Speaker Series

Spring 2019 speakers

Rafat Ali, MA'01, founder and CEO of Skift

Rafat Ali, Skift

6 p.m. Feb. 18, Franklin Hall commons

Rafat Ali, MA'01, is founder and CEO of Skift, a New York-based business intelligence and marketing platform in travel. The platform provides news, information, data and services to the international travel industry. Before establishing Skift, Ali founded and led paidContent and ContentNext, which covered digital content's impact on the media, entertainment and entertainment industries.

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Maggie Haberman, New York Times White House correspondent

Maggie Haberman, The New York Times

5:30 p.m. March 18, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. In 2018, she was part of a Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, which it shared with a team from The Washington Post, for coverage of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign.

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James Balog, photographer and documentary filmmaker (Courtesy photo)

James Balog, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker

5:30 p.m. April 9, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

James Balog is a visionary photographer whose work extends far beyond the camera to the international stage, where he educates audiences about humans' relationship with the environment. His films include the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Chasing Ice," which used more than 40 cameras on two dozen glaciers to capture time-lapse images of climate-induced change, and "The Human Element," a documentary about human interaction with earth, air, fire and water.

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Anna Quindlen, journalist and author
Anna Quindlen

Journalist and author

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Christopher Hitchens, journalist
Christopher Hitchens


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Michele Norris, NPR’s All Things Considered host speaks with students during an event.
Michele Norris

NPR’s “All Things Considered” host

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