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A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik is a professor of accountancy and the Director of the V. K Zimmerman Center for International Education and Research in Accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his undergraduate degree in commerce from Cairo University, an M.B.A. (Accounting) and an M.A. (Economics) from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Ph.D. (Accountancy) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at Illinois, Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of Florida before returning to the University of Illinois.  Professor Abdel-khalik has published articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Research in Accounting, Decision Sciences, Organization Studies, and the European Accounting Review and has authored and co-authored research studies published by the American Accounting Association and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. He is currently the Editor of the International Journal of Accounting and has served as the founding editor of Journal of Accounting Literature and editor of The Accounting Review, the quarterly research journal of the American Accounting Association.

Robert Aguilera is the General Manger and Cheese Buyer for Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, M.A. He has worked for Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal for over four years. During this time he has traveled with the Gurdals to Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain to find new cheeses and specialty grocery products for the three stores in Cambridge, Boston and New York. Robert also teaches cheese and wine, and cheese and beer, classes at the Cambridge store on Sundays and at the Boston Center for Adult Education and the Brookline Center for Adult Education.

Professor Guy Alitto obtained his doctorate in History in 1975 at Harvard, where he taught briefly before coming to the University of Chicago in 1980. His major publications both Western and Chinese language works, including The Last Confucian: Liang Shu-ming and the Chinese Dilemma of Modernity (Revised and enlarged second edition) Berkeley, 1986, winner of the J.K.Fairbank prize for best work on East Asian history 1978-1979), and Shijie fanwei neide fanxiandaihua sichao: lun wenhua shoucheng zhuyi (Anti-Modernization Thought Trends in a Worldwide Perspective: On Cultural Conservatism, Guiyang,1991). In 1972 he was the American interpreter for the first official delegations from China to visit the U.S., and performed similar missions after that. In 2001, he was the interpreter of the "EP-3 Recovery Team" sent to Hainan Island, China, to recover the electronic surveillance plane downed by a Chinese fighter-plane.

Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations at Boston University. Dr. Bacevich is the author most recently of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005). His previous books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002)and The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire (2003). His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications to include The Wilson Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times among other newspapers. Dr. Bacevich is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Congresswoman Melissa Bean was sworn into office on January 4, 2005 and is serving her first term as U.S. Representative to Illinois. Eighth Congressional District, which includes portions of Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties. Rep. Bean serves on the House Financial Services Committee, including the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology. She also serves on the House Committee on Small Business, where she is a member of the Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment, and Government Programs; and the Subcommittee on Tax, Finance, and Exports. Rep. Bean brings her 20-year business and entrepreneurial background combined with a deep commitment to her community as a wife and mother, to her role in Congress, where she is working to increase access to affordable health insurance, provide meaningful tax relief, improve the climate for small businesses, and demand greater fiscal responsibility and accountability from Congress and the federal government.

Jack Beatty joined The Atlantic Monthly as a senior editor in September of 1983, having previously worked as a book reviewer at Newsweek and as the literary editor of The New Republic. He writes monthly column for The Atlantic Online and is the editor of Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America, which was named one of the top ten books of 2001 by Business Week. His previous books are The World According to Peter Drucker (1998) and The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley (1992).

Marsha Bemko, Executive Producer of Antiques Roadshow, has a television career that spans more than twenty years. In addition to helming three-time Emmy Award-nominated Antiques Roadshow, Bemko was executive producer of the companion series, Antiques Roadshow FYI. Prior to joining Roadshow as senior producer in 1999, Bemko worked on a variety of WGBH-produced public affairs programs for PBS. She was WGBH's coordinating producer for national programming and the series producer for Culture Shock (1999), a historical series about censorship in the arts and freedom of expression, produced by WGBH Boston and broadcast nationally on PBS. Bemko served as coordinating producer for Discovering Women (1995), a series about six women scientists. She produced, wrote and directed on-air promos for the award-winning Frontline public affair series and was a Frontline associate producer for six years beginning in 1982.  A graduate of Westfield State College, Bemko lives in Needham, MA with her husband and two daughters.

James Bennet is The Atlantic's newly appointed editor, joining the publication in early 2006. Before joining the Atlanticstaff, Bennet was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. During his three years in Israel, his coverage of the Middle East conflict was widely acclaimed for its balance and sensitivity. Bennet is a graduate of Yale University who began his journalism career at The Washington Monthly. Prior to his work in Jerusalem, he served as the Times' White House correspondent and was preparing to join its Beijing bureau when he was offered the Atlantic editorship. Upon accepting the position, Bennet told a Times reporter that he saw the Atlantic job as "a chance to help, encourage and preserve the practice of serious, long-form journalism."

As CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Adam Bly guides Seed Media Group’s overall business and content strategy. Adam has been named a “Young Leader of Tomorrow” (Maclean’s) and a “Media Executive to Watch” (Folio) for his pioneering vision and leadership at the helm of Seed Media Group. With Seed, Adam set out to create a new type of magazine that captured the ideas, issues and icons shaping our global science culture. Seed has since established itself as one the most successful recent independent magazine launches.  Adam’s achievements have been highlighted by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, “for showing people the scope and power of science not just as an object of study but as a key to understanding the world around us,” and with the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. Adam is the recipient of numerous international prizes, including the Intel Award for Biochemistry, and the Prix du Centre Jacques Cartier. He has spoken extensively on science and its place in our society, most notably at the United Nations World Conference on Science in Budapest, the Expo Sciences Internationale in South Africa, the Entretiens Jacques Cartier in France, the World Policy Institute in New York, and at universities including MIT, Columbia, and McGill.

Christopher Buckley is an American political satirist and author of several novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You For Smoking: A Novel, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat A First Lady, Wet Work and, most recently, Florence of Arabia.  After graduating from Yale University, he was managing editor of Esquire Magazine at age 24.  Only five years later he published his first best seller, Steaming to Bamboola and became chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. In 1989, the late Malcolm Forbes hired him to start a new magazine, Forbes FYI. He has been editor of chief of the publication since then. Buckley has written for many national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, US News and World Report, and Vanity Fair.  In 2002, Buckley received the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.

Carl Cannon is a White House correspondent for National Journal. In 1999, he was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. Before joining the magazine in May of 1998, Cannon worked for six newspapers over a 20-year span. Cannon was elected president of the White House Correspondents' Association in 2003 and in 2004 published The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War. He is also a co-author of Boy Genius, a biography of top Bush White House aide Karl Rove, and serves as the in-house writing coach at National Journal. A native of San Francisco, Cannon attended the University of Colorado, majoring in journalism.

Richard Cavanagh joined The Conference Board in November 1995 after serving for eight years as executive dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. During his decade of leadership, this global, non-profit, business research group has been the world’s most cited private source of business intelligence, and undertook major initiatives in international economics, corporate governance and workplace diversity. Before assuming his Harvard University position, Cavanagh worked 17 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management-consulting firm, where he led the Firm’s public issues consulting practice. He held senior positions at The White House Office of Management & Budget, during which he led a Government-wide effort to improve cash management that saved the Government $12 billion. He co-authored the best selling management book, The Winning Performance, which has been published in 13 national editions. Mr. Cavanagh is the non-executive chairman of the Educational Testing Service, and a trustee of Aircraft Finance Trust and The BlackRock Mutual Funds. He is a director of Arch Chemicals, The Fremont Group and The Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Dr. Audrey Chun completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She then finished her fellowship in geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she also served as Chief Fellow. As a recipient of a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), she has continued to pursue her clinical interests that include geriatric assessment, medical education, and ambulatory care. She has special interest in the ethical issues surrounding the care of older adults and chronically ill adults. She is active in the educational programs of Geriatrics and Palliative Care and regularly participates in the education of medical students, residents, geriatrics fellows and colleagues at her home institution and nationally. Currently, she is the medical director of the Coffey Geriatrics Practice at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Richard E. Cohen has been congressional reporter for National Journal since 1977. He writes on legislative and electoral politics and deals regularly with a broad cross-section of Members of Congress. He was the 1990 winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.  In addition to his magazine work, Cohen is an author of numerous books about Congress. Since 2001, he has been co-author with Michael Barone of The Almanac of American Politics.  His biography of former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the long-time chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was published by Ivan R. Dee Publisher of Chicago in 1999, with a paperback edition in 2000. His previous titles include Washington at Work: Back Rooms and Clean Air, on the enactment of the 1990 Clean Air Act, Changing Course in Washington: Clinton and the New Congress, and Congressional Leadership: Seeking a New Role. He also has been a frequent contributor to other publications, including the Sunday ``Opinion'' section of the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, and he has been a regular guest on TV and cable news programs. He has served many years as a member of the executive committee of the congressional periodical galleries, including as chairman.

Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and Director of its Center on Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been repeatedly listed by the National Law Journal as among its "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." Professor Coffee has been a member of the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange, the Legal Advisory Board of the NASD, the Market Regulation Committee of the NASD, and the Economic Advisory Board to Nasdaq. He served as a Reporter to the American Law Institute for its Principles of Corporate Governance: Analysis and Recommendations, was a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on the Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes, and served as chairperson of the Section on Business Associations of the Association of American Law Schools. Oxford University Press published Coffee's book, Gatekeepers: The Professions and Corporate Governance (2006). Professor Coffee testified repeatedly before Committees of both the Senate and the House during the drafting of Sarbanes-Oxley and assisted the Senate Finance Committee in drafting. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford, Michigan and Virginia law schools and at several foreign law schools. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Amherst College.

Fabien Cousteau, a third-generation oceanographer, shares his father's and grandfather's love of deep sea adventure. Only four years old when he first dove, he has been diving and working to educate others about our oceans ever since. Fabien's latest oceanic passion is the understanding and protection of sharks. In 2006, CBS aired Fabien's television special, Mind of a Demon. Fabien, with the help of a large crew, created a 14 foot, 1,200 pound, lifelike shark submarine for the program. The simulated shark enables Fabien to move inside the shark world, providing viewers with a rare view of the enigmatic creature. Fabien plays a key role in his father's upcoming PBS series: Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. He eagerly anticipates illuminating viewers to the mysteries of the ocean. He likely won't have difficulty attracting the attention: People Magazine named Fabien the "Sexiest Man of the Sea" in 2002. Fabien lives in New York City.

For 20 years, writer Vicki Constantine Croke has been covering animal issues in print and broadcast media, traveling to East Africa, the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic Circle, Tasmania, and Madagascar. “Animal Beat,” her column on wildlife and pet issues, ran for 14 years in The Boston Globe. As a contributor to NPR’s environment show Living on Earth, she has reported on topics ranging from gorilla conservation to a coyote vasectomy. Her book, The Lady and the Panda (Random House 2005), the true story of the intrepid American who brought the first live giant panda out of China in 1936, received critical acclaim and is being adapted for film by Michael Cunningham for Focus Features. Croke’s other books include The Modern Ark: Zoos Past, Present and Future (Scribner), a comprehensive look at zoos and the issues of keeping animals in captivity, and Animal ER (Dutton), which followed emergency room cases at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Croke has written for numerous publications including Time, The Washington Post and Popular Science and continues to report on animal issues for NECN television in Boston.

Clive Crook is a Senior Editor of The Atlantic. In addition to his work for the magazine, he writes a column for National Journal and serves as chief editorial adviser to David Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media Group. He was formerly on the staff of The Economist, latterly from 1993 to 2005 as deputy editor. A graduate of Oxford and the London School of Economics, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank and worked as an official in the British Treasury. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Curtis has written about travel, history, cocktails, architecture and other subjects for Atlantic Monthly, Preservation, American Heritage, Canadian Geographic, American Scholar, andthe New York Times. He's written guidebooks to Maine and other destinations for Frommer's and Globe-Pequot, and most recently he's the author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails (Crown, July 2006). In 2002 he was named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.

Solomon Darwin, Executive Director, CFRM, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, was formerly an Associate Professor of clinical accounting at the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California. Darwin brings more than nine years national and international teaching experience in financial and managerial accounting, along with 14 years of practical experience gained while serving as a senior manager of finance and vice president for Bank of America, vice president of finance and manager of planning and analysis for First Interstate Bank, and Corporate Controller of Glenfed Inc. He also serves as chairman of the board for Project India, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, and spearheaded the establishment of a charity hospital and an international school in Mori, India. Darwin holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He completed an executive management program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business.

George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston, and Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He is Associate Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children's Hospital and a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Dr. Daley's research is aimed at translating insights in stem cell biology into cellular therapies for degenerative, malignant, and genetic diseases. His laboratory reported the first successful application of therapeutic cloning of embryonic stem cells to treat genetic disease in a mouse model of immune deficiency (together with Rudolf Jaenisch), and the first creation of functional sperm cells from embryonic stem cells, work that was cited by Science magazine as a "Top Ten" breakthrough for 2003.

Patrick Dillon is executive editor of California Monthly Magazine. He also writes for the Christian Science Monitor.He was editor ofForbes ASAP, where he edited Pat Conroy, Reynolds Price, Sherwin Nuland, George Plimpton, P.J. O’Rourke, Christopher Buckley, Ann Patchett, George Gilder, Tom Wolfe, Mark Helprin and Diane McWhorter. He has won numerous awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. He has directed web content for Quokka Sports, including the Whitbread Round the World yacht race and the Sydney Olympics. He was also the assistant managing editor of the San Jose Mercury News and was editor of West, the newspaper’s award-winning Sunday magazine. His columns and essays have appeared in more than 100 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Fast Company and Coastal Living . He is the author of a satirical novel The Last Best Thing and the non-fiction book Lost at Sea, proclaimed one of the best non-fiction books of 1998. He has been a frequent guest on CNN and National Public Radio.

Dorothy Ehrlich, the new Deputy Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, has been on the frontlines of every civil liberties struggle in California for more than three decades. Before assuming her new post, she served as Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California—the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation—for 28 years.  She has led campaigns around reproductive rights, opposition to the death penalty, censorship, and civil rights, as well as launched projects focused on youth, racial justice, and language rights. Ehrlich has been the driving force behind the ACLU-NC’s vigorous response to the federal erosion of civil liberties since September 11, 2001. Ehrlich has received civil rights leadership awards from the Asian Law Caucus and Equal Rights Advocates and was honored with the Mario Cuomo Acts of Courage Award from Death Penalty Focus. She was awarded a Gerbode Fellowship in 1992. She is a frequent contributor to KQED Radio’s Perspectives Series, the Daily Journal’s “Taking Liberties” column, and other publications.

Charles Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is "Of Counsel" to Holland & Knight. He was a Professor at the Stetson University College of Law. His expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School. He contributes regularly to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the NACD's Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning and Director Evaluation. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Committee on Corporate Governance and a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws. He served as a director of Circon Corporation, Sunbeam Corporation, Nuevo Energy Company, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of AutoZone, Inc., Alderwoods Group, HealthSouth Corporation.

James Fallows is The Atlantic's National Correspondent, and has worked for the magazine for more than twenty years. His previous books include Breaking the news: How the Media Undermine American Democracy, Looking at the Sun, More Like Us and National Defense, which won the American Book Award for non-fiction. His article about the consequences of victory in Iraq,"The Fifty First State?" won the 2003 National Magazine Award. Mr. Fallows has been an editor for the Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly magazines, and a columnist for the Industry Standard. He writes frequently for Slate and the New York Review of Books and is chairman of the board of the New America Foundation. He has worked on a software-design team at Microsoft and as chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C.

Caitlin Flanagan began her magazine-writing career at The Atlantic in 2001 with a series of essays on modern family life that became an immediate sensation and the subject of an ongoing and heated national discussion. She is now a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the book To Hell With All That. Her writings are passed from friend to friend as often as they are challenged and championed in the media. Flanagan lives with her husband and their two sons in Los Angeles.

John Flinn has been the editor and lead writer for the San Francisco Chronicle travel section for the last eleven years, traveling on assignment to more than 25 countries and every continent except (so far) Antarctica. Over the years he's been paid to, among other things, climb El Capitan, fly with the Blue Angels, go on a date with Miss America and wrestle a bear. Flinn was a finalist for the Lowell Thomas "Travel Journalist of the Year" Award last year. Before moving into travel, he covered various beats for the San Francisco Examiner.

Tom Gibson is an award winning cartoonist, writer, and political advisor, who is founder of Advocacy Animation and is Managing Partner in Kirkwood/Gibson a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs consulting company.  Previously, Mr. Gibson was a senior executive at MCI, Senior Vice President at the Wexler Group in Washington, and served five years in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Director of White House Public Affairs.  Mr. Gibson served as Senior Producer of Official Proceeding for the 1996 and 2000 Republican National Conventions and a senior consultant to the 2004 Republican National Convention.  Prior to Mr. Gibson’s White House service, he was an editor and cartoonist on the Opinion staff of USA Today. He is Chairman and President of the National Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Art and creator of “Scary Thought,” a new on-line animated editorial cartoon.  Mr. Gibson received a B.A degree cum laude in Politics from Princeton University and holds an M.P.A from Harvard.

Marjorie Garber is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and American Literature and Language and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and the Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.  She is the author of 12 books, including Vested Interests, Vice Versa, Symptoms of Culture, Quotation Marks, Sex and Real Estate, and Dog Love. Her four books on Shakespeare include, most recently, Shakespeare After All, chosen by Newsweek as one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004, and awarded the 2005 Christian Gauss Book Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes is an American Baptist minister ordained to the Christian Ministry by The First Baptist Church of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Since 1970 he has served in The Memorial Church, Harvard University; and since 1974 as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church.  A member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the Faculty of Divinity of Harvard University, Professor Gomes holds degrees from Bates College and from the Harvard Divinity School and thirty honorary degrees.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, The University of Cambridge, England, where The Gomes Lectureship is established in his name. Widely regarded as one of America’s most distinguished preachers, Professor Gomes fulfills preaching and lecturing engagements throughout America and the British Isles. He has published many New York Times and national best-selling books including, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart, (1996); Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living (1998); The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need (2002), The Backward Glance and the Forward Look (2005). He has also published ten volumes of sermons as well as numerous articles and papers for the country’s most prominent publications. 

Joshua Green is a senior editor of The Atlantic who has covered politics since joining the magazine in 2003. He has also written for The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Previously, he was an editor at The Washington Monthly. He began his career as editor at the satirical weekly, The Onion (back at a time when that failed to impress anyone). Recently he was named one of Columbia Journalism Review's ten young writers on the rise and was a finalist for the Livingston Award. His writing has been anthologized in books ranging from The Best American Political Writing 2005 to The Bob Marley Reader.

Dr. Sujian Guo is Director of Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University, Editor of the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and President of Association of Chinese Political Science. His research interests include Chinese/Asian politics, U.S.-China relations, communist and post-communist studies, democratic transitions, and the political economy of East and Southeast Asia. He has published around 30 academic articles both in English and Chinese. His books include The Political Economy of Asian Transition from Communism (2006), China's "Peaceful Rise" in the 21st Century: Domestic and International Conditions (2006), and Post-Mao China: from Totalitarianism to Authoritarianism? (2000)

Judi Hampton, President of Blackside, has a profound personal and professional connection with the civil rights movement. In the 1960s, Judi set up a Freedom School in Canton, Mississippi, and worked on a CORE drive for black voter registration. She went on to become a high-level public relations professional and a senior public affairs officer with the Mobil Corporation, where she helped to develop the Mobil Mentor in Engineering program to encourage minorities to enter engineering professions—one of the early initiatives of its kind.  In 1987 she founded her own firm, Judi Hampton Public Relations, specializing in corporate and multicultural publicity. In the late 1990s she was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow traveling to universities nationwide to lecture on topics related to diversity and leadership. Judi Hampton has worked relentlessly on raising funds for the re-release of  Eyes on the Prize and continues to help bring the film to new audiences.

Sam Harris is the author of the national best-seller The End of Faith. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied Eastern and Western religious traditions for 20 years. He is now completing a doctorate in neuroscience. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for First Nonfiction. More information can be found at www.samharris.org.

Shane Harris writes about intelligence and national security. His reporting on the intersection of politics, technology, and counterterrorism are widely viewed as some of the most authoritative and comprehensive to date. Shane is a staff correspondent for National Journal, and writes for other national publications and frequently speaks to the public and the news media. Shane has written for several national publications, including Slate, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Adbusters. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, and his work has been cited by other media organizations, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Robin Marantz Henig is the author of eight books including Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution.  The book (now available in paperback) was recently recognized with the Science-in-Society Book Award given by the National Association of Science Writers and won the Outstanding Book Award of the American Society or Journalists and Authors. Her previous book The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She writes about science and medicine for the New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer, as well as for publications such as Scientific American, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post.

Roderick M. Hills is founder and Chairman of the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS, and is a leading advocate for effective corporate governance. He is currently the Co-Chairman and a trustee of the Committee of Economic Development. His career has included Counsel to the President of the United States and Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission, and founder and partner Munger, Tolles and Hills in Los Angeles and now as founder and partner of Hills, Stern & Morley, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Hills has served on over 20 corporate boards. He currently serves as a member of the boards of Chiquita Brands International Inc., Certus, and Aklara. He is a founder, former Chairman, and currently the Vice-Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Hills has served as a professor at Harvard University School of Law, a distinguished faculty fellow at Yale University School of Management, and as a visiting lecturer at Stanford University School of Law. He graduated from Stanford University and subsequently served as a United States Supreme Court law clerk.

In addition to writing and consulting, David Holtzman is currently the president of GlobalPOV, a firm he founded to explore significant technology issues and their affects on society. He has been interviewed by major news media including the New York Times, CNN, and USA Today. Holtzman wrote a monthly ethics and privacy column called "Flashpoint" for CSO [Chief Security Officer] Magazine, and his essays have been published in BusinessWeek, Wired Magazine, CNET, and ZDNet. Holtzman publishes daily on topics such as privacy, intellectual property, business, and pop culture on his blog, www.globalpov.com. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the father of five children, whom he raised as a single parent. He likes to sail, watch Shakespearean plays, and cook. David's latest book, due out in October is titled Privacy Lost: How Technology Is Endangering Your Privacy.

Michael Isip, Executive Director, Television Production and Programming oversees KQED Public Television 9 and its five digital channels. Michael's production background includes work on national, statewide, and local programs. In 2006, Michael lead a local programming initiative, doubling local production and building a 7:30 weeknight strip which includes an interview show called The Josh Kornbluth Show, a restaurant review program called Check, Please Bay Area!, an arts series Spark, a science series called Quest and the journalist roundtable show This Week in Northern California. Michael has won numerous local and national awards, including in 2006 when he was given a fellowship by the PBS Diversity Committee to attend a Management Development Seminar at Northwestern. In 2003, Isip was one of five journalists nationally to receive a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health. In 1999, he was one of six journalists nationally selected as a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health. Michael has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law.

Steve James, editor and producer of The War Tapes, is the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of Hoop Dreams, which won every major documentary prize in 1995, including the Peabody and Kennedy Journalism Awards. Recently, Hoop Dreams was named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. James’s next documentary, Stevie, won major festival awards at Sundance, Amsterdam, Yamagata and Philadelphia, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and landed on more than a dozen “Top Ten Films of the Year” lists for 2003. James was also an executive producer, story director, and co-editor of highly acclaimed PBS series, The New Americans, winner of two Chicago International Television Festival Golden Hugos, a Christopher Award, and the prestigious 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series for Television. James’s dramatic films include the feature Prefontaine, which premiered at Sundance, the TNT movie, Passing Glory (1999), and Joe and Max (2002), which premiered on Starz and was nominated for an ESPN Espy Award. James’s newest documentary is Reel Paradise, on former "indie film guru” John Pierson.

David Johnson is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his A.B. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Berkeley. After beginning his teaching career at Columbia, he moved to Berkeley in 1984 and has taught there since. He began his study of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong’s Institute of Oriental Studies on a Knox Fellowship from Harvard, and later spent an additional two years at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei. After focusing on medieval Chinese social and cultural history for the first part of his career, he shifted to the study of the symbolic world of ordinary people, with special emphasis on village ritual and opera. His publications include The Medieval Chinese Oligarchy, Domesticated Deities and Auspicious Emblems: The Iconography of Everyday Life in Village China (with Po Sung-nien), and Ritual and Scripture in Chinese Popular Religion (editor). He has just completed a book manuscript on the great festivals of southeastern Shansi that attempts a full description of those extraordinary creations of the popular imagination using newly-discovered liturgical manuscripts and scripts of ritual operas.

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. is Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C.   Dr. Johnson’s research includes the evaluation of environmental policy issues in relation to minorities and the development of environmental curricula and strategies to increase the pool of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. He is a product of the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties as a beneficiary of the opening of the doors of graduate education to minorities. Dr. Johnson sees participation in the knowledge economy, innovation and ownership of businesses as the American Dreams of the 21st Century. He serves as President of the Banneker Douglass Museum Foundation, Inc. in Annapolis, Maryland and the Board of Trustees of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Dr. Johnson has authored over 60 articles, contributed to three books, and co-edited two books. He is the 2005 recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award in Academia.

Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. He is the best-selling author of eleven books on international affairs and travel, translated into many languages. His latest work is Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground. In the 1980s, Kaplan was the first American writer to warn in print about a future war in the Balkans. Besides The Atlantic, Kaplan's essays have appeared on the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has been a consultant to the U. S. Army's Special Forces Regiment, the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Marines. Kaplan has delivered the Secretary of State's Open Forum Lecture at the U. S. State Department. He has reported from 100 countries.

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Fred Kaufman has been executive producer of Nature since 1991 and has worked on the series since its premiere in 1982. Many of Nature’s most memorable presentations have been produced under Kaufman’s stewardship, including the highly acclaimed miniseries Africa (2001) and Deep Jungle (2005). In 2006, The Queen of Trees won broadcasting’s highest honor, the Peabody Award, and, at the Banff World Television Festival, the NHK President’s Prize, which recognizes excellence in high definition programming. Other noteworthy programs have included In the Wild:Orangutans with Julia Roberts(1998) which won a prestigious Genesis Award for Outstanding PBS Documentary, and the Emmy Award-winning The Urban Elephant (2000). Kaufman has forged major international co-production partnerships with the BBC and National Geographic Television, among other organizations. He serves on the advisory board of The Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Division and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. The Other Side of the River was awarded The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. Kotlowitz, a former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, contributes to The New York Times Magazine and public radio’s This American Life. His work has also appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as on PBS and NPR.  His play An Unobstructed View (co-authored with Amy Dorn) premiered in Chicago in June of 2005. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University, and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame as the Welch Chair in American Studies. Kotlowitz’s journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the George Polk Award. He is also the recipient of three honorary degrees.

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. Kummer's 1990 Atlantic book The Joy of Coffee, based on an Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as "the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date.'' Kummer was restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He was educated at Yale, and came to The Atlantic Monthly in 1981. He is the recipient of three James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

George Lakoff recently featured in The New York Times Magazine, is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a founding senior fellow of the Rockridge Institute a center for research devoted to promoting progressive ideas. Professor Lakoff is the author of the influential Don't Think of an Elephant! and Moral Politics, as well as seminal books on linguistics, including Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things and Metaphors We Live By (with Mark Johnson). His most recent book is Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea.

Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and the author of eight books.  He has written about animals and animal intelligence since the 1970s in books and articles, including cover stories in Time and National Geographic.  His books on animal intelligence include, Apes, Men and Language, Silent Partners, The Parrot's Lament, and The Octopus and the Orangutan.  In his other writing, Linden has focused on global environmental issues.  His most recent book, Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, was published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster.  Apart from his writing, Linden has consulted for the U.S. State Department and the U.N. Development Program.  He is a widely traveled speaker and lecturer.  In 2001, Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment.

Contemporary satirist Sandra Tsing Loh is a well known writer/performer whose off-Broadway solo shows have included Bad Sex with Bud Kemp and Aliens in America. Loh's books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. Currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life" is heard locally on KPCC and her monthly segment "The Loh Down" is heard on American Public Media's Marketplace. She is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly.

An advocate for animal welfare throughout her career, Linda Koebner has been captivated by chimpanzees since early childhood.  After caring for Bruno, one of the first signing chimpanzees, her heart belonged to the species.  In 1974, she became co-director of the first project to provide a new, more naturalistic home to nine chimpanzees who had spent years in biomedical research.   Koebner worked with a consortium of organizations to pass the CHIMP Act (Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection) in 2000.  She served as Executive Director of Chimp Haven, a sanctuary for retired laboratory and entertainment chimpanzees, during its formative years.  She has also worked with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, The National Anti-Vivisection Society, and various laboratories to realize her dream of a sanctuary for chimpanzees.  In addition, she worked for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the New York Zoological Society, authored several books, and created her own company, Wildlife Writers & Resources, to promote the appreciation of other species.

A former Washington, D.C., investigative reporter and columnist, Rudy Maxa's writing on political scandal was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize during his 13 years at the Washington Post. He was also a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine for nine years and Washington bureau chief of SPY magazine before turning his attention toward the travel industry. Today he is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and host and co-executive producer of 65 episodes on Europe and the Pacific Rim for the public television series, "Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa.” His articles have appeared in Forbes, GQ, Worth, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, GQ and dozens of other newspapers and magazines around the world as well as on his website (www.rudymaxa.com) and blog (www.maxablog.com). His is the voice of Apple and National Geographic Traveler’s new, free podcasts, “50 Walks of a Lifetime,” among the most popular downloads on iTunes.

Donald L. Marbury is an ordained African Methodist Episcopal Church elder and the newly appointed pastor of the historic Ebenezer AME Church in Brunswick, Maryland. He had been the senior pastor of St. John AME Church in Benedict, Maryland, for the last five years. He is a son of First AME, Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was on the ministerial staff of First AME for many years, where he served as ministerial liaison to the Golden Gems and the Sons of Allen, as well as worship leader. Before answering his call to ministry, Rev. Marbury and his family were one of the earliest families to join the, then, fledgling First AME during the pastorate of Rev. Lois Ann Poag Ray. Over the years at First AME, he served as a trustee, a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School instructor, a member and soloist on the Men’s and Voices of Inspiration Choirs and a mentor to young people. Rev. Marbury was brought up in Carter Chapel CME Church in his native Pittsburgh, PA. He has been appointed one of the Bishop’s Reporters for the Washington Conference, and serves as the chairperson of the Conference’s Resolution Committee.

William J. McDonough is Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Chairman at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. He is responsible for assisting senior management in the company’s business development efforts with governments and financial institutions.  Previously, from 2003 to 2005, he was chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a private-sector, not-for-profit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee auditors of public companies.  From 1993 to 2003, Mr. McDonough served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As president, he served as the Vice Chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which formulates U.S. monetary policy. He joined the New York Fed in 1992 as executive vice president, head of the bank's markets group and manager of the FOMC's open market operations.  Mr. McDonough retired from First Chicago Corporation and its bank, First National Bank of Chicago, in 1989 after 22 years. Prior to his career with First Chicago, Mr. McDonough was with the U.S. State Department from 1961 to 1967 and the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1961.  Mr. McDonough earned a master's degree in economics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree, also in economics, from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In 2004, Rebecca T. McEnally, Ph.D, CFA became the first Director, Capital Markets Policy Group of the CFA Centre for Financial Market Integrity (the “Centre”).  The Centre conducts the advocacy program for CFA Institute and engages in initiatives and projects to improve and promote the integrity of global financial markets. Dr. McEnally has appeared globally on behalf of CFA Institute’s members before regulators, legislative bodies, professional associations, academia and the general public.  Also, she is a member of several advisory groups to U.S. and international audit standard setters. Prior to joining the CFA Institute staff in 2001, Dr. McEnally taught financial reporting, auditing, financial statement analysis, finance, and ethics at various universities.  She has published a number of articles, monographs, and books on various topics, including derivatives and corporate governance.  Dr. McEnally received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also holds an M.S. in accounting and a B.S. in physics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. William F. Miller is Herbert Hoover Professor Emeritus, Professor of Computer Science Emeritus, and Former Provost ,Stanford University. He is currently Co-director of the Stanford Project on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is President Emeritus of SRI International, Chairman Emeritus of Borland Software Corporation, and Chairman/Founder of Nanostellar, Inc. He has served on the board of directors of Firemans Fund Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Varian Associates, WhoWhere? Inc. (Chairman), as well as the National Science Board. Dr. Miller is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Life Fellow of IEEE, and Member of the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Okawa Prize 2000 by the Okawa Foundation of Japan, and the Dongbaeg Medal by Republic of Korea 2000.

Nell Minow is editor of The Corporate Library, an independent research firm and industry-leading source of corporate governance data, analysis, and risk assessment tools via its Board Analyst database. Ms. Minow was named one of the 30 most influential investors of 2002 by Smart Money magazine and in 2003 was dubbed "the queen of good corporate governance" by Business Week online. Prior to co-founding The Corporate Library, Ms. Minow was a Principal of LENS, a $100 million investment firm that took positions in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value.  Her other professional experience includes formerly serving as a Principal of Lens Investment Management, President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., a proxy voting advisory firm, and as an attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Justice. She has authored over 200 articles and co-authored three books on corporate governance. Ms. Minow is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Alan Murray is assistant managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and author of the paper's "Business" column. He is also a regular contributor to CNBC. Mr. Murray is a regular panelist on Public Broadcasting Service's ?Washington Week in Review. He is the author of two best-selling books: The Wealth of Choices: How the New Economy Puts Power in Your Hands and Money in Your Pocket, and Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform. He serves on the Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Gridiron Club and of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Charles D. Niemeier was named a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in October 2002. He served as acting chair of the Board from January 2003 through June 10, 2003. Prior to being appointed to the Board, Mr. Niemeier was the Chief Accountant in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and co-chair of the Commission's Financial Fraud Task Force for 2½ years. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Niemeier was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, where he worked for 11 years. Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, he was a practicing certified public accountant for 10 years. Mr. Niemeier received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.B.A. from Baylor University.

With more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer, P.J. O'Rourke has established himself as America's premier political satirist. He covers current events with the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter but adds a unique spin that has earned him a reputation as a modern-day Will Rogers.  Patrick Jake O'Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio, son of a car salesman and a former tap and acrobatic dance instructor.  P.J. attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduate school at Johns Hopkins where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  After receiving an M.A. in English, he worked at small newspapers in Baltimore and New York.  He has written for such diverse publications as Automobile, The Weekly Standard, House and Garden, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes FYI , Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly.

Minxin Pei is a senior associate and director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1991 and taught politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. His main interest is U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems, and Chinese politics. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006). His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. His op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and other major newspapers.

Gary M. Piattoni, a Chicago area resident, is a nationally recognized expert in art and antiques. In January of 2002 he started Gary Piattoni Decorative Arts, Inc., a fine art and antiques appraisal and consulting company, following his tenure as Executive Vice President and one of the founding members of the successful Eppraisals.com. Prior to joining Eppraisals.com Mr. Piattoni was a Senior Vice President at Christie's International Auction House, after having served in a variety of roles for the renowned auction establishment, most recently as Christie’s Midwest Managing Director in Chicago. Mr. Piattoni has appeared on PBS's Antiques Roadshow, ABC's The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's The Maury Povich Show, and WGN Radio's Milt Rosenberg Extension 720. He also has contributed to numerous articles in such publications as New York Magazine, Town & Country, Chicago Magazine, and Design Times.

Sergeant Steve Pink was born and raised in Kingston, Massachusetts. He went to Boston College High School and earned his BA in English from Plymouth State College, where he wrote for the campus newspaper. He joined the military to help pay for college and served with the New Hampshire National Guard Charlie Company, 3rd of the 172nd Infantry Mountain Regiment.  He was deployed to Iraq in February 2004 for one full year, during which time his unit was based at LSA Anaconda in the deadly Sunni Triangle. Currently he lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and is writing a book about his experiences in Iraq.

Robert Popp is an expert in counter-terrorism, foreign intelligence and national security. He is currently executive vice president of Aptima, Inc., a small business provider of human-centered technology solutions to the DoD and national security community. Prior to Aptima, Dr. Popp served for five years as a senior executive within the DoD: one year at OSD as Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts, and four years at DARPA as Deputy of the Information Awareness Office and Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. Dr. Popp is a member of the DSB, a Senior Associate for CSIS, and a senior member of the IEEE. Dr. Popp holds two patents, has authored several book chapters and numerous journal and conference papers, and is Editor of Emergent Information Technologies and Enabling Policies for Counter-Terrorism published by IEEE Press-Wiley. Dr. Popp holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and a BA/MA in Computer Science (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Boston University.

Virginia Postrel is a contributing editor for The Atlantic and the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She writes a monthly column on "Commerce & Culture" for The Atlantic and contributes columns to Forbes. For the past six years, she has been an economics columnist for The New York Times business section. From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine. Under her leadership, she founded Reason Online, the magazine's website, in 1995. Prior to becoming editor of the magazine in 1989, Postrel served as associate editor of Reason and, before that, as a reporter for Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Postrel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a degree in English literature.

Robert C. Pozen is Chairman of MFS Investment Management®, which manages more than $170 billion in assets for over five million investor accounts worldwide. He was named to his current position in February 2004. During 2002 and 2003, Bob was the John Olin Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Also in 2003, he served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security. More recently, Bob’s proposal to restore the Social Security system to solvency—known as progressive indexing—was publicly embraced by President Bush. Previously, Bob held numerous senior positions at Fidelity Investments, rising to Vice Chairman and President of Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment advisor to Fidelity’s mutual funds. During Bob’s five years as president, Fidelity’s assets under management almost doubled. Before joining Fidelity, Bob served as Associate General Counsel for the Securities & Exchange Commission. Bob earned a B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard College, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He has authored many articles and books, including the definitive textbook on the mutual fund industry.

David Rago has been a specialist in American and European 20th Century decorative arts and furnishings for 35 years. A leading dealer in the field of American Arts and Crafts, he is the founder of the Rago Arts and Auction Center, one of the country's principal specialty auction houses. He is the author of over 500 magazine and newspaper articles and author of five books on the subject including his most recent two works The Arts and Crafts Collector's Guide for Peregrine-Smith, and the Official Price Guide to American Arts and Crafts for Random House. He is the publisher of two nationally distributed magazines, one focusing on the Arts and Crafts Period (Style: 1900) and the other on Modernist design (Modernism). Rago lectures in his specialty at major conferences across the United States and holds 20 auctions at the Rago Arts and Auction Center throughout the season.

Judy Richardson is co-producer of the films Eyes on the Prize and Malcolm X: Make It Plain. Ms. Richardson brought a long-time civil rights background to her work on Eyes on the Prize. She was a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960's where she worked on SNCC projects throughout the South, first in SNCC's national office in Atlanta, and then in Mississippi, Alabama and Southwest Georgia. In 1964 she moved with the national office to Greenwood, Mississippi, during "Freedom Summer." In 1965 she left SNCC's Lowndes County, Ala. project to be the office manager for the successful first campaign of Julian Bond (then SNCC's Press Director) for the Georgia House of Representatives. She also organized a residential freedom school which brought together young people from civil rights struggles in both the North and South in order to talk about common concerns and strategies.

Paul Rogers is the resources and environment writer at the San Jose Mercury News, and the managing editor of Quest, a new KQED series about science, nature and the environment in Northern California. Rogers has been a reporter for the Mercury News since 1989, writing about environment and coastal issues. His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Stanford magazine and other publications. He was part of the Mercury News team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Recognition for his writing includes the 1999 Best of the West Award; the 2001 David R. Brower Award, the Sierra Club's highest national award for environmental journalism; and the 2003 Harold Gilliam Award from the Bay Institute for coverage of San Francisco Bay environmental issues. In addition, he serves as managing editor of a new weekly TV and radio program, 'Quest.’ The series is scheduled to begin airing in January 2007 on KQED, the San Francisco NPR and PBS affiliate. Rogers also is chairman of the board the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.

Jeffrey Rosen is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His new book is The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School. His essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he served as a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the ten best magazine journalists in America. He Lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Christine Rosen.

Michael S. Roth is president of California College of the Arts (CCA) which has campuses in Oakland and San Francisco. In the five years under his leadership the institution, on the eve of its centennial anniversary, has become, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “One of the most progressive arts education institutions in the country.” Dr. Roth was formerly associate director of the Getty Research Institute. Author, historian and curator, he writes regularly for the scholarly and popular press. Dr. Roth’s writings on intellectual history include four books—Psycho-Analysis as History: Negation and Freedom in Freud, Knowing and History: Appropriations of Hegel in Twentieth Century France, The Ironist’s Cage: Trauma, Memory and the Construction of History, and Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed. He was the curator of the Library of Congress exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” as well as the editor of an accompanying book of essays. Dr. Roth’s most recent edited volumes are Looking for Los Angeles and Disturbing Remains.

Thomas A. Russo is an executive vice president and the chief legal officer of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Mr. Russo is a vice chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. He is responsible for the Firm's Corporate Advisory Division, which includes Legal, Compliance, Corporate Audit, Government Relations and Transaction Management. Prior to joining the Firm in January 1993, Mr. Russo was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and a member of its Management Committee. On multiple occasions, Mr. Russo was listed in the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." Mr. Russo became the first director of its Division of Trading and Markets and also worked as an attorney in the Division of Market Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1969 until 1971. He has written articles on topics in the securities, derivatives, commodities and banking fields as well as textbooks on securities law and commodities law. Mr. Russo is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institute for Financial Markets, and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's International Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry Association. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fordham University with a B.A., Mr. Russo earned his J.D. at Cornell Law School and his M.B.A. at Cornell's Johnson School of Management.

Benjamin Schwarz is literary editor and national editor of The Atlantic. Schwarz oversees and writes a monthly column for "Books and Critics," the magazine's cultural department, which under his editorship has expanded its coverage to include popular culture and manners and mores, as well as books and ideas. He also regularly writes the "leader" for the magazine. Schwarz holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale, and was a Fulbright scholar at Oxford. He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and The Nation. He has lectured at a range of institutions, from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School to the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, and he is on the faculty of the English department at UCLA.

Kenneth Scott, Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business, Emeritus, Stanford Law School, is a leading scholar in the fields of corporate finance reform and corporate governance, and is well versed in federal deposit insurance issues and federal banking regulation. A senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, his current research concentrates on legislative and policy developments related to comparative corporate governance, bank regulation, and deposit insurance reform. Professor Scott has extensive consulting experience, including turns with the World Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Resolution Trust Corporation, and, most recently, the National Association of Securities Dealers. He is also a member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, Financial Economists Roundtable, and the State Bar of California's Financial Institutions Committee. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1968, he was general counsel to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and chief deputy savings and loan commissioner of California.

Dana Adam Shapiro produced and co-directed Murderball, the 2006 Academy Award nominated documentary about quadriplegic rugby players. With Plan B and Paramount, he is set to write and direct a movie based on his first novel, The Every Boy (Houghton Mifflin). Shapiro is a former senior editor at SPIN, and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and other publications.

David Shenk is author of the new book, The Immortal Game: A History of Chess (Or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Human Brain). His previous books include The Forgetting and Data Smog, and he has contributed to National Geographic, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR and PBS. The Forgetting was hailed by John Bayley as "the definitive work on Alzheimer's, and subsequently inspired an Emmy Award winning PBS film of the same name. Shenk frequently lectures on issues of health, aging, and technology, and has advised the President's Council of bioethics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Award-winning journalist Lynn Sherr has been a correspondent for ABC’s 20/20 since May 1986, covering a wide range of stories while specializing in investigative reports and subjects relating to women’s issues and social change. Her 1994 report on anorexia won broadcasting’s highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. Sherr is the author of Tall Blondes, a book about giraffes on which the “Nature” episode is based. Her other books include America the Beautiful: The Stirring, True Story About Our Nation’s Favorite Song and Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words. Sherr’s most recent publication is Outside the Box: A Memoir. She has written articles on wildlife and other subjects for many periodicals, including The New York Times. In 2000, Sherr traveled to India to report on midnight in Bombay for the ABC NEWS’ award-winning Millennium Special. Starting in 1978, she served as a floor reporter for ABC NEWS at every Republican and Democratic nominating convention and received an Emmy Award in 1980 for her election coverage. Sherr also covered the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. Prior to joining ABC NEWS, Sherr was a reporter for WNET in New York and WETA in Washington, D.C., both public television stations, and a reporter for The Associated Press and Conde Nast Publications.

Mona Simpson is a novelist and essayist.Having received her B.A. in English from Berkeley in 1979, she attended Columbia University where she received an M.F.A.Mona worked for Paris Review and also for Cosmopolitan during this period.  At Columbia she began her first published novel, Anywhere But Here, the story of a turbulent mother-daughter relationship, which became a bestseller when it was published by Knopf in 1986.Anywhere But Here was followed by The Lost Father and A Regular Guy, a fictional portrait of her brother. She has since published the novel Off Keck Road, which won Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize.  Mona Simpson is also a contributor to anthologies and essay collections.She currently lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Richard Appel and two children, Gabriel and Grace.

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels Prep and The Man of My Dreams, which are being translated into more than twenty languages. Prep also was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, nominated for the UK's Orange Prize, and optioned by Paramount Pictures. Sittenfeld's non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Glamour, and on public radio's This American Life.

Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, teaches in the field of Chinese history from around 1600 to the present, and on Western images of China since the middle ages. His books include The Death of Woman Wang (1978); The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (1984); The Question of Hu (1987); Chinese Roundabout: Essays on History and Culture; The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980; The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds; and God's Chinese Son (1994). His research often takes him to many Chinese Universities.

Wen Stephenson, a former associate editor of The Atlantic Monthly and editorial director of The Atlantic Online, has been the editor of The Boston Globe's Sunday "Ideas" section since September 2005. Prior to joining the Globe in 2004, he served as the managing editor of the Web edition for PBS's Frontline. Stephenson was among the original architects and editors of The Atlantic's Web site, which launched in November 1995, and from 1996 to 2001 he was the editor of Atlantic Unbound, the magazine's trendsetting weekly online journal covering politics and culture. In 1997 the site was selected as a finalist for the first-ever National Magazine Award for General Excellence in New Media, and was a finalist again in 1998, 2000, and 2001. Stephenson has written on new media, books, and culture for The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The American Prospect, The Washington Monthly, and other publications.

Thomas A. Stewart joined Harvard Business Review as the editor in November, 2002. Prior to joining HBR, he was the editorial director of Business 2.0 and a member of the board of editors of Fortune. A pioneer in the field of intellectual capital, he is the author of Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations (1997) and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-First Century Organization (2001).  He is a fellow of the World Economic Forum.  Mr. Stewart graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in English literature and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from City University, London.

Peter H. Stone covers lobbying and campaign finance issues for National Journal. He joined the magazine in September 1992 after a two-year stint writing about legal and lobbying issues for the Washington weekly Legal Times. Before moving to Washington in mid 1990, Stone was a business reporter for three years at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut, where he covered the insurance and banking industries. Stone started at Ramparts in 1970, where he worked as an editor before the California-based "muckraking" magazine folded. Born in New York City, Stone attended the University of Chicago and studied European history.

Scott Stossel, managing editor of The Atlantic, has been associated with the magazine since 1992 when, shortly after graduating from Harvard, he joined the staff and helped to launch The Atlantic Online. In 1996, he moved to The American Prospect where, over the course of seven years, he served as associate editor, executive editor, and culture editor. He rejoined the Atlantic staff in 2002 and oversaw the magazine's 2005 move to Washington from Boston. Along with writing and editing, Scott has taught courses in the American Studies Department at Trinity College.

Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, specializes in war, strategy, foreign policy and Asian affairs. Prior to teaching at University of Pennsylvania, he was Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Waldron is a member on the Council of Foreign Relations, serves on the Board of Directors for Freedom House, is a Fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and is a regular consultant to both the government and businesses. Dr. Waldron is Vice President of The International Assessment and Strategy Center for Asia and Strategy Programs. He was part of the China Futures Panel, convened by congressional Republicans in 2000 "to examine charges of bias in the CIA assessments of China," and led by Gen. John Tilelli. He received his BA from Harvard, summa cum laude and his PhD also from Harvard.

Jonathan Weil is managing director and editor of financial research at Glass Lewis & Co., an investment-research and proxy-advisory firm based in San Francisco. He joined Glass Lewis in January from The Wall Street Journal, where he reported on accounting and financial fraud. For his Sept. 20, 2000, article, Energy Traders Cite Gains, But Some Math is Missing, the March 2002 edition of Columbia Journalism Review credited Weil as the first reporter to challenge Enron Corp.'s accounting practices during the stock-market bubble.  In 2004, Accounting Today, the accounting profession's leading trade paper, named Weil to its list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Weil joined The Wall Street Journal in July 1997 as a Houston-based reporter for the WSJ's Texas Journal edition. In November 2000, he moved to the Journal's New York headquarters and began writing for the paper's Money & Investing section. Weil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University.

Dali L. Yang is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at The University of Chicago. His research interests are political institutions and political economy,
with special reference to China. Among his books are Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China ; Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change Since the Great Leap Famine Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China and, as co-editor (with Barry Naughton) and contributor, Holding China Together: Diversity and National Integration in Post-Deng China. Professor Yang has been an occasional consultant to industry, government agencies, and the World Bank. He is currently a member of the advisory board of China Telecom Group, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, co-chair of the China Roundtable of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as well as a member of the China Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program.

Madeleine Zelin is Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies and director of the East Asian National Resource Center at Columbia University.  She served as director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in 1992-93 and from 1995-2001. Professor Zelin received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1970 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. She teaches modern Chinese history as well as a variety of courses focusing on Chinese legal history and China's early modern social and economic transformation. Professor Zelin's research has taken to archives and cities throughout China, where she has explored China’s historical process of state-building, elite formation, business organization and investment, and the development of early modern customary law governing private transactions. Her most recent publications include The Merchants Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (December 2005) and a co-edited volume, Contract and Property Rights in Early Modern China

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods professor of economics at Smith College and a member of the Five College Graduate Faculty. Dr. Zimbalist's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Magazine, among other places. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television talk shows discussing both international economics and the economics of sports. He has consulted widely in the sports industry. Dr. Zimbalist has published eighteen books and several dozen articles primarily in the areas of comparative economic systems, economic development and sports economics. His latest book, In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig was published in April 2006 and his next book The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business will be out in September.

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. Last academic year he held the prestigious Taussig Research Professorship at Harvard University. He is a faculty research fellow of the NBER, a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a director of the American Finance Association. In 2003 he won the Bernacer Prize for the best European young financial economist. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. A sample of his more recent research can be accessed at http://faculty.chicagogsb.edu/luigi.zingales/ research/new.htm. In 2003 he published with Raghuram Rajan a book entitled "Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists" (http://www.savingcapitalism.com), which has been translated in 6 foreign languages. He is an editorialist for “Il Sole 24 ore” (the leading Italian economic newspaper).

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