Arena Civil Dialogues
2018/19 Season Schedule
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: No deplorables here; how to understand each other
A dialogue of Trump supporters and opponents.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14: Exploring well-being in a digital world
In the digital age, does constant technology connection undermine our well-being? How can we use technology to improve our overall health? Can we prevent cyberbullying and online hate speech?
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11: What makes a great America?
Who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader?
Upcoming Dialogue Starters
Eileen J. O'Connor
Lee Liberman Otis
Frank Buckley is a foundation professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law. He is a frequent media guest and has appeared on Morning Joe, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, China’s CGTN, Newsmax, Radio France, the CBC, NPR and many others. He is a senior editor at The American Spectator, a columnist for the New York Post, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News, National Review, the American Conservative, the New Criterion, Real Clear Politics, the National Post and the Telegraph, amongst many others. His most recent books are The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What we Can Do About It (Encounter Books, 2017); The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America (Encounter Books, April 2016); The Once and Future King(Encounter Books, 2015);The American Illness (ed., Yale 2013); Fair Governance (Oxford 2009); Just Exchange (Routledge 2005); The Morality of Laughter (Michigan 2003); and The Fall and Rise of Freedom of Contract (ed. Duke 1999). His current project is a book on the themes of the 2016 election. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris II) and Sciences Po in Paris. He is a citizen of Canada and became an American citizen on Tax Day, April 15, 2014. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Esther, two German Shepherds and two cats (the good one and the evil one). His daughter, Sarah, and her husband Nick Mark, are fellows at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Annalisa Dias is a citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth. She is a producing playwright with The Welders, a D.C. playwright's collective; and is co-founder of the D.C. Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. Annalisa frequently teaches theatre of the oppressed and decolonization workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color and also works toward diversity and inclusion full time at the American Political Science Association. Recent original work includes 4380 Nights, a world premiere new play about detainees at Guantanamo and the historical legacy of global colonialism, which opened in January 2018 at D.C.'s Signature Theatre as part of the 2nd Women's Voices Theatre Festival. Upcoming work includes The Earth, That Is Sufficient, a world premiere new play about environmental history and hope for the future, to be produced by The Welders in Washington, D.C. More information at: http://annalisadias.weebly.com.
Michael Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University and co-editor of Dissent magazine, www.dissentmagazine.org. His latest book is War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918(2017). He is also the author American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation (2011), A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (2006), America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (with Maurice Isserman), 5th edition, 2015, The Populist Persuasion: An American History (revised editions, 1998, 2017) and Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era. (1987). In addition, he is editor-in-chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (2010) and co-editor (with Joseph McCartin) of the anthology Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal (2006). He has contributed to The Washington Post, The American Prospect, The Nation, The New Republic, Democracy, The New York Times Book, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs and many other publications and websites. He is currently working on a history of the Democratic Party, under contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kazin has been awarded many fellowships, including ones from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and the Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University’s Heller School. He was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute and serves on its executive committee. Kuttner is the author of eleven books on politics and economics, most recently Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? He has written articles for every major US national magazine, including the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the Atlantic, Harpers, Foreign Affairs, as well as the New Statesman, and has served as national policy correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a featured weekly columnist for Huffington Post. His other positions have included national staff writer and syndicated columnist on The Washington Post, where he was on the Watergate team; chief investigator for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee; economics editor of The New Republic; and columnist for Business Week and for the Boston Globe. Robert Kuttner was educated at Oberlin, The London School of Economics, and the University of California at Berkeley. He holds honorary doctorates from Oberlin and Swarthmore. He has also taught at Boston University, the University of Oregon, University of Massachusetts and Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Amitai Etzioni (curator and moderator) is a university professor and professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor at the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and University of California at Berkeley; and served as president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals. Etzioni is the author of many books, including The Limits of Privacy (1999) and Privacy in a Cyber Age (2015). His most recent book, Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism, was published by Springer in January 2018.
Eileen J. O'Connor
Eileen J. O’Connor is an attorney and business consultant. A CPA early in her career, she is a member of the bars of the Tax Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, and has presented oral argument in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. O’Connor is Vice-Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Board, of Americans United for Life. She is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society. Ms. O’Connor devoted many years to tax practice with national accounting and law firms. In 2001, the Senate confirmed President George W. Bush’s appointment of Ms. O’Connor to be Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she served for six years. More recently, she served as a member of the Treasury Department Transition Landing Team for then President-elect Trump. http://www.ejoconnor.com/
Lee Liberman Otis
Lee Liberman Otis is the senior vice president and faculty division director of the Federalist Society. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) and chair of the Conference’s Judicial Review Committee and as the co-chair of the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. She previously was a special assistant and an associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, general counsel of the Department of Energy, an associate in the appellate section of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, an associate counsel to President George H.W. Bush and a law clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. She also served as an assistant professor of law at George Mason, where she taught legislation, federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, civil procedure and appellate advocacy. Ms. Otis has been an important member of the Federalist Society team since the organization’s beginnings 25 years ago. Together with David McIntosh, she led the effort to start what became the Chicago chapter of the Society. She also helped organize the Society’s first conference at Yale, its second conference at Chicago and its first Lawyers Division chapter in Washington, D.C., as well as the effort to incorporate the Society, recruit its permanent staff and obtain its early funding. She was a founding director of the Federalist Society.
Enlightening Conversations that Will Explore Social and Political Topics that Affect Us Today
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host additional community conversations as a part of the Arena Civil Dialogues series. The conversations seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, D.C. community to engage in civil discourse about social and political issues, and will demonstrate—with the goal—that people of diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. Each Arena Civil Dialogue will feature prominent Dialogue Starters, and will be moderated by Amitai Etzioni, a University Professor at The George Washington University and author. The conversations will be dedicated to discussion among participants about topics related to current events.
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Past Civil Dialogues and Starters
The Robots Are Coming
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute, and between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Bernstein holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University and is the author and coauthor of numerous books including The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity. Bernstein has published extensively in various venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post and The American Prospect. He is an on-air commentator for the cable station CNBC and a contributor to The Washington Post’s PostEverything blog.
Amitai Etzioni is a University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He served as a Senior Advisor at the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and University of California at Berkeley; and served as president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals. Etzioni is the author of many books, including The Limits of Privacy (1999)and Privacy in a Cyber Age (2015). His most recent book, Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism, was published by Springer in January 2018.
Molly Kinder is a Senior Adviser on Work, Workers and Technology at New America. She is also a research fellow and adjunct faculty at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy, where she teaches a graduate policy seminar on the social, policy and economic implications of artificial intelligence. Previously, Kinder was co-founder and vice president of a $200 million social impact fund and served in the Obama administration as a director in a new innovation program. She directed a Pakistan initiative at the Center for Global Development and co-authored the center's best-selling book. Kinder worked overseas in Liberia, India and Pakistan and holds a master's degree in public administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His widely-used contributions include the clickable highlighted weblinks, high-precision touchscreen keyboards for mobile devices and tagging for photos. Shneiderman’s advanced work on information visualization includes dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps for hierarchical data, novel network visualizations for NodeXL and event sequence analysis for electronic health records. Ben wrote The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, and his Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs the New Computing Technologies won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.
Mary Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division, where she leads Human Rights Watch’s advocacy against particularly problematic weapons that pose a significant threat to civilians. She is also serving as the global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. From 2006 to 2008, Wareham served as advocacy director for Oxfam New Zealand, leading its efforts to secure an arms trade treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. From 1998 to 2006, Wareham was senior advocate for the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and was responsible for global coordination of the Landmine Monitor research initiative, which verifies compliance and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. From 1996 to 1997, Wareham worked for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, assisting Jody Williams in coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize together with Williams. Wareham worked as a researcher for the New Zealand parliament from 1995 to 1996 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab.During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner. He is a Senior member of IEEE and AGI, Member of Kentucky Academy of Science and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI. Yampolskiy holds a PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He was a recipient of a four year National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies Dr. Yampolskiy received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. After completing his PhD dissertation, he held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is an alumnus of Singularity University and a Visiting Fellow of the Singularity Institute (Machine Intelligence Research Institute). Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books, including Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach.
Exploring the future of race relations in America
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Dr. Niambi M. Carter is a proud member of the Department of Political Science at Howard University. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University (2007) working primarily in the area of American Politics with a specific focus on Race and Ethnic Politics. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards from organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, and the Western Political Science Association. Her book manuscript focuses on African American public opinion on immigration. Her most recent, co-authored work is entitled “Policy Symmetry and Cross-Racial Linked Fate in the Early Years of the Obama Presidency,” appears in the most recent issue of Politics, Groups, and Identities. Niambi is also actively involved in other work that examines lynching and race in American politics, “back to Africa” movements and African American immigration at the turn of the 20th century, and the political ideology of African American Republicans. Her work has appeared in a host of publication, such as the Journal of Politics; Political Psychology; the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy; the DuBois Review; Politics and Gender; and the Journal of African American Studies.
Clarissa Martínez De Castro is the Deputy Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation for UnidosUS (formerly known as the National Council of La Raza), which is the largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization in the country. She has discussed race relations and Hispanic-American issues in forums in the past. A frequent commentator on the Latino electorate and immigration issues on television, radio and print media, she received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and her master’s degree from Harvard University. In 2007, Clarissa served as manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a multi-sector network of national, state, and local organizations committed to advancing policy solutions on immigration. She also served as Public Policy Coordinator for the Southwest Voter Research Institute, Assistant Director of the California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California, Organizer for the Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, and Union Representative for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member of the U.S. Vote Foundation and is a member of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in education, civil rights and equal opportunity. Richard has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling and “arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions.” He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2007); and The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action (Basic Books, 1996). Previously, Kahlenberg was a Fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Lisa Rice, in her capacity as Executive Vice President with the National Fair Housing Alliance, oversees the resource development, public policy, communication and enforcement divisions of the agency. She is responsible for helping to achieve the organization’s goal of addressing the crisis of segregation in America and the ultimate objective of achieving equal housing opportunities for all Americans. Lisa joined NFHA after serving as CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center and the Northwest Ohio Development Agency (NODA). While serving at the organizations, Lisa developed and implemented the state of Ohio’s first anti-predatory lending remediation program. Throughout her career, she has worked to pass legislation and promote policies that expand access to quality credit and equal housing opportunities. Lisa served on the state of Ohio’s Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, and the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and is a current member of the JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, the Mortgage Bankers Association's Consumer Advisory Council and the America’s Homeowner Alliance Advisory Board.
Janelle Wong received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She is Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Wong is author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. The most recent is Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first nationally representative survey of Asian Americans’ political attitudes and behavior. Jannelle’s research is on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Her latest book is Immigrants, Evangelicals, and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change, published in May 2018 by the Russell Sage Foundation Press. The study is based on qualitative interviews, participant observation in Los Angeles and Houston, and analysis of survey data. As a scholar and teacher, Janelle has worked closely with social service, labor, civil rights, and media organizations that serve the Asian American population.
Exploring what we owe other people
Monday, April 23, 2018
John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international and national security law practices of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and an Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the Legal Adviser for the Department of State from 2005–2009 under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and previously as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001–2005. He previously served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and as Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.
Dr. Esther Brimmer is the Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She has been the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She served in the Department of State three times, including as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Earlier in her career she was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She has published numerous articles and edited eight books on transatlantic relations. Her work has been translated into five languages. She is a member of the Department of Defense National Security Education Board and the Executive Board of the Atlantic Council. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in international relations from Oxford University and her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.
Elisa Massimino is the President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations with offices in Washington, New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. Established in 1978, Human Rights First’s mission is to ensure that the United States is a global leader on human rights. The organization works in the United States and abroad to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Elisa joined Human Rights First as a staff attorney in 1991 to help establish the D.C. office. Previously, Elisa was a litigator at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where she was pro bono counsel in many human rights cases. Elisa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Supreme Court Bar. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of Trinity University.
Christopher Preble is the Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of three books including The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free (Cornell, 2009) and has co-edited several other books and monographs, including most recently Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America’s Global Role (Cato, 2016) with Emma Ashford and Travis Evans. His work has appeared in major publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy and he is a frequent guest on television and radio. Christopher also teaches the U.S. Foreign Policy elective at the University of California, Washington Center. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University and is a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.
Wai Wai Nu is the director and founder of Women Peace Network. Wai Wai was a political prisoner for seven years under the Burmese military government, and emerged to serve as a national – and international – voice for Burma’s human rights and democracy movement. Wai Wai was deeply moved by the escalated violence she encountered upon her release from prison. As a result, she formed the Women’s Peace Network, as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities, and to empower and advocate for the rights of marginalized women in Arakan and Myanmar. Through the Women’s Peace Network she has been campaigning for women’s rights, an end to impunity. Wai Wai has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and improve human rights situation of her people Rohingya. In 2014, after completion of her law degree she founded Justice for Women, which operates as a network of female lawyers providing legal consultation and education for the women of Burma. In 2016, Wai Wai has founded a Yangon Youth Leadership Center where young people can learn and explore their ideas and promote leadership in social, political and peace-building. She was awarded N-Peace award (peace generation) and selected as a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC in 2014. She was listed as one of the Next Generation Leader in the world by Time Magazine in March 2017. Wai Wai was recently awarded the 2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women.
Exploring the thesis that surveillance is excessive and privacy is endangered both by the government and by private corporations
Monday, March 26, 2018
Matthew Olsen has worked for over two decades as a leading government official on national security, intelligence and law enforcement issues. He is the co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm based in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Matthew served for three years as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Created by Congress in response to the attacks of September 11, NCTC is responsible for the integration and analysis of terrorism information and strategic operational planning of counterterrorism activities. Prior to joining NCTC, Matthew was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as NSA’s chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law and cyber operations. Matthew also served in leadership positions at the Department of Justice, where he managed national security and criminal cases and helped establish the National Security Division. Matthew also was Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For over a decade, Matthew worked as a federal prosecutor, and he began his public service career as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. In addition to his work with IronNet Cybersecurity, Matthew teaches at Harvard Law School and is a national security analyst for ABC News. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and serves on the board of Human Rights First and several government advisory boards. He also is affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, where he helps lead a project on cybersecurity. Matthew graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.
Gabe Rottman is the director of the Reporters Committee’s Technology and Press Freedom Project, which integrates legal, policy and public education efforts to protect newsgathering and First Amendment freedoms as they intersect with emerging technological challenges and opportunities. Gabe comes to RCFP from PEN America, where he opened the organization’s Washington, D.C., office and served as its first Washington director. He also was the deputy director for the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Freedom, Security and Technology Project. At CDT, he led efforts on cybersecurity policy and worked extensively on electronic surveillance and the rights of security researchers. From 2012 to 2015, Gabe served as the lead federal legislative and regulatory counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union on open government, press freedom and the First Amendment. Following law school, Gabe was a litigation associate in the D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP with a focus on antitrust matters and national security foreign investment review. He has been published in, among other outlets, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, CNN and Roll Call, and has testified before Congress. Gabe is a 2017 cyber fellow in the Fellowship in Advanced Cyber Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a joint honors B.A. from McGill University in political science and history, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was notes editor on the Georgetown Law Journal.
Jeffrey Rosen is the author of five books, most recently Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet. His new biography of William Howard Taft was published in March 2018. He is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a law professor at George Washington University, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. He was previously the legal affairs editor of The New Republic and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Jeffrey is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and Yale Law School.
Frank Torres is the Senior Director of Consumer Affairs for the Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company’s engagement strategy with consumer and privacy advocates, civil rights organizations and other non-profit organizations, including managing federal and advocacy outreach with product and services teams across Microsoft. Frank also directs federal policy activity and strategy on privacy and Internet safety issues related to consumers and represents Microsoft’s interests on those issues in Congress and before federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission. He helps to coordinate the company’s healthcare and health IT policy at the federal level. Frank was invited by the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to provide expert advice on the role of analysts in providing investment advice to consumers. He was a leading consumer advocate during the consideration of legislation on digital signatures, online privacy, financial services modernization and investor protections. Frank received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.