United States Institute of Peace
Yousef Bashir is an activist, speaker, and author of the forthcoming memoir The Words of My Father, available for pre-order. Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was paralyzed from the waist down at age 15 after having been shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier.
Ambassador Barbara Bodine joins us to introduce, and provide a framework for, Yousef Bashir and Yossi Klein Halevi's discussion on the topic: What is the most pragmatic and ethical way to achieve a lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel?
Tony Fratto, Founder and Partner of Hamilton Place Strategies will provide framework for the second discussion on the topic of pursuit of Happiness, and introduce discussant Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown Unversity, as she examines the question: Is capitalism producing the impact outcomes needed in the 21st century, and is it a solution for, or cause of, the rising wealth gap in this country?
Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Robin Hunicke is the Co-Founder and CEO of the independent game studio Funomena, which creates experimental games for Console, PC, VR & AR platforms including the award-winning, IGF-Nominated VR fairytale Luna,
Dr. Avi Mandell is an exoplanet scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); his research focuses on the characterization of extrasolar planets and the formation and evolution of planetary systems, with the specific goal of understanding factors that determine whether a planetary system can support life and what the characteristics of these habitable planets will be.
Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Dr. Robert Waldinger is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on what predicts healthy adult development.
Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz is the Baruch S. Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress, and an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. She studies the ethics of Mars exploration, stellar magnetic activity, how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life, and how to use advanced computing to discover unusual events in large astronomical data sets.