indira-lakshmana-roundIndira Lakshmana

Indira Lakshmanan is Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, writing about foreign policy and politics and an Executive Editor at the Pulitzer Center. She previously covered foreign policy and politics at Bloomberg. Ms. Lakshmanan spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Boston Globe in the Balkans, Asia and Latin America. She covered the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan; investigated the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines and the spread of SARS in China; and embedded with sea pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia, illegal logging in Brazil, corruption in China, and help end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal. She started her career on the foreign desk at NPR, and has guest-hosted several public radio programs. Most recently, she was the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Insitute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism through transparency and accountability.



marty-baron-roundMartin Baron

Martin “Marty” Baron is executive editor of The Washington Post.  He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, including seven at The Washington Post. Previously, Mr. Baron had been editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The Globe for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight. Prior to The Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González.




 carl_hulse-roundCarl Hulse

Carl Hulse is the Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times and a recognized authority on congressional affairs and national politics. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington's War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia's Death to Justice Kavanaugh, which tells the inside story of the judicial wars rocking Washington and the damage they are doing to America's governing institutions. At The Times, Mr. Hulse is the author of "On Washington," his regular column chronicling developments in the capital from the perspective of a veteran of more than three decades of reporting on all facets of the federal government. He was previously Washington Editor at The Times, directing the paper's coverage of the White House, Congress, the courts and the Pentagon.  He also served as Chief Congressional Correspondent for The Times for more than a decade.  He became a Times editor in 2000 and helped lead the paper's coverage of the Sept. 11 



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eric-armstrong-dunbar-roundErica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University in 2008. Her second book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria/) was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. 

81m0fkTGDaLThe young readers version of Never Caught (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster) was published in January 2019. Ms. Dunbar’s op-eds in outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, TIME, Essence, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, her commentary in media outlets such as CNN and the Los Angeles Times, and her appearances in documentaries such as “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” as well as “The Abolitionists” an American Experience production on PBS, place her historical expertise in high demand. 



weiping-wu-roundWeiping Wu

Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preparation and Director of the M.S. Urban Planning program. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Prof. Wu has focused her research and teaching on understanding urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular. She is an internationally acclaimed urban and planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities.  Her publications include eight books, as well as many articles in top international journals.

41Nyo2Ah8aL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_Her recent publications include the Sage Handbook of Contemporary China, vol. 1, with Mark Frazier and The Chinese City, with Piper Gaubatz.  Professor Wu is also the President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.  She has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network, as well as serving on the editorial board of four journals.  


marc-aronson-roundMarc Aronson

Marc Aronson is the acclaimed author of Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, which earned four starred reviews. His newest book, Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue, tells the incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue. He is also the author of Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has won the LMP award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. Dr. Aronson is a member of the full-time faculty in the graduate program of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Marina Budhos, and sons. You can visit him online at

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michael-rebell-roundMichael A. Rebell

Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, scholar, and administrator in the field of education law, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on education adequacy, disability rights and the role of the courts in educational policy. He was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a major challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York, which has established the constitutional right of all students in the state to the "opportunity for a sound basic education." Mr. Rebell  currently chairs the New York State Civic Readiness Task Force, and is convener of the DemocracyReadyNY Coalition. He is also lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Cook v. Raimondo, a major federal litigation that seeks to establish a right to an education adequate for capable citizenship under the U.S. Constution. Mr. Rebell is the author of Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation and five other books and dozens of articles on law and education issues, including educational equity, education finance, civic education, rights of students  with disability and the role of the courts in educational policy 



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