General Session Speakers
Sunday, July 30
Thomas L. Friedman
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times
Bestselling author of The World is Flat and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. In his new book, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.
Monday, July 31
Former NPR Host and Special Correspondent
Founder of The Race Card Project
Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program. In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race and explores her own family's racial legacy. Using her memoir as a catalyst for conversation, Norris has addressed thousands of students through campus “One Book” programs, encouraging discussions about the history of race relations in the US.
Tuesday, August 1
Bestselling Author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award.