politics | September 09, 2015

“Transforming American Politics”: Coates, Stiglitz, Chetty, & Soghoian

Four Lavin keynote speakers are among the “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015,” says Politico Magazine. Making the mag’s annual Top 50 list, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joseph Stiglitz, Raj Chetty, and Christopher Soghoian are four of the most trusted and vital voices on matters of race, equality, economics, and security in the US.

Author of the “blockbuster treatise about being Black in America,” Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes up #26 on Politico’s list (sharing his spot with Michelle Alexander as two “chroniclers of the modern black experience”). To Politico, “Coates is confronting Americans with racial realities many would deny or not care to admit.” In his talks, he engages audiences in a meaningful, historically-grounded, up-to-the-minute discussion on what it means to talk—really talk—about race today.

Nobel-winning author, economist, and Columbia professor Joseph Stiglitz is known the world over for his insights into financial crises, and how we can emerge and recover. But Stiglitz is also the author of an “economic manifesto” for the Roosevelt Institute called “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy,” and it takes aim at the great gulf of inequality between the 1 percent and America’s poorest people. To Politico, Stiglitz’s work is “more than just an ode to the little guy.” For his clear-sighted alternatives to neoliberalism and laissez-faire politics, Stiglitz takes up #36 on the list.

“Little political attention has been paid to the role of neighborhoods in social mobility,” writes Politico, but thanks to MacArthur Genius and Stanford Economics professor Raj Chetty (#39 on the list), “Americans might be waking up to the idea that place matters.” Chetty’s work is instrumental in giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances at succeeding. By looking at how “growing up in different neighborhoods can indeed have a powerful impact on social mobility,” Chetty is turning heads and cutting through recycled laments over inequality at all levels of policy.

Years prior to Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, ACLU technologist and privacy expert Christopher Soghoian “was already urging Web and telecommunication companies to encrypt their users’ data and thereby protect the Internet’s pedestrians from prying government eyes,” writes Politico, putting him at #46. For years, Soghoian has been making the web a more secure place for users, lambasting both private and governmental agencies for allowing breeches, infiltrations, and spyware. As a speaker, Soghoian’s here to tell organizations how to keep things private in an ever-more-exposed digital environment.

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