Welcome to Centennial Brain Thrust!

Come Curious. Leave Smarter.

In 1973, Netsie Lieberman, a Park administrator, created Brain Thrust, an academic festival that featured 15 presenters from the Park community. Brain Thrust returned this year, an anchor event in the Centennial Celebration. 62 presenters (alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff) + 49 sessions = a program of stimulating discussion, fascinating conversation, and engaging entertainment. 

From 4:00–8:00 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2013, more than 550 particpants experienced thought-provoking sessions, plus a delicious supper from The Classic Catering People and Stone Mill Bakery. 

Event Details

Sunday, March 3, 2013
4:00–8:00 pm
At The Park School

Session 1: 4:00–4:50 pm
Supper: 5:00–5:50 pm
Session 2: 6:00–6:50 pm
Session 3: 7:00–7:50 pm

Session Descriptions

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1-A: Author to Author: A Conversation

Laura Amy Schlitz, Park Lower School Librarian: Newbery Medalist for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! and author of Splendors and Glooms and The Night Fairy

Adam Gidwitz, Alumnus (2000): Author, A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly

Join Laura and her former student Adam – both New York Times bestselling children’s authors – for an out-of-the-box question-and-answer session.

Moderator: JoAnn Fruchtman, Alumna (1961), Parent of Alumna, Former Trustee

1-B: Not for the Faint of Heart: An In-the-Trenches View of U.S. Politics and Policy-Making

The Honorable Ben Cardin, Parent of Alumni, Former Trustee: United States Senator
Shelly Hettleman, Parent: Campaign Director, Ben Cardin for Senate

In this discussion-formatted workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from, and talk politics and policy with one of the state’s leading federal legislators and his campaign manager. Re-elected in 2012, Senator Cardin is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after having served 20 years in the House of Representatives.

Moderator: Jim Wyda, Parent, President of the Board of Trustees

1-C: Putting it Together: A Life in the Theater 

Margo Lion, Alumna (1962): Tony Award-winning Producer; Co-Chairman, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities; Adjunct Professor, Dean’s Council, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts
Amanda Lipitz, Alumna (1998): Tony-Nominated Producer, Amanda Lipitz Productions; Producer and Creator,MTV Series / Park alumnae, now united on the “Great White Way” to develop a new musical, talk about their lives on and off-Broadway. 

Hear from these two powerhouses why it’s not “acting or bust” when it comes to a career in the theater. How do creative ideas go from the “back of a napkin” to a full-fledged Broadway production? Learn how creative projects come to fruition from their own experiences with the process of developing successful Broadway productions (such as Ms. Lion’s Hairspray and Catch Me if You Can and Ms. Lipitz’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Legally Blonde), and hear about their exciting new collaboration.

Moderator: Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Alumnus (1990)

1-D: Moving From Success to Significance: The Challenges and Rewards of a Mid-Career Switch

Greg White, Alumnus (1981): President and CEO, LEARN Charter School Network; Adjunct Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

After earning his MBA, Greg White took a traditional path, working in commercial banking, investment banking, and private equity. After about 15 years in finance, his career took a radical change and he became the president and CEO of a not-for-profit charter school with ambitious growth plans. Greg will discuss: the challenges, risks, and rewards of a radical mid-career switch; what others should consider as they contemplate pursuing their passion; his thought process and the final factors that convinced him to pursue this path; and finally, why the last five years have been the best of his work career as he led this charter network from one school serving 330 students to six schools serving over 2,400, primarily from low-income families.

Moderator: Tom Wetzler, Alumnus (1984), Parent, Trustee

 1-E: Joseph Conrad: Pessimist and Idealist – Discussion of the 1912 Book The Secret Sharer

Dr. F. Parvin Sharpless, former Head of School, Parent of Alumni

Dr. Sharpless leads an insightful discussion about this Joseph Conrad allegorical short story published in Park’s founding year, 1912. Come prepared to participate in this Centennial Book Club; books can be borrowed from the Parents’ Association library in advance.

Moderator: Greg Brandt, Faculty

1-F: A Modern Globe Theater in Downtown Baltimore

Scott Helm, Parent: Trustee, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Lesley Malin, Parent: Managing Director, Actor, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company wants to change the way people think about Shakespeare and break down the barriers between his great works and modern audiences – so join Scott and Lesley for this entertaining and interactive session. They’ll help you understand why iambic pentameter is not as scary as you think! In its short history, CSC has gained a reputation for innovative and energetic productions that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Now, with its recent acquisition of the 130-year-old Mercantile Building, Shakespeare and the Modern Globe Theater will be expanding to downtown Baltimore. Hear the exciting vision for the renovation and how the Company plans to connect to the community and its neighbors.

Moderator: Kevin Coll, Administrator, Parent of Alumni

1-G: Directing Dissent

John Roemer, Former Faculty: Former Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
Sophie Hamacher, Alumna (1999): Director of the film Directing Dissent

Join a lively conversation about Directing Dissent, based on John’s life and work. After viewing excerpts of the film, participants will examine the innate dichotomy between civil disobedience and the rule of law, and between family/work responsibilities and the consequences of activism. Sophie, based in Germany, will join the conversation via Skype.

Moderator: Nancy Shuger, Parent of Alumni

1-H: Sushi: An Edible Art Form

Ronald Choi, Parent with Jonah Kim: Executive Chef, PABU at the Four Seasons

Modeled on traditional Japanese drinking establishments, PABU takes its name from the Japanese phonetic translation of “pub.” It incorporates elements of Japanese izakayas, where people congregate post-work for relaxed yet refined food and drink. Join Ronald Choi and Jonah Kim for a sushi-making session where you will create and sample a curated selection of Japanese pub food. Studio fee: $15

Moderators: Raj Krishnan and Virginia Anderson, Parents 

1-I: 21st Century Medicine: The End of Disease?

George J. Dover, M.D., Grandparent: Given Professor and Director of the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University; Pediatrician-In-Chief, Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital 

Will super-computers and gene therapies end illness as we know it? How long and how well can we live? Is pediatric intervention the key to geriatric health? This session raises the provocative issue of what is possible with our ability to predict and prevent illness rather than waiting to react to it. Dr. Dover asks the ultimate question: Can hospitals put themselves out of business?

Moderator: Liz Baker, Faculty, Parent

1-J: Dude, Where’s My Robot?

David Weiss, Alumnus (2003): Ph.D. Candidate, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Can we teach a robot to think and learn as we do, or is this an impossible task? In this interactive presentation, journey into the worlds of artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, and neuroscience, and discover how the scientific process makes progress on the big questions about intelligence and robotics.

Moderator: Kemi Osias, Parent

1-K: The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention

Christopher Leighton, Parent of Alumni: Executive Director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies

Join a discussion about the ethical responsibilities of the United States in the face of humanitarian catastrophes. How should our country determine the appropriate response to various atrocities, including genocide? What strategies should the United States deploy to bring about change in foreign regimes? What criteria do we use to move from non-intervention to economic and political pressure to military action? Examine these questions in relationship to classical formulations of the “just war” theory.

Moderator: Megan Ford, Administrator, Parent of Alumni

1-L: Youth Sports: Restoring Sanity to the Sidelines

Mark Hyman, Parent of Alumni: Sports Journalist, co-author of Concussions and Our Kids

Drawing on his books and articles about kids, parents and sports, Mark leads a discussion about the three traps that 98 percent of adults fall into and reveals fail-safe strategies for model sports parenthood.

Moderator: Dan Lopez, Faculty/Staff

1-M: Sculpting With Wire in a Wireless World

Devin Mack, Alumnus (1996), Parent: Wire Sculptor, Mackwire Studios

Devin is a wire sculptor who has been working in and around Baltimore for more than 10 years. He creates his sculptures in his Remington studio and exhibits at street festivals, museum gift shops, and traditional galleries. Join him for a hands-on studio session to twist and shape wire sculptures. Fun and easy, with no prior experience necessary. Studio fee: $15

Moderator: Garry Cerrone, Faculty, Parent of Alumni

1-N: Military 101: Myth vs. Reality

Bethany Kibler, Alumna (1998): former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant; Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Harvard University
Jessica Schiavone, Alumna (1995): former U.S. Naval Flight Officer; Manager, Baltimore Gas & Electric Smart Grid Operations

You never really know what you’re signing up for when you join the military. Park School grads discuss their own expectations and realities – and welcome you to share in an open discussion of a variety of topics including peacetime vs. wartime leadership, following orders vs. making thoughtful choices, training requirements, transitioning challenges, transferable skill sets, and the comparison of the Top Gun generation of recruits compared to today’s youth growing up against a backdrop of global conflict.

Moderator: Roy Macdonald, Grandparent

1-O: Why You Can’t Afford NOT to Care: Assessing the Impact of the Affordable Care Act

Maria Harris Tildon, Parent, Trustee: Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Community Affairs, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the federal health care law, what does that mean for all of us? Join us for a high-level overview of the Affordable Care Act and its practical implications for individuals and families in Maryland in the near and long term.

Moderator: Elisabeth Sachs, Parent 


2-A: The Future of the Book

Leigh Feldman, Alumna (1984): Literary Agent, Writers House

Michael Cader, Alumnus(1979): Founder, Publishers Marketplace, Publishers Lunch, and Cader Books

With the rise of e-books and internet bookselling and the disappearance of real bookstores, the once stable book publishing business is now the focus of much speculation and interest. Literary agent Leigh Feldman and industry chronicler Michael Cader will offer some answers on where it all leads, and will answer any question except “How can I get my book published?”

Moderator: Robin Miller, Parent, Former Trustee

2-B: Prosperity Economics: Inequality and American Democracy

Nate Loewentheil, Alumnus (2003): J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School; Founder of the Roosevelt Campus Network

Examine inequality in America with a focus on its political dimensions. The discussion will highlight how our public policies have exacerbated inequality, how inequality distorts our political process, and what we can do about it. Ensuring that today’s economic winners don’t dominate our politics may be the most important way to improve the quality of economic life for Americans – “all will benefit if more are secure.”

Moderator: Peter Warren, Faculty, Parent of Alumni

2-C: Finding Comedy in Life: Performances and Panel

Ben Rosen, Alumnus (2004): Comedian
Andrew Schaffer, Alumnus (2005): Improvise
Daniel Student, Alumnus (1999): Producing Artistic Director, Storyteller
R. Eric Thomas, Alumnus (1999): Playwright, Teaching Artist, Storyteller

In the tradition of storytelling styles like NPR’s The Moth and Baltimore’s Stoop Stories, Park alums perform sets in the school’s Macks-Fidler Theater. Their original, first-person narratives will be followed by a brief panel discussion. At the center of each performance is the humor we all must find in our daily lives.

Moderator: Howard Berkowitz, Faculty, Parent of Alumni

2-D: Loving What You Do: People and Food

Alfie Himmelrich, Alumnus (1974), Parent: Owner, Stone Mill Bakery

For over 20 years, Stone Mill has been a family business known for artisan bread and high-quality, natural, fresh food. What are the other “ingredients” that create a successful, well-run company? Stone Mill has developed a recipe for satisfied customers and employees, with the right proportion of talent, vision, collaboration, and pride in a job well done. When Alfie shares his philosophy, recipes and food, you will understand why he so loves his work.

Moderator: Lindley Weinberg, Parent

2-E: What is This Thing We Call Musical Beauty?

Markand Thakar, Parent: Charles A. & Carolyn M. Russell Music Director, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; Co-Director, Graduate Conducting, Peabody Conservatory

Classical music can provide an experience of beauty. We absorb sounds. Sounds move us, change us, and make us better. Based on his recent book, Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, he will examine the nature of the sound experience and how we can achieve beauty.

Moderator: Janice Eteme, Parent

2-F: The Secrets of Nim: Finding the Mathematics in Games

Anna Marmor, Upper School Mathematics Faculty, and Upper School Students

Re-discover the joy of childhood games like tic-tac-toe and dots and boxes and sharpen your analytical skills. Join Upper School Math teacher Anna Marmor and her students to play some simple math games, such as “Nim” – and uncover the mathematics behind the winning strategies.

Moderator: Susannah Wolf, Faculty, Parent

2-G: Google en Español: How the Internet Is Changing the Way Latin America Connects, Communicates, and Does Business

David Hyman, Alumnus (1999): Regional Manager, Online Partnerships Group, Google Latin America

Come chat about Google’s reach and impact in emerging economies many miles outside Silicon Valley. Topics will include trends in mobile media consumption, Google’s role in building an interconnected Internet ecosystem, and how growing up as a Bruin makes life in the corporate world a piece of cake.

Moderator: Josh Wolf, Administrator, Parent

2-H: The Stock Market and the Madness of Crowds

Dan Cummings, Alumnus (1983): Head of International Wealth and Investment Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowd, written by Charles MacKay in 1841, is the seminal work on groupthink, economic bubbles, and speculative excess. More than 150 years later, Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, expressed concern over “irrational exuberance” in the U.S. economy. Given the opportunity, most investors want to find the next great company (before it is common knowledge). Great companies are not always great stocks – just ask a Facebook user and a Facebook investor. This session will provide an unconventional look at the modern-day stock market. This is NOT a lecture on corporate finance or security valuation. Rather, the discussion will focus on the psychology and momentum of financial markets.

Moderator: Bruce Fleming, Parent, Trustee

2-I: The Yoga of Engagement: Exploring the Gifts of Breath and Body

Vivian Campagna, Parent: Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor

Experience yoga as a path to cultivate your innate awareness and awaken more fully to the heart’s powerful longing to love and serve. Using the Park philosophy of positive expectations, learn to listen to – and hear – the messages of the Mind-Body-Spirit and respond in a life-affirming way. Please bring clothing that you can move and groove in and your own yoga mat, if you have one. Additional mats, blankets, and blocks will be provided.

Moderator: Lindsay Fleming, Parent

2-J: Does the World Need Nuclear Power?

David Elbert, Parent: Acting Program Director for Environmental Studies in Advanced Academic Programs and Associate Research Scientist in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Energy production lies at the nexus of innumerable social, economic, and environmental issues. Recognition that fossil-fuel burning is at the center of a growing climate crisis has created new popularity for nuclear power and made advocates of previously staunch critics. David will lay out the pros and cons for a debate about whether nuclear power is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Moderator: Jeff Jennings, Faculty

2-K: The National Disaster Medical System: A Medical Officer’s Account of Life in Deployment

Michael Millin, M.D., M.P.H., Parent: Disaster Control Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Medical Officer, New Jersey-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, National Disaster Medical System

You’re at work seeing a patient in Baltimore, and – BEEP! The text states that you need to be at Newark Airport in four hours. You’re now headed to Haiti for two weeks to take care of patients, post-earthquake. This session will expose the audience to the daily life of a federal disaster deployment officer, the highs and lows of disaster work, and the framework of the federal disaster response system.

Moderator: Thomas C. Succop, Grandparent

2-L: The Nude in Photography

Malcolm Daniel, Ph.D., Alumnus (1974): Senior Curator, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since the beginning of art, and in every medium, depicting the human body has been among artists’ greatest challenges and supreme achievements. Tapping veins of mythology, carnal desire, and aesthetic pleasure, depictions of the nude have also triggered impassioned discussions of sin and sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty. Such controversies are often aroused even more intensely when the artist’s chosen medium is photography. The session surveys the history of the photographic nude using examples from the Met’s collection, recently shown to wide acclaim.

Moderator: Elizabeth Rodini, Parent, Trustee

2-M: Preserving 100 Years of Park History: A Peek at the Treasures in Park’s Archives

Michelle Feller-Kopman, Parent: Park School Archivist

Join Michelle in the Archives, where you can see and read and touch the treasures accumulated during 100 years of Park School. She will present an overview of basic archival functions, including cataloguing, balancing access to, and preservation of, these historical records and objects. Participants will have a rare opportunity to examine and discuss highlights from this very special collection. Limited to five participants.

Moderator: Nancy Kohn Rabin, Alumna (1961), Parent of Alumni, Former President of the Board of Trustees

2-N: Using Genetics to Unlock the Puzzle of Autism and Other Brain Conditions

Jonathan Pevsner, Alumnus (1979): Research scientist, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

You’ve heard about the human genome. Learn what it is, and how we can now sequence the genome of children with brain conditions. The discussion will focus on the amazing double helix with all its 3 billion base pairs, the discovery of the genes responsible for certain conditions – and the possibility of new treatments.

Moderator: Steven Hsiao, Parent

2-O: Toward a World of Sustainable Cities: Creating Models to Meet our 21st-Century Challenges

Susan Blaustein, Alumna (1970): Director, Earth Institute

What factors determine success for any city and its citizens? Solving urban poverty requires sustainable solutions to the thorniest global issues today, including climate change, quality education, shelter, and health care, and access to economic opportunity. Real, empowering changes are happening now. Hear how Millennium Cities Initiative, a small research organization that is part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, is developing the pathways needed to address these challenges – one city at a time, across sub-Saharan Africa.

Moderator: Malick Mbengue, Faculty

2-P: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, and More

Dr. Matt Mountain, Parent, Trustee: Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

The Hubble Space Telescope has been described as the most important telescope since Galileo lifted his to the sky 400 years ago. The New York Times says it has “taught us to see the properties of a universe humans have been able, for most of their history, to probe only with their thoughts.” Tour this universe, illustrated by many of Hubble’s greatest images, and get answers to life’s biggest questions. How big is the universe? Are there other habitable planets, and are we alone? What will come after the Hubble?

Moderators: Antonella Nota, Parent

2-Q: Inverting the Pyramid: Remaking American Education for the 21st Century

Jal Mehta, Alumnus (1995), Ph.D.: Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

This talk and discussion will draw on a range of historical and international evidence to argue that the American educational sector is essentially organized “backwards.” Contemporary reformers are trying to do on the back end what they should have done on the front end: build a strong, skilled, and expert teaching force. The current pattern is to draw less than the most talented people into teaching, equip them with little relevant knowledge, train them minimally, put them in a weak welfare state, and then hold them accountable when they predictably do not achieve what we seek. What we want is the opposite approach. Hear how we can break from the patterns of the past and become a top performing educational nation in the future.

Moderator: Eric Rice, Parent

3-A: Success Through Failure

Larry Doyle, Parent: Award-winning novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter

Doyle explains how his career – writer for The New Yorker and The Simpsons, author of the award-winning novel I Love You, Beth Cooper and screenwriter of major motion pictures such as Looney Tunes: Back in Action – was actually the result of mistakes, misjudgments, and minor disasters, and that’s how it really works.

Moderator: Jean Wyman, Parent, Trustee

3-B: Beneath the Surface of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Tom Pelton, Parent: Host, The Environment in Focus, WYPR

Why is it that so many people drive around with “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates, but even modest efforts to regulate and reduce pollution into the nation’s largest estuary prompt lawsuits, protests, finger-pointing, and political backlash? Part of the answer might be that things aren’t what they seem with the Bay, and support for its cleanup is like the estuary itself: broad in a few places but shallow. Discuss how to build a bridge between aspiration and action for the Chesapeake Bay.

Moderator: David Flores, Alumni (2003)

 3-C: Leavers: From the Centennial Festival of Plays

Written by Ken Greller, Alumnus (2010): BFA Candidate, Dramatic Writing, New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Directed by Mai Asmerom (2013), Upper School Student

Take a seat for a performance of a one-act play from Park’s Centennial Festival of Plays. Prom – it’s an American tradition, a rite of passage, and the best night of your life. In a life that seems to be one disaster after another, Joseph and Larissa try to find a way to dance the night away at prom. That is, until they get a little too swept up.

Moderator: Carolyn Sutton, Administrator

3-D: How to Transform Public Will into Political Power to Achieve Public Health Goals

Vincent DeMarco, Parent of Alumni: President, Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition

How can we push past “we can’t” to achieve public health goals? Explore how public health advocates can use the power trifecta of grassroots coalitions, the media and strategic planning to overcome opposition. Gain an insider’s perspective in this lecture as Vinnie shares how leveraging these advocacy tools directly led to successful Maryland campaigns: raising tobacco and alcohol taxes, reducing gun violence, and expanding health care coverage.

Moderator: Betsy Leighton, Administrator, Parent of Alumni

3-E: Managing Your Media: Recognizing the Patterns, Rituals, and Trends in Your Family Life

Sheri Parks, Ph.D., Parent: Associate Professor of American Studies and Associate Dean of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park; Cultural Critic for “Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR

Do you and your family live in an unmanageable media minefield? Examine and gain deeper clarity on the role of television and other media in your own home. Uncover and understand your patterns, routines, and rituals. How do families use television to come together, be apart, and manage relationships? What does the arrangement of the furniture around the screen say about family power? Leave this session with specific tools that will enable you to diagnose and take control of the roles that media play in your life.

Moderator: Ramesh Moorthy, Parent, Trustee

 3-F: Is The Big Screen Shrinking? The New World of Film Distribution

Ramona Diaz, Parent: Filmmaker
Julia Kim Smith, Parent: Artist, Filmmaker
Matt Porterfield, Alumnus (1995): Filmmaker

While filmmaking has been thoroughly democratized – anyone can make a movie – traditional channels of distribution are roughly the same bottleneck they have always been. Dramatic changes are just beginning in the independent film world and this panel will give you an up-to-the-minute snapshot of where we are, as seen through the eyes of three very different and talented filmmakers.

Moderator: Jed Dietz, Parent of Alumnus

3-G: Savor and Flavor

Harriet Dopkin, Parent: Partner, The Classic Catering People

In a culture obsessed with food issues – political, environmental, health, and emotional – how often do we stop and savor our food? Through a series of guided tastings, mindfulness meditation exercises, and lessons in balancing flavors, Harriet and The Classic Catering People chefs lead an interactive exploration of what it means to truly taste your food, and they offer suggestions on how to translate that experience into everyday life. Drawing inspiration from lessons learned on a personal journey, this session aims to return us to a simpler and deeper appreciation of our food.

Moderator: Francesca Siciliano, Parent of Alumni

3-H: Observing the Night Sky from Park’s Rooftop: From Jupiter to Orion and Beyond

Ben Sugerman, Ph.D., Parent: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Manager of the Hoffberger Astronomy Observatory, Goucher College

Contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Join Park parent Ben Sugerman for a trip to the school’s rooftop observatory to gaze at the stars. In the event of cloudy or inclement weather, he will discuss “Why Pluto Is No Longer a Planet, and How it Might Explain Life on Earth.”

Moderator: Sean Lally, Faculty

3-I: The Artful Side of Politics

Walt Handelsman, Alumnus (1975): Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for Newsday

Walt is one of the most widely reprinted cartoonists in America today. His work appears in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He is a sought-after, featured guest on CNN and Nightline. Join him for a lively presentation of his award-winning cartoons and animations on political and social issues of the day.

Moderator: Paul Wolman, Alumnus (1973)

3-J: Bridging Cultural Divides: The Tipping Point in Creating New Communities

Thibault Manekin, Alumnus (1996): Co-founder of Peace Players International (PPI) and Seawall Development

Peace Players International uses basketball to bring together communities in conflict. Hear how the lessons learned on the court, among divided global communities such as South Africa and the Middle East, can lead to building new societies of unlikely neighbors. Where PPI uses sports to find common ground, Seawall Development is building housing and office space in Baltimore – and now across the country – to attract teachers and non-profits to cities. The resulting new communities are transforming cities – and lives.

Moderator: Daniel Klein, Alumnus (1999), Trustee

3-K: The Future of News

Josh Tyrangiel, Alumnus (1991): Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg Businessweek

Twenty years ago, daily papers were the preferred method of information delivery. Today, people consume news instantly via mobile, social, and web channels. What does the future of news look like given the dramatic decline of print media? In this interactive session, discuss how the digital news landscape influences both coverage and consumption.

Moderator: Roger Seidenman, Alumnus (1985), Administrator, Parent

3-L: Paint a Bowl, Feed a Soul: Empty Bowls Project of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

Debbie Ruston, Staff

Paint a bowl while you learn about the Empty Bowls project, an outreach program designed to support the work of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. This organization raises money for citizens for whom hunger and homelessness are a daily struggle. The completed bowls will be donated for its fundraiser later in March. No talent necessary! Studio fee: $15

Moderator: June Bennett, Administrator

3-M: New Trends for Developing Artists in the Music Industry

Jake Friedman, Alumnus (2003): Co-founder, Lovepump United Records and We Are Free Management, representing Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Yeasayer, Purity Ring, Wild Nothing, HEALTH and other emerging artists

Jake will discuss growing trends in the music industry from his perspective as a band manager who works with developing artists. Pulling from his professional roster of bands for case studies, he will provide candid insight about the creative business decisions that bands and artists are making in a shifting industry.

Moderator: Adele Dinerstein, Faculty, Parent of Alumni

3-N: The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers

Adam Lankford Ph.D., Alumnus (1998),: Criminal Justice Professor, University of Alabama

Are suicide terrorists motivated by self-sacrifice or the desire to die? For decades, government experts and terrorist leaders alike have insisted the answer is sacrifice, but Lankford’s research, which has been praised by experts and leading thinkers in the field, suggests otherwise. Participants will get to see the evidence and decide for themselves.

Moderator: Emile Bendit, MD, Parent of Alumni, Former President of the Board ofTrustees

3-O: Racial Disparity in Medical Care

Ebony Boulware, M.D., M.P.H., Parent: Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Associate Director, Welch Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Understand how racial disparities in medical care affect both personal medical choices as well as broader policy decisions. Professor Boulware will share her insight surrounding today’s very real,very relevant implications of available medical choices in the community.

Moderator: Rajiv Rimal, Parent

3-P: Zumba®: Dance Your Way to a Healthier Self 

Di Bobrow, Middle School Spanish Faculty: Licensed Zumba® fitness instructor

You’ve exercised your mind, now work out your body. Zumba® Fitness is an exhilarating, effective,Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Wear comfortable workout gear and tennis shoes, and bring a small towel.

Moderator: Jenny Harbold, Faculty