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Linda Killian

Political Journalist and Commentator

Author, columnist, and sought-after commentator on American politics, Killian published The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents earlier this year. She will speak on the role Independents may play in next month’s elections, locally and nationally.

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 IDEAS Boston speaker Jeffrey Liebman speaks IDEAS Boston 2012

Jeffrey Liebman

Public policy expert

Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, who is an expert in public policy and economics and a proponent of “social impact bonds.”

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Janot Mendler de Suarez

Climate Change and Gaming Researcher

Founding member of the Games for a New Climate Task Force, promotes the use of games to teach people about the uncertainty and risks associated with extreme weather events

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 Wesley Morris speaks IDEAS Boston 2012

Wesley Morris

Film Critic

Critic at The Boston Globe who writes about style in sports for Grantland, and whose writing also has appeared in Slate, Film Comment, and Ebony; winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for criticism

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 Judy Neufeld speaks IDEAS Boston 2012

Judy Pineda Neufeld

Political Trainer

Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts, the local branch of a national program that recruits, inspires, and trains women to run for office and change the face of state politics

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Robert Pinsky

Poet Laureate and Essayist

A three-term U.S. Poet Laureate, essayist, literary critic, and translator, dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world

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Lynnell L. Thomas

Scholar on Race and American Culture

American studies scholar currently writing about Hurricane Katrina, who uses popular culture to understand American identity, the modern South, and multiculturalism in the post-Civil Rights era

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 Jody Adams speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Jody Adams


James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Rialto restaurant, regarded for her creative cuisine as well as her support of local farmers, her charitable work, and business acumen

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 Marjorie Agosín speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Marjorie Agosín

Poet and Activist

Author, poet and Professor of Latin American literature and Spanish at Wellesley College, and spokesperson for the plight and priorities of Latin American women

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 James Anderson speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

James Anderson

Climate Change Scientist

Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University, focused on the mechanisms that control climate change and experimental approaches for testing predictions of global-scale change in climate system

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 Nathan Ball speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Nathan Ball

Inventor and Entrepreneur

Inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, musician, TV host, and co-founder of Atlas Devices, a lifesaving equipment company that makes a powered rope ascender – a real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup

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