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Zeba Khan

Khan, Zeba

Writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement

is a writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement. Born and raised in Ohio by devout Muslim parents, she attended Hebrew school for 9 years all while actively participating in… more

Laura Tyson

Tyson, Laura

S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley

is the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. Tyson is a member of President Barack Obama’s… more

John Steele Gordon

Gordon, John Steele

Lifelong Author and Commentator on New York's Business and Financial History

Gordon's books include Hamilton's Blessing: the Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt (1997), The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000 (1999), and… more

Nouriel Roubini

Roubini, Nouriel

Professor, Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University.

Is a professor of economics and international business at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and co-founder and chairman of RGE Monitor, an economic and geo-strategic information service.… more

Arthur Laffer

Laffer, Arthur

Former member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, “the Father of Supply Side Economics,” and President of Laffer Associates

Arthur Laffer is the Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm, and Laffer Investments, an investment management firm.  In the 1980s, his economic acumen and… more

Niall Ferguson

Ferguson, Niall

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus (2002) and The War of the World (2006), Niall also… more

Phil Gramm

Gramm, Phil

Vice Chairman, UBS Investment Bank

a former Republican senator from Texas, joined UBS Investment Bank as the vice chairman in December of 2002, after serving twenty-four years in Congress, eighteen as a senator. more

Jerry Saltz

Saltz, Jerry

Senior Art Critic for New York magazine

Saltz is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. He has lectured at Harvard, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.… more

Max Boot

Boot, Max

Contributing Editor, Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times

Is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a… more

Chuck Close

Close, Chuck


Chuck's work has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions including many major museum retrospectives, and he has participated in almost 800 group exhibitions. Close was the recipient… more