FORUM II: In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny
Oct. 12, 2020; 7 PM (CT)
Never before has humanity faced today's level of crisis and uncertainty, change and scale of disruption. But it is also a tipping point in history. There is a renewed seriousness of purpose around the fight for racial justice and equity—a fight that gained traction in the LBJ era but has since stalled. This forum sheds light on the leadership and vision that can lead us forward. See the online conversation.
Session I: Genius for Good
One of the world's most transformative philanthropists discusses emboldening women and their role in changing the world — for good.
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Founder, Pivotal Ventures
Pat Mitchell, Chair, Sundance Institute; Co-Chair, Women's Media Center; former CEO, PBS and the Paley Center for Media
Session II: Getting to Financial Equity
The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the yawning economic divide. Jamie Dimon has been among a handful of business leaders sounding the alarms about inequality while defending free markets at a time when socialist ideas are gaining political traction. How should the private sector shape an economy that serves all Americans?
Session III: Capturing the American Experience
Before he was appointed the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie Bunch III built the National Museum of African American History and Culture with a goal to create "a place that would make America better." A lifelong historian and museum leader who expertly balances a respect for the past with a passion for innovation, Bunch shares his insights about how we all best apply multidisciplinary knowledge in order to tackle societal problems, unite divided communities, and give our children greater access to quality education.
Session IV: Innovation on the Fringe
Tackling the world's most unrecognized problems is the goal of the XPRIZE, which funds industry-changing technology to bring us closer to a safer, more sustainable planet. Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman in space and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, will showcase breakthroughs that are leading us to a better future.
Session V: Higher Education Reimagined
There may never be a time when higher education is considered more important than now, and public higher education, which produces 70% of the degrees, is especially important. It offers the opportunity for individuals to achieve their potential and offers society the best hope for economic competitiveness and civic participation—enduring values embraced by President Johnson throughout his lifetime. Given today's current global challenges, the need to increase participation and educational attainment, as well as provide for lifelong reskilling, are critical. Chancellor Milliken shares his insights on how colleges and universities need to address new realities, reimagine the future, and reach the populations who need it — and fast.
Session VI: Leadership in the Age of COVID
How can the United States regain its leadership role in the midst of a global pandemic, threats from China and Russia and its own domestic turmoil? In the past several years, the U.S. has taken an America First approach that has separated us from important international alliances and brought into question the future of U.S. leadership on the international stage. In this discussion, Adm. William McRaven will discuss his thoughts on how best to establish our credibility, strengthen our alliances and forge a brighter future for American foreign policy.
Adm. William McRaven, U.S. Navy (Ret.); Professor of National Security, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Interviewed by Douglas Brinkley, Author and Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history, Rice University
Session VII: Democracy Forward: Building a Culture of Belonging
A voting rights champion and military vet-turned-presidential candidate share their visions for a future that connects and empowers everyone.