Upcoming Speakers

March 2015

Monday, March 9
Tom Davis, Martin Frost

While the authors, Martin Frost and Tom Davis, share many common viewpoints, they come from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Tom Davis served in Congress from 1994 to 2008 representing Virginia’s 11th district. During that time, he chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee for two cycles (2000 and 2002), and was chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight before retiring, as he likes to say, “undefeated and unindicted” in 2008. Martin Frost represented the Dallas–Ft. Worth area of North Texas in Congress for 26 years, serving four years as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and four years as chair of the House Democratic Caucus. According to Frost and Davis, Congress is incapable of reforming itself without a good kick in the seat from the American public. They dissect the causes of legislative gridlock and offer a common sense, bipartisan plan for making our Congress function again. The preface by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sets the stage for this powerful behind-the-scenes narrative that uncovers the road to the present political gridlock and then offers thought-provoking insights and possibilities for the way out. 

Friday, March 13
Antonia Hernández

 As a Scholar in Residence at the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy Antonia Hernández will present her research on “Community Philanthropy and Public Service; Practice models in giving, civic engagement and leadership.” Hernandez is president and chief executive officer of the California Community Foundation. The California Community Foundation works to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles County so they can more effectively work toward improved quality of life for all Angelenos.

Monday, March 16
Dan Cogman

In 2009, then Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, embarked on a passionate, arduous, nearly two-year journey to make the most difficult decision of his life: whether or not to pursue the presidency of the United States. Don Cogman, a corporate and governmental affairs executive, shares a story of what it takes to run for President of the United States, the choices a potential candidate faces, and the hard decisions a candidate must make during the process. “Run Mitch, Run” offers a compelling, chronological glimpse into Daniels’ quest to make the right decision for not only himself and his family, but also his country. He reveals intriguing, behind-the-scene details as Daniels, with the help of eight devoted individuals, wrestled with the pros and cons of a presidential run. Cogman is one of the leaders in the communications industry, with over thirty years of public relations, public affairs, advertising, and consulting experience in New York and Washington D.C. 

Tuesday, March 17
Michael Sparer

Michael Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-income populations, and the ways in which inter-governmental relations influences policy, both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Sparer’s current projects include a review and analysis of lessons learned from thirty years of Medicaid managed care programs and a comparison of inter-governmental health politics in the U.S. and the UK. He is also working on a book funded by the RWJ Investigator Program, which examines how American Federalism influenced the politics and substance of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, March 18

Frederick Wiseman’s “National Gallery” takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. The documentary is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. Fred Wiseman is one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers. For close to thirty years, he has created an exceptional body of work consisting of thirty full-length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions. 

Thursday, March 19
Josh Ruxin

Josh Ruxin is assistant clinical professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the founder of Health Builders, which improves management systems in 86 health centers across Rwanda and has constructed 5 health facilities serving 150,000 people. He is director of the Access Project, Rwanda Works, and the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda. Dr. Ruxin has extensive experience operating at the intersection of public health, business, and international development. He has led projects in several developing countries and was an advisor to government and private sector leaders on business strategy and economic development. Dr. Ruxin was a Truman Scholar at Yale University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and a Marshall Scholar at the University of London. He is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Tuesday, March 31
Amir Dossal

Amir Dossal is Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, a non-profit working to address economic and social challenges through partnerships, which he established in 2010.  The GPF serves as a knowledge platform, providing changemakers with the tools to build innovative partnerships. Dossal is Co-Founder of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program, promoting transparency and accountability in the Middle East. He is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and was the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships.  As Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, he managed the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner; and forged strategic alliances to address the Millennium Development Goals. In 2005, established and managed the UN Democracy Fund, whose core mission was to strengthen institutions around the world, and enhance democratic governance in new restored democracies.