The Accidental Superpower
Friday, October 16, 2015 Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. He began his career working for the State Department in Australia, later moving to Washington DC to join the Center for Political and Strategic Studies under Susan Eisenhower. In both capacities, he regularly analyzed developments in Asia, Europe, and the former Soviet Union while producing briefs and publications. Before founding his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, he was part of the core team that built Stratfor, a private intelligence company, into a geopolitical consultancy and publishing house. In his variety of roles serving as the firm’s Vice President of Analysis for four years, he designed products, serviced client needs and managed the firm’s analytical teams across all geographic and topical areas of responsibility. The author of The Accidental Superpower published in 2014, Mr. Zeihan is a frequent guest on national and international television news shows including CNN, ABC, Fox News, and he is frequently interviewed for radio programs. He has been quoted in major print and online publications including the New York Times, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and many others. He is currently at work on a new book entitled The Intentional Superpower.
Does the Media Report the News—Or Create It?
Friday, November 20, 2015 Rikki Klieman - Television anchor, legal analyst, trial attorney, actress, and best-selling author, Rikki Klieman has earned a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s most celebrated lawyers and legal authorities. A dynamic and versatile communicator, Ms. Klieman found success in multiple fields, including television journalism, the courtroom, academia, and public speaking. She is a contributor/legal analyst for CBS news programs. She was an anchor at the Courtroom Television Network from 1994-2010 and a contributor for the CBS’s Early Show and NBC’s Today Show. She has also appeared as a legal analyst on NBC’s Nightly News, CBS’s Evening News, ABC, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. As an actress, she appeared on NBC’s Las Vegas for four seasons, on CBS’s Shark, and she appeared as a guest star on Blue Bloods, NYPD Blue, among others, and portrayed herself on The Closer. Ms KIieman remains of counsel to the Boston, Massachusetts law firm of Klieman & Lyons, where she specialized in criminal trial and appellate practice as well as civil litigation. She received her J.D from Boston University School of Law. Time named her one of the five most outstanding women trial lawyers in the country, She lives in New York with her husband who is chief of NYPD.
A Vision of the Future
Friday, January 15, 2016 Gentry Lee, Chief Engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA in Pasadena, California, has been responsible for robotic planetary missions. His major recent work includes the engineering oversight of the successful and popular Curiosity rover mission to Mars, the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, the Juno mission to Jupiter, and the GRAIL mission to the Moon. He was chief engineer for the Galileo project after working on a variety of Viking Project positions, which culminated in man’s first successful landing on another planet. In addition to his engineering work, Mr. Lee has been an active novelist, television producer, computer game designer, media columnist, lecturer, and, more recently, a television performer/narrator. With Mr. Arthur C. Clarke, Mr. Lee co-authored four New York Times best selling novels; he has also written three “solo” novels. He was the late Carl Sagan’s partner in the creation, design, development, and implementation of the Peabody and Emmy winning documentary Cosmos series for a number of years, and he was the featured performer/narrator in “Are We Alone?,” a two hour Discovery Channel documentary about life in the solar system. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas, he is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest award.
The Dickens Nobody Knows
Friday, February 19, 2016 Originally from Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA where he won the university’s outstanding teacher award. For his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Engel received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. Most recently, for his thirty years of academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens, he was nominated and inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on numerous PBS television stations. The author of ten books published in the U.S. England, and Japan, Dr. Engel has also written four plays that have been produced in recent years. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines, and he has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. The sales of Dr. Engel’s books, CDs, and DVDs have raised funds for The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital which Dickens helped found in London in 1852.