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Jon Meacham and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen

Jon Meacham and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
8 p.m.

Former presidential adviser David Gergen will moderate a thought-provoking discussion with two renowned political experts. Award-winning journalist Fareed Zakaria explores today’s most pressing issues each week on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of our nation’s most prominent intellectuals. Together, they’ll provide a memorable evening filled with ideas and insights.

 

 

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
8 p.m.

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad during his two terms in office (2001– 2009). After his presidency, he and former First Lady Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus. President Bush is the author of four bestselling books, including Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, featuring his paintings of 43 immigrants and their powerful stories.

 

 

Jerome Adams

Jerome Adams

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
8 p.m.

Jerome Adams served as the 20th surgeon general of the United States during which he tackled medical crises ranging from the impact of Category 5 hurricanes on public health to the evolution of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Trained as an anesthesiologist, Adams focuses on some of the most complex challenges of our time, including the link between economic prosperity and community health, and the efforts to destigmatize mental health issues and improve how they are addressed.

 

 

Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
8 p.m.

Artificial intelligence expert Ayesha Khanna sees the world moving past the pandemic toward a hyperlocal future where almost everything we need – fresh food, health care, jobs and education – could be within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. Khanna, the co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence solutions firm and incubator, is among the visionaries shaping our digital world. She also serves on a global council providing guidance on the impact and governance of emerging technologies.

 

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Lonnie G. Bunch III

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
8 p.m.

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo and a host of research and education centers. Bunch previously served as the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which he transformed into a national treasure. A widely published author, he has written on topics ranging from the Black military experience to the impact of funding and politics on American museums.

 

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

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Monday, March 21, 2022
8 p.m.

In bestselling biographies, historian and author Walter Isaacson explored the brilliance of disruptors as varied as Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs. In his latest book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race (2021), Isaacson offers a gripping account of the pioneering research in CRISPR gene editing by the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and her collaborators, including their recent work in developing and sharing COVID-19 diagnostic tools.

 

 

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
8 p.m.

Carla Harris never encountered a glass ceiling she didn’t give her all to shatter. Harris, a vice chairman, managing director and senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley, became the first Black member of the bank’s management committee in 1987. Since then, she has been named a top executive by Fortune, Black Enterprise and many other publications. The multifaceted executive is also an author and an acclaimed gospel singer who has performed five sold-out concerts in Carnegie Hall.