Norman Mineta

Norman Y. Mineta

Norman Y. Mineta is the President and CEO of Mineta and Associates, LLC and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He is known for his work in the areas of transportation—including aviation, surface transportation and infrastructure—and national security. He is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues and civil rights.

During his career in Congress, he was the primary author of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA, pronounced Ice-Tea). The act was an overhaul for the definition for major U.S. highway corridors. It also addressed proposed high-speed rail systems and mandated the inclusion of airbags in automobiles.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Mineta Secretary of Commerce. There, Mineta achieved international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues and for streamlining the patent and trademark process.

As president George W. Bush’s Secretary of Transportation and in the wake of the 9/11 attack, Mineta temporarily grounded all U.S. flights. Then guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, which was the largest mobilization of any new federal agency since WWII.

Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the U.S.. In February 2016, he was named a Chubb Fellow at Yale University. He was the co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and was chair of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission in 1997.



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Pete Souza

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Reagan and President Obama. During Obama’s eight years as president, Souza took close to two million photographs. More than 300 of those photographs comprise his latest book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times best seller’s list.

He has covered stories around the world as a photojournalist. After 9/11, Souza was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan by crossing the Hindu Kush mountains through deep snow on horseback.

He has lectured at the Smithsonian Museum, Harvard and Boston Universities. Souza has appeared on dozens of TV and radio news shows. He’s planning a traveling exhibit titled “Two Presidents, One Photographer,” for 2019–2020. Souza is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and was recently awarded the Hugo X. Shong Lifetime Achievement Award for Communication from Boston University.

Mr. Souza’s appearance is generously sponsored by 9/11 Memorial & Museum


indira-lakshmana-roundIndira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan is executive editor at the Pulitzer Center, a journalism nonprofit that supports public service reporting and brings stories into classrooms.

Indira has been a correspondent, columnist, and host, reporting from Washington and more than 80 countries for The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, the International New York Times, NPR and PBS NewsHour.

She’s interviewed presidents and secretaries of state and covered elections at home and abroad. She covered the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban; investigated government collusion with militants in the Philippines; and embedded with pirates in southeast Asia, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia, illegal logging in Brazil, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.

As the first Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, she focused on restoring public trust in journalism. In her first year with Pulitzer Center, projects her team supported won a Pulitzer Prize, two Polk Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award and many others.


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 


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. The 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. 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


Michael-Rebell-BetterMichael 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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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is the Director of Civic Engagement and a Lecturer at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine Victoria previously taught at Northwestern University and Rutgers and received her Ph.D in political science from Duke University. Victoria’s social scientific areas of expertise include immigration, Latinos, women, racial and ethnic minority politics, as well as political psychology.  Underlying all of her research interests is the intersection of social group identity and political participation.  In her role as Director of Civic Engagement Victoria leads efforts to expand opportunities for faculty, students and community partners to participate in high-quality civic engagement projects as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Victoria is a contributor to MSNBC and The Hill as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. Victoria is a native of Southern Arizona and is a diehard Arizona Wildcats basketball fan. She is of Italian-Jewish-Mexican heritage and lives in beautiful Austin, Texas with her husband Neftali Garcia and their children.


Joseph PenielDr. Peniel E. Joseph

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and at the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he also founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens.

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph’s career focus has been on what he describes as “Black Power Studies,” encompassing interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights. His commentary has been featured on NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS, and MSNBC. Dr. Joseph’s articles, Op-Eds, and book reviews have been published in newspapers from The Washington Post to The New York Times and he has authored award-winning books including, Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His most recent book, Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power” and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Sherri _SmithSherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker's Apprentice.  Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections.  Sherri has worked in comics, animation, and construction.  Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and for Hamline University's Children’s Writing MFA.  Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?— part of the NY Times bestselling Who Was? series. She returns to World War II with her next novel, The Blossom and the Firefly, in February 2020

Graham Pike[2]Dr. Graham Pike

Dr. Graham Pike has added to the research into global issues and the development of active global citizens. He has spoken on global and international education at international conferences and has published eleven books. His publications for teachers have been used in schools and teacher education programs around the world.

Pike holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Sussex, an MA in Comparative Education from the University of London, and a Ph.D in Educational Studies from the University of York. Most recently he was Dean of the Faculty of International Education at Vancouver Island University, where he directed services for over 2000 international students and created a comprehensive internationalization program. 

Dr. Graham Pike is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Global Scholar award. He will be speaking at the International Assembly, and his speech title is: Global Teacher, Global Learner: Recollections and Revelations.

Bob DukeBob Duke

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and was the founding director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.

StephenHarriganbyKennyBraunStephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan has devoted much of his life to exploring and explaining Texas, ever since his family crossed the Red River from Oklahoma in 1953. He is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and fiction, including the critically acclaimed novels A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, Remember Ben Clayton, and the New York Times best seller The Gates of the Alamo. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and an award-winning screenwriter who has written many movies for television.

Ann MillinAnn Mann Millin, Ph.D.

Ann Mann Millin, Ph.D., is the 2018–2019 Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Center at Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey. Dr. Millin was formerly the Historian in the Educational Initiatives Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, Washington, D.C. During 2016–2017, she was a member of the research team for the Museum’s 25th anniversary special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, which opened in April 2018. Previously, Dr. Millin was the Historian with the Institute’s Leadership Programs and the curator of the website for the Museum’s 2009 special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Special Assistant to the Director of the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Program Coordinator of the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance. She began her work at the Museum in 1999, as the Historian in the Museum’s Photo Archives. Dr. Millin received a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN; an M.A. in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; and a Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Millin has been a research fellow at the Georg-August University, Goettingen, Germany; and an Inter-University Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr.Millin has taught Jewish History, Judaic Studies, World Religions, and Holocaust studies at HUC-JIR, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Her scholarly research focuses on the history of Jewish social welfare work in Germany and Austria. Dr. Millin is also the translator of Götz Aly’s The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931–1943 (Henry Holt/Metropolitan, 2008).

EdWestermannEdward B. Westermann

Edward B. Westermann received his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), Hitler’s Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (University Press of Kansas, 2005) and Flak: German Anti-Aircraft Defenses, 1914–1945 (University Press of Kansas, 2001).  He has published over forty articles and book chapters in the areas of Holocaust and military history and he is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships.  He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a German Academic Exchange Service Fellow on three occasions, a DeGolyer Library Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University, and most recently, he was a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for the academic year 2018-2019.  His current book project, Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol, Masculinity and the Intoxication of Mass Murder in Nazi Germany is forthcoming with Cornell University Press and will be published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.   Dr. Westermann is the featured speaker at the International Assembly’s Jan L. Tucker Memorial Lecture. His speech title is Reflections on the Holocaust: The Intersection of History, Memory, and Education. This talk examines key issues associated with the teaching of the Holocaust in the contemporary classroom.  It evaluates the historical legacy of the destruction of the European Jews and the emergence of the Holocaust as the paradoxical and paradigmatic event of the 20th century.  It also addresses some of the broader “lessons” or insights that the events of the Holocaust reveal for thinking about genocide and mass atrocity in the 21st century.



Where Were You? The Ongoing Relevance of 9/11

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 Clifford Chanin  Ada Rosario Dolch  Bill Spade
9/11 represents a turning point in history that continues to impact our world. As most students now don’t have a lived memory or a connection to the attacks, imparting this relevance has become increasingly challenging. Discover the power of storytelling to bridge this gap as two 9/11 survivors with powerful, firsthand stories share their experiences and the ways they have chosen to respond over the past 18 years.

Ada Dolch, 9/11 survivor, family member, and retired NYC Public School Principal; Bill Spade, 9/11 first responder, retired member of the FDNY, and 9/11 Memorial & Museum docent. Moderated by Clifford Chanin, Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs, 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

The panelists’ appearances are generously sponsored by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.



Blueprinting an Inquiry-Based Curriculum





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Kathy Swan John Lee S.G. Grant
The publication of the C3 Framework, the Inquiry Arc, and the development of the original IDM blueprint model featuring questions, tasks, and sources were just the beginning! Learn about the variations developed of the IDM blueprint model that will enable teachers to adapt blueprints to their specific instructional needs. The new blueprint models are included in the latest NCSS book, Blueprinting an Inquiry-Based Curriculum.

Kathy Swan is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky. John Lee is Head and Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. S.G. Grant is an associate professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Learning and Instruction at the State University of New York, Buffalo


Voices of May 4, 1970 Reflections 50 Years Later

Alan Canfora Thomas Grace Chic Canfora
May 4, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University and the killing of four students and wounding of nine by the Ohio National Guard. Three survivors share their first-hand accounts of the events of that tragic day, their pursuit of justice in the aftermath and a legacy of activism that continues in America today.

Alan Canfora is the director of the Kent May 4 Center. Thomas Grace is author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War). Rosemary (Chic) Canfora is Deputy Chief Communications Officer with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Todd Hawley is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Teacher Education at Kent State University. Moderated by Todd Hawley



From Europe to Your Students: Connecting the EU to U.S. High Schools







Tina L. Heafner Claire McCarthy Jason Knoll
Learn how the European Union is more connected than ever to your high school classrooms. See what curriculum brings the EU to life for US students of history, economics, geography, civics and government.
Tina L. Heafner is President, National Council for the Social Studies and Professor of Social Studies Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Claire McCarthy is Consul General of Ireland in Austin. Jason Knoll is a social studies teacher in Verona (WI) Area School District.