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Andrew Solomon

Author, Far From the Tree & Prof. of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

Andrew Solomon is a writer, lecturer, and a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University. Solomon's newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012),… more

Nick Hanauer

Nick Hanauer

Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist

Nick Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors, and managers in the Northwest, with over 30 years of experience across a broad range of industries. He has managed,… more

Edward Conard

Edward Conard

Visiting Scholar, AEI & Former Partner, Bain Capital

Edward Conard is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on US economic policy — in particular, on the effect of taxes, government policies, and finance… more

Scott Winship

Scott Winship

Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Scott Winship is the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Previously a fellow at the Brookings Institution, his areas of expertise include living standards and economic mobility, inequality,… more

Burt Neuborne

Burt Neuborne

Professor, NYU Law & Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice

Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and the founding legal director of the… more

Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout

Assoc. Professor, Fordham Law & Fmr. Nat’l Dir., Sunlight Foundation

Zephyr Teachout is an associate law professor at Fordham Law School. She writes about political law, with a focus on corruption: her book Corruption in America (Harvard University Press) is… more

Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams

1st Amendment Authority & Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Floyd Abrams, one of the leading legal authorities on the First Amendment and U.S. constitutional law, is a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Cahill Gordon & Reindel… more

Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman

Columnist, Slate and Chronicle of Higher Education

Rebecca Schuman, Ph.D. is a writer, speaker, adjunct professor, and activist on behalf of adjunct and contingent faculty in the United States. She is a columnist for Slate and the… more

Jonathan Cole

Jonathan Cole

Provost and Dean Emeritus, Columbia University

Jonathan R. Cole is John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University, where he served as provost and dean of faculties (1989-2003) and vice president of arts and sciences (1987-1989). In… more

Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Founder and CEO, Minerva Project

Ben Nelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Minerva Project, a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students. Prior to Minerva, he spent more than 10… more