12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
The Shared Roots of Extremism
Recent years have seen the wane of the threat of ISIS, even as white supremacists carry out more violent attacks across the globe, from Christchurch, New Zealand, to Charlottesville, Va. What leads someone down the path of political extremism, what causes them to become violent, and how do authorities or community leaders help stop — or reverse — extremism?
JJ MacNab, Farah Pandith, Graeme Wood; Moderator: Nicole Carroll; $55 includes lunch; St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Is 40 the New 20 for Pro Athletes?
Williams, Jordan, James, Brady. They’re among a growing class of the superstar athletes delivering career-best performances well past what's been considered peak age for their sports. As this phenomenon becomes more common in myriad professional sports, it begs the questions how and why now? What has changed? How are experience and maturity winning out over inevitable, natural physical decline? Top athletes in their respective sports share details about the training and lifestyle changes that are keeping them as strong as their younger selves.
Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Hilaree Nelson; Moderator: Jon Frankel; $30; Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Suicide Touches All of Us – What Can We Do About It?
Over the last 20 years, suicide has become a full-blown national emergency. There are now more than twice as many suicides in the United States as homicides, and it’s the 10th leading cause of death. For every person who dies by suicide, approximately 30 more attempt it. Adding to the complexity of the issue, the spike can’t be explained by any sort of demographic logic. Rich, poor, seniors, teenagers, men, women, and nearly every ethnicity — they are all struggling — and more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. This crisis touches us all. What needs to be done, both at a national level and a community level, to reverse the trend? What can the average person do to make a difference? Are policymakers making headway? How can we support those left behind?
If you are at risk, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for support: 800-273-8255.
Agnes McKeen, Christine Moutier, Laura Trujillo; Moderator: Nicole Carroll; $30; Wheeler Opera House Bar
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Is Diplomacy Dead?
The hard work of diplomacy, often mostly invisible, is arguably more important now than ever. In a shifting geopolitical landscape characterized by the emergence of Russia and China as significant rivals to the United States, new dangers threaten the American idea and an American-led world order. And yet, our diplomatic muscles have atrophied. Ambassador William Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, served five presidents and 10 secretaries of state in postings all over the word. Join Burns, The Atlantic’s George Packer, and NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly for a conversation about the art of diplomacy, lessons from our shared past, and musings on diplomacy’s destiny in the emergent world order.
William Burns, George Packer; Moderator: Mary Louise Kelly; $30; St. Regis Hotel Ballroom