Featured Speakers

Names and details will be added as speakers are confirmed. Please check back regularlay for additional details.


David Gergen | Sunday, Dec. 5, 8-9:30 a.m.

Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to serve first as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international adviser to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.


Gergen currently serves as editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and as a regular television commentator on CNN. He served as moderator of World @ Large, a 13-part PBS discussion series for two seasons. He is also a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and is director of its Center for Public Leadership. In the fall of 2000, he published the best-selling book Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He is currently working on a book that focuses on presidential transitions.

Gwen Ifill | Sunday, Dec. 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the vice presidential debate during the 2008 election.

Ifill joined both Washington Week and the NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics.
Before joining PBS, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent, and still appears as an occasional roundtable panelist on Meet The Press.
Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times, where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.


David Newman | Saturday, Dec.4, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Dr. David Newman is an emergency room physician and director of clinical research at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He also is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and served a tour of duty with the 344th combat support hospital in Baghdad, where he received an Army Commendation Medal.
A professor at Columbia University and the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Newman is also the author of Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine—What Doctors Don't Know, Don't Tell You, and How Truth Can Repair the Patient-Doctor Breach.