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2019-2020 Big Questions

Location Date Big Questions Discussion Topic Speaker
2019-2020 Big Questions Events
Portland, Ore. September 26, 2019 Do the humanities matter? Professor of English and Director of Digital Liberal Arts Andrea Kaston Tange
Washington, D.C. October 24, 2019 Is democracy worth saving? Professor of Political Science Adrienne Christiansen in conversation with Minh Ta ’97, Vice President, Global Government Affairs at The Carlyle Group
New York City November 6, 2019 Should the Supreme Court be the most important issue in any presidential election? Jeffrey Toobin P ’13, chief legal analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker
Philadelphia November 7, 2019 Does activism belong in athletics? Director of Athletics Donnie Brooks, in conversation with NFL Chief Disciplinary Officer B. Todd Jones ’79
Ann Arbor, MI November 18, 2019 Why isn’t inclusion enough? Dean of Multicultural Life Marjorie Trueblood and Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship Donna Maeda, in conversation with Patricia King ’72, Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan
San Francisco January 9, 2020 Can social media be used for good? Professor Andrew Beveridge, mathematics, statistics, and computer science and Kofi Amoo-Gottfried ’01, VP of Marketing at Doordash
Los Angeles January 11, 2020 Can embracing the arts reconnect our common humanity? Patricia Brown, NTT Instructor of Dance, African-based Movement Ensemble, Theater and Dance Department; and Professor Michael McGaghie, Director of Choral Activities, Music Department
Denver February 6, 2020 Will the rivers run dry? Professor Roopali Phadke, Chair of Environmental Studies in conversation with Katie Clifford ’09, postdoctoral fellow, USGS
Twin Cities February 19, 2020 Can poverty and inequality ever be eradicated? Gloria Perez ’88, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, in conversation with Provost and Dean of the Faculty Karine Moe
London *Event Canceled* March 19, 2020 What’s the status of the American Way? This event has been canceled.