, and Showgirls. Also a throat cancer survivor, he works to deglamorize smoking in movies and founded Join Joe, a grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group.

Joe Eszterhas

Well known for his fiveseason turn as “Ben Linus” in the smash hit Lost, Emerson is an Emmy Award-winning actor who now appears in the TV series Person of Interest. An avid supporter of theatercommunity charities, he is involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Beverly Bond

A DJ and model, Bond is the director and founder of Black Girls Rock!, a nonprofit youth mentoring organization that empowers inner-city girls through the arts. She was named one of Essence’s 40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World, joining such notable company as Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Maya Angelou.

Troy Carter

Credited as the “force behind Lady Gaga Inc.,” Carter is the pop superstar’s manager and the driving force behind her brand’s digital strategy. Together, the two have created the Backplane, a social platform that aims to power interest-specific online communities that integrate feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.

Mayim Bialik

Perhaps best known for her role as the eponymous “Blossom” in the early-’90s sitcom of the same name, Bialik is also a brilliant scientist with a degree in neuroscience from UCLA. She speaks to filling a unique space as a woman in two difficult worlds: Hollywood and the scientific community. Most recently she can be seen in her starring role on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.


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Ice-T is a hip-hop pioneer and the star of Law & Order: SVU and the reality show Ice Loves Coco. Having grown up amidst poverty and violence, he rose above to become a successful entertainer and entrepreneur who shares a powerful message about overcoming adversity. He serves as a sobering yet inspirational role model for youth.


AJ Jacobs

An industry pioneer, John is the founder of the iconic fashion brand FUBU, as well as one of the “sharks” on the ABC hit entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank. A marketing and branding expert, he is the author of Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding and Lifestyle and The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, from Birth to the Boardroom.

Daymond John

Renowned as “the human guinea pig,” Jacobs has read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world, lived modern life as the ultimate biblical man, and followed every bit of modern medical advice in a quest to become the healthiest man alive. He chronicles his experiences in his New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and his latest, Drop Dead Healthy.

Shannon Fitzgerald

A senior vice president of series development at MTV, Fitzgerald creates new series for the network in both the reality and scripted genres, including Savage U, It Gets Better, and the upcoming Washington Heights. Also the creator of the popular blog The Accidental Executive, she helps guide the millennial generation on building the life and career of their dreams.

Terrence J

Terrence J, host of BET’s 106 & Park, has placed himself on the fast track to success. As the face of Sean John clothing and Rockport shoes, he has used his style to mass market himself and his multimedia projects. His strong-willed determination and business savvy make him a soughtafter keynote speaker on entrepreneurism, media, and hip-hop.

America Ferrera

Known for her Emmy-winning starring role on the ABC hit Ugly Betty, Ferrera is also a devoted humanitarian who dedicates her time to generating attention to the causes she holds dear, particularly those impacting children and their education. She is an artist ambassador for Save the Children and, in 2010, she was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Inspira Award.

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Known for skillfully leading a multi-ethnic team during the controversial, racially segregated season of the hit CBS reality show Survivor: Cook Islands, Kwon earned a reputation as one of the show’s most strategic and honest players. He currently hosts the TV series America Revealed.

Yul Kwon

Spike Lee

Widely recognized as one of the greatest female rappers of all time, Lil’ Kim rose to fame in the mid ’90s as a member of the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. A dedicated philanthropist and founder of Lil’ Kim Cares, she has remained in the public spotlight for her activism surrounding HIV/AIDS prevention, violence against women, and child neglect.

Lil’ Kim

Lee is the respected filmmaker behind such acclaimed work as Inside Man, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, and Miracle at St. Anna, an adaptation of the James McBride* book. His popular films are known for being technically original, politically inspired, and often controversial. His latest film, 2012’s controversial Red Hook Summer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Talib Kweli

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A rap visionary, Kweli has played a major part in bringing a sense of spirituality, social conscience, and moral balance back to hip-hop. He made a name for himself when he joined with Mos Def to form Black Star, and then gained popularity through his involvement with television shows Wild ‘N Out and Chappelle’s Show.

Jon Landau

One of the film industry’s savviest producers, Academy Award winner Landau was a major force in the production of both Titanic and Avatar, the two most commercially successful movies of all time. With experience in both Hollywood’s creative and corporate avenues, he also served as 20th Century Fox’s executive vice president of feature film production in the ’90s.

Clinton Kelly

Best known for his warm humor and stylistic flair as cohost of the hit makeover show What Not to Wear, Kelly is a fashion consultant and former contributing editor at Marie Claire. A man whose biggest fashion pet peeve is “the ‘casualization’ of America,” he offers smart shopping tips and stresses the importance of learning the basics, including “if you don’t have fit, you don’t have anything.”


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The creator of The Boondocks comic strip and animated series, McGruder is a young, fresh, and outspoken political satirist who dispenses social commentary with subversive humor. With his unique insight and knowledge, he works to help audiences understand where African Americans are today while peering into their future.

Aaron McGruder

Kal Penn

As a featured player on Saturday Night Live, Pharoah is most known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, and Kanye West. He can next be seen alongside Bill Pullman, Debra Winger, and Greta Gerwig in the feature film Lola Versus.

Jay Pharoah

A producer and actor recognized for roles in Harold & Kumar, House, and How I Met Your Mother, Penn is also a civil servant who has worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Obama. He has been involved with arts outreach and the Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Rob Lowe

A prolific actor of stage and screen, Lowe is known for roles in such popular series as The West Wing, Brothers and Sisters, and Parks and Recreation, as well as blockbuster comedies including Tommy Boy and Austin Powers. Affiliated with the Cancer Hope Network, he is a dedicated activist who emphasizes the importance of continued support for cancer survivors.

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A pioneering musician, accomplished author, fashion mogul, and star of MTV’s hit reality television show Run’s House, Simmons was once known as “Run” from the pioneering hip-hop group Run DMC. After pursuing a deeper calling, he reemerged to the world as “Reverend Run,” and now touches people worldwide with his ministry and valuable life lessons.

Joseph Simmons

Jerry Springer

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Tambor has earned multiple Emmy nominations for roles in such series as The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development. Known for his lively and humorous presentations, he draws on themes of creativity, authenticity, and self-awareness to share a message about reconnecting with one’s hopes, desires, and dreams.

Jeffrey Tambor

Always entertaining and often controversial, Springer has emerged over the years as a cultural and civic icon. Known for his hit show, Jerry Springer, he believes that television talk shows can serve as important forums for the discussion of prevalent issues in our society. He has worn many hats, from mayor of Cincinnati, political pundit, and lawyer to awardwinning newscaster, actor, and ballroom dancer.

Amanda Diva Seales

A multi-faceted artist who has appeared on Def Poetry Jam and VH1’s Best Week Ever, Diva is a respected voice on hip-hop and pop culture, women’s issues, and the Black Diaspora. She hosts the Sirius radio show “Breakfast at Diva’s” and serves as a comedy commentator and music expert on VH1.

Hal Sparks

Named the “Funniest Teenager in Chicago” by The Chicago Sun Times in 1987, today Sparks is a renowned comedian whose television appearances range from commentating on VH1 hit pop culture series such as I Love the ‘80s to his starring role on the acclaimed Showtime series Queer as Folk.

Matt Roloff

The star of TLC’s Little People, Big World, Roloff inspires audiences around the country with his determination to succeed in life despite being born with a rare form of physically debilitating dwarfism. Believing in one’s ability to “find a way” despite severe obstacles, he motivates others to be persistent and creative in finding a way to succeed.


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The author of the critically acclaimed Rap & Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God, Dr. Utley is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. Known as “the woman with ideas,” her critical analysis of popular culture’s complex combinations of power and pleasure are educational as well as entertaining.

Ebony Utley

Larry Wilmore

The CEO of BELFOR Holdings, Inc., a holding company which operates the global leader in integrated disaster recovery, Yellen became recognized for his deeply compassionate management style after being featured on the hit series Undercover Boss. Known for abandoning traditional business proceedings to put more stock into his employees, he favors people above meetings, committees, and layers of corporate hierarchy.

Sheldon Yellen

A writer, comedian, producer, satirist, and “Senior Black Correspondent” for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,* Wilmore opens the door to an honest conversation about American cultural diversity through his interactive presentations. His book, I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, is a smart, witty look at race in modern America.


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A confident and self-assured artist, Tyrese is an R&B singer and actor who starred in the summer action franchise Transformers. His latest album is the electrifying Open Invitation and he recently coauthored Manology, which offers insight on life, love, and how to finally find happiness in your relationships.

Saul Williams

Having redefined poetry and the spoken word as accessible, living art forms, Williams mixes the power of words and the ability to dictate reality clearly in such works as The Dead Emcee Scrolls and Said the Shotgun to the Head. A musician as well as the lead actor and co-writer of Slam, he has released the powerful album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust.

Aisha Tyler

A highly visible actress and stand-up comedian, Tyler is well known for her role voicing “Lana Kane” in the FX adult animated series Archer, as well as for her guest-starring stint on Friends. Multi-talented and dynamic, Tyler is also a Dartmouth alum, where she earned her degree in political science. She currently cohosts The Talk.

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Astronaut Chiao fulfilled his boyhood dream when he flew on three space missions for NASA and served as the commander of the International Space Station. Drawing on personal experience, he explores the educational aspects of leadership, motivation, teamwork, and diversity. He has served as a guest blogger for Gizmodo, where he enlightens readers about life in orbit.

Leroy Chiao

Christopher Emdin

A veteran NPR science correspondent and awardwinning radio and TV journalist, Flatow is the host and executive producer of “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” With enthusiasm and a true passion for science, he engages audiences with lively and informative discussion, challenging them “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table.”

Ira Flatow

Columbia University professor Dr. Emdin has a unique approach to education: he incorporates hip-hop into his curriculum and encourages other educators to do the same. He is dedicated to expanding youth interest in allied health careers and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, and is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation.

Michael Chorost

An expert on human and machine integration, Chorost is a technology theorist who offers an unusual perspective: in 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative experience inspired his first book, Rebuilt. He explores the integration of humans, machines, and the internet in his latest book, World Wide Mind.

Rebecca Costa

Today’s leading sociobiologist, Costa authored the critically acclaimed The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, offering a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends, and individual behavior. She helps individuals and groups find ways to adapt, thrive, and make better decisions in today’s fastmoving, complex world.

Anousheh Ansari

Ansari captured headlines around the world when she became the first female private space explorer. She shares her journey in the memoir My Dream of Stars, and is the cofounder of Prodea Systems, which aims to significantly change consumer interaction with the Internet and integrate digital tools into everyday life.


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As the former US Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Noveck was responsible for developing the Obama Administration’s policy on government innovation. She was named “one of the 100 most creative people in business” by Fast Company and is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful.

Beth Simone Noveck

David Pogue

A certified science superstar, Squyres is best known as the face and voice of NASA, having made history as the principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project and its pioneering drive across the planet’s surface by two high-tech robotic rovers. He shares insights on the historic mission as well as neverbefore-seen photos that will ignite a new firestorm of interest in the sciences.

Steven Squyres

As the Emmy Award-winning host of NOVA ScienceNow, Pogue offers an edgy take on science as he is immersed in hilarious and dangerous situations. Also the personaltechnology columnist for The New York Times, he is known for his Missing Manual series of computer and technology books, which now includes 120 titles.

Michio Kaku

A distinguished theoretical physicist who is enthusiastic about science’s infinite possibilities, Dr. Kaku hosted The Science Channel’s Sci Fi Science, where he showed science-fiction fans that the fantastic technologies they imagine could one day become real. His latest book is Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.

Bill Nye

Dedicated to making science and technology accessible and entertaining, Nye’s syndicated series, Bill Nye the Science Guy, has garnered 18 Emmy Awards. He has also hosted such series as The Science Channel’s The 100 Greatest Discoveries, PBS’s The Eyes of Nye and, most recently, Planet Green’s Stuff Happens, which demonstrated environmentally responsible choices consumers can make in their daily lives.

Howard Gardner

One of the world’s most renowned public intellectuals, Gardner is known for his theory of multiple intelligences, which challenges the notion that human intelligence only has one definition. The author or co-author of many books, including 2012’s Good Work: Aligning Skills and Values, Gardner focuses his research on determining how best to increase the incidence of good works in our society.

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Fluke, Sandra.................23 Foley, Johnathan...............9 Gardner, Howard.............33 Gifford, Rob....................11 Giridharadas, Anand........11 Gorbachev, Mikhail..........12 Graham-Felsen, Sam.......23 Gruwell, Erin...................23 Guadagnino, Vinny...........16 Gupta, Sanjay.................16 Hakakian, Roya.................3 Harper, Hill.......................7 Harrop, Froma................23 Hedges, Christopher..........4 Herren, Chris..................16 Hill, Graham.....................9 Hughes, Chris.................19 Hunter-Gault, Charlayne..12 Ice-T.............................27 J, Terrence......................27 Jackson, Jesse................23 Jacobs, AJ......................27 John, Daymond...............27 Johnson Sirleaf, Ellen.......15 Jones, Van......................10 Kaku, Michio...................33 Kallman, Rhonda...............7 Kelly, Clinton..................28 Kennedy, Joseph P...........10 Kennedy, Patrick.............17 Khanna, Parag................12 Khouri, Rami..................12 King, John......................19 Klein, Naomi...................12 Kouchner, Bernard...........12 Kozol, Jonathan..............23 Kristof, Nicholas................4 Kweli, Talib.....................28 Kwon, Yul.......................28 Landau, Jon....................28 Lee, Spike......................28 Lemon, Don....................19 Liasson, Mara.................19 Lil’ Kim..........................28 Lowe, Rob......................29 Lowen, Cynthia...............17 Lynch, Rick.....................24 MacDonald, Michael P.........4 Malveaux, Julianne..........24 Mam, Somaly..................13 Mapendo, Rose...............13 Markopolos, Harry............24

Mburu, Chris...................13 McBride, James................4 McGruder, Aaron.............29 McMillan, Terry..................4 Meade, Robin..................20 Menchu-Tum, Rigoberta...13 Mfume, Kweisi.................24 Moore, Wes......................4 Nader, Ralph...................24 Nazario, Sonia..................5 Newsom, Jennifer..............7 Nomani, Asra..................13 Noveck, Beth Simone.......33 Nutt, Samantha..............13 Nye, Bill.........................33 O’Neal, Lucille...................7 Oakes, Summer Rayne.....10 Pallotta, Dan....................8 Passacantando, John.......10 Patel, Raj.......................10 Pearl, Mariane.................14 Pemberton, Steve.............5 Penn, Kal........................29 Perez, Rosie....................24 Perry, Jonathan...............17 Peterson, James..............25 Pharoah, Jay...................29 Pinkas, Alon...................14 Pogue, David..................33 Prendergast, John...........14 Quiñones, John...............20 Rash, Ron........................5 Rather, Dan....................20 Ratzenberger, John...........8 Roberts, Thad...................5 Robinson, Mary...............14 Roloff, Matt....................30 Rusesabagina, Paul..........14 Rushing, Josh.................14 Salley, John.....................8 Sanchez, Claudio.............20 Satcher, David................17 Scahill, Jeremy................20 Schieffer, Bob.................20 Schumacher-Matos, Edward..25 Seales, Amanda Diva.......30 Seccuro, Liz....................17 See, Lisa..........................5 Sharpton, Al...................25 Shiva, Vandana...............10 Simmons, Joseph............30 Slaughter, Anne-Marie.....15

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Smith, Judy....................21 Smith, Stephen A............21 Sparks, Hal.....................30 Springer, Jerry................30 Squyres, Steven..............33 Stiglitz, Joseph...............25 Tambor, Jeffrey...............30 Taylor, Jeff........................8 Thompson, Alison............15 Thum, Peter......................8 Trent, Tererai..................15 Tutu, Desmond...............15 Tyler, Aisha....................31 Tyrese...........................31 Ulrich, Carmen Wong.......25 Utley, Ebony....................31 Vargas, Elizabeth.............21 Williams, Juan.................21 Williams, Saul.................31 Wilmore, Larry................31 Winklevoss Twins............21 Wiseman, Rosalind..........17 Woodruff, Lee...................8 Woodward, Bob...............21 WuDunn, Sheryl................5 Yellen, Sheldon...............31 Yunus, Muhammad..........15 Zogby, John....................25

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