Festival Panels 2021
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In addition, three panels will be picked up and aired by C-SPAN's Book TV on Saturday, May 8 starting at 1:00 p.m. Find out more about the three panels by going to the Sunday, April 25 tab.
- Bill McKibben - Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? at 1:00 p.m.
- The Toll of the Opioid Crisis (featuring Jessie Dunleavy and Ben Westhoff) at 2:00 p.m.
- April Falcon Doss - Cyber Privacy at 2:50 p.m.
Wes Moore talks to D. Watkins about the aftermath of the Freddie Gray killing by Baltimore police officers in 2015. The killing led to five days of uprising that reverberated throughout the country and led to the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The story is told through Mr. Moore's personal experience and through the eyes of other affected Baltimoreans.
Moderator: D. Watkins is editor-at-large for Salon. He holds a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and has also been the recipient of numerous awards. Mr. Watkins is from and lives in Baltimore and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America, The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir, and We Speak for Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress. Buy We Speak for Ourselves here.
Heather McGhee's specialty is the American economy. In her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, she delves into the zero sum paradigm which states that progress for some must come at the expense of others. Ms. McGhee makes an argument for the opposite view which she calls the Solidarity Dividend--the idea that when people come together across race, we can accomplish what we can't do on our own. The moderator is Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University.
Moderator: David K. Wilson is the tenth president of Morgan State University. He has a long record of accomplishment and more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, both from Harvard. He came to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of both the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension.
Austin Channing Brown talks with Jenifer Moore about her New York Times best-selling book I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Her searing memoir recounts her upbringing in majority-White schools and churches and how she had to "learn to love Blackness." Her journey bears witness to the complexity of American's social fabric and invites a discussion about confronting apathy.
Moderator: Jenifer Moore is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Key School in Annapolis, MD. Previously, she has served the head of school and director of curriculum and instruction at Sela Public Charter School. She uses her training and passion for diversity, equity and inclusion to teach others to create equitable and just institutions within the educational system. She believes that if education is to be the great equalizer, it must be rooted in equity and justice.
Author Ann Patchett and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will be presenting their book Escape Goat; talking to children about the process of writing and doing the drawings for this hilarious and heart-warming story about a goat who keeps getting blamed for things that go wrong on the farm but is it really his fault?
Moderator - Paula Willey is a librarian in Baltimore. She has written about children’s literature and family engagement for publications such as School Library Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Booklist, VOYA, and Baltimore’s Child, and speaks on topics ranging from picture book illustration to teen horror. A member of the 2019 Michael S. Printz Committee, she has spent her pandemic figuring out contact-free ways to engage with the library customers she misses so much. Photo by Bob Pipik.
Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Heffernan will be discussing their book, Grown & Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults. The two authors are the founders of the number one website and online community for parents of teens and young adults. Join them and moderator Dr. Lauren Cashion as they talk about how to change as your kids change, how to stay close as a family even as your lives start moving apart, and much more.
Moderator: Lauren Cashion is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has an independent practice in Annapolis, MD. Her medical degree is from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where, upon completion of her training, she was appointed to the faculty. Dr. Cashion has provided both direct service and consultation to mental health clinics and schools, public and private, in Anne Arundel County. She has served on the County's Mental Health Task Force and volunteers with Burgers and Bands, a nonprofit suicide prevention program. She lives in Annapolis with her husband, two children and rescue dog.
Children's book author and Sibert Honor winner Deborah Hopkinson will be chatting with Susan Kusel about her new book We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance. This non-fiction book, geared toward middle school readers, is a meticulously researched tale of heroic Jewish youths who survived the the Nazi death camps. It brings in testimonials, archival images, and interviews and calls young readers to action by showing them that heroism begins with compassion towards their fellow citizens. Recommended for children ages 9-12.
Moderator: Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA, the children's book buyer and selector for [words] bookstore in Maplewood, NJ, and the owner of Dream On Books, a children's book consulting company. She has served on many book award committees including the Caldecott Medal and as the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Ms. Kusel is a former board member of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She recently published her debut book The Passover Guest.
Journalist Kate Murphy will be discussing her new book You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters with Jessie Rhines. Chosen as one of the Washington Post's "Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2020," You're Not Listening takes a deep dive into why we're not listening, what it's doing to us, and how we can reverse the trend. Ms. Murphy brings humor, science and an introduction to some of the best listeners in the world (e.g., a CIA agent, a bartender, and a top salesman) into her book, giving us a roadmap to better our communication and connection with our fellow human beings. This will be a fascinating and timely discussion!
Moderator: Jessie Rhines is a somatic psychotherapist who is passionate about infusing western psychology with body awareness and breath work. Her mission is to make yogic philosophy less esoteric and more widely practical. Ms. Rhines has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is certified in both integrated movement therapy and yoga therapy. She works in private practice in Annapolis, where she also teaches yoga classes, runs therapeutic workshops, and provides mindfulness curriculum for educational settings.
Kleptocrats rule their countries like mafia dons, appropriating and doling out wealth and favors to secure their power and to ensure their families get a piece of every major deal. They work with networks of skillful enablers to launder and move their funds across borders, relying on shell companies to obscure ownership. The result is a parallel world of extraordinary wealth, bolstered by sophisticated tax evasion schemes, all hidden from public view. But dedicated investigative journalists are doing the painstaking work to peel back the veil on this kleptocratic world. Join reporters and authors Tom Burgis, Oliver Bullough and Sarah Chayes, together with Alexandra Wrage of TRACE, as they discuss this shadowy world.
Moderator: Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security and editor of four books on financial crime. Ms. Wrage hosts the popular podcast "Bribe, Swindle or Steal." She is a guest blogger for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption. Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 140 countries.
Meet Haben Girma, activist for people with disabilities and author of a thoughtful, funny memoir Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, which was New York Times "New & Noteworthy Pick." Ms. Girma grew up in Eritrea and traveled the world. She defines disability as an opportunity for innovation and learned non-visual techniques for everything from salsa dancing to working with an electric saw. Join her as she talks about her life and work with disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold.
Moderator: Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer who has worked to make the digital world more inclusive since 1995. She serves as the Digital Accessibility Resource for the business to business non-profit Disability:IN and was twice a California lawyer of the year. Ms. Feingold developed and practices structured megotiation, a problem-solving strategy that avoids lawsuits and focuses on lasting change and relationship-building. She is the author of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits.
With the election of President Biden, the United States is entering into a new phase of its relationship with Russia. Russia's interference with U.S. elections, Putin's alleged attacks against his political enemies and the kleptocracy he has built, makes discussion on the state of US-Russian relations particularly timely and relevant. Join Russia experts and investigative journalists Catherine Belton and Luke Harding as they talk to former U.S. senior diplomat John Beed about this crucial relationship that affects the world. * Catherine Belton will not be attending.
Moderator: John Beed is the chief partnership officer for LifeRamp, a nextgen technology company helping young professionals and college students be their best through on-demand life and career coaching. A former senior U.S. diplomat who led innovative economic development, education, and global health programs across the Americas, Asia, and Africa, he was the USAID mission director in Guatemala, India, and Paraguay, and the U.S. development counselor in Japan.
Esteemed and award-winning historians, Keisha N. Blain and Martha S. Jones will be discussing Black experiences in America. Debunking the myth that Black men and women represent a monolith in American culture and history, the panel will focus on the wide range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness. This promises to be an illuminating and vital discussion. The panel will be moderated by Chanel Compton, the executive director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.
Moderator: Chanel Compton serves as the board chair of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and a board member to Afro Charities, and Future History Now. As the executive director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Ms. Compton is dedicated to serving Maryland to amplify and support African American heritage initiatives, groups and museums to gain further access to resources, partnerships and reach new audiences and heights. She has a home and art studio in Baltimore.
Award-winning mystery writer Charles Finch will join the Festival to talk about An Extravagant Death, the newest addition to his Charles Lenox detective series. Called "a gripping and cleverly plotted mystery," in this adventure, Charles Lenox finds himself in New York and Newport at the dawning of the Gilded Age to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. It's a panel perfectly suited to a Saturday afternoon!
Moderator: Mary Truitt Hill is a teacher, a writer and, happily for her, Charles Finch's mother. After attending Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, she taught literature at George Washington University, the College of William and Mary, and has been a Humanities teacher at Key School in Annapolis since 1998.
Meet best-selling journalist and historian Garrett M. Graff as he talks to Stephen Wrage about The Only Plane in the Sky. This comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001, was a 2020 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Winner. Mr. Graff's book comprises hundreds of transcripts, declassified documents, and interviews from scores of government officials, first responders, witnesses, and survivors of that horrific day. Join the discussion about the day that changed American's lives.
Moderator: Stephen Wrage served as assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was a Pew Faculty Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Immaculate Warfare, on the ethics of precision guided munitions and in 2019 published The Politics and Strategy of No-Fly Zones. Dr. Wrage is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Join three novelists, short-story writers and poets as they discuss their work in the context of Latinx culture. Rudy Ruiz is the award-winning author of the novel The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez, which weaves together the past and present with magical realism as the protagonist strives to make it in America. Poet ire'ne lara silva's most recent book, Cuicacalli/House of Song weaves together a multi-vocal exploration of time, place and history. And Sergio Troncoso brings A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, winner of the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story.
Lighthouses capture the imagination in so many ways: by evoking a romantic past, by representing the struggle between man and nature, or by reminding us of happy summer beach holidays. Sit back and chat with our two authors Jazmina Barrera and David Gendell, as well as moderator and writer Jefferson Holland, as they discuss everything lighthouse.
Moderator: Jefferson Holland celebrates the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay through articles published in regional newspapers and magazines, as well as in the original songs and poetry he shares in live performances and recordings. His column on walking local trails appears regularly in the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Mr. Holland has served as the director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum and as the Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers. He lives in Annapolis with his spouse and their new rescue pup.
Expand your world by joining these writers who will talk to us about their unique journeys from Egypt and Venezuela and how their craft and stories are affected by living and writing in exile. Meet Israel Centeno, who is from Venezuela and is the author of The Conspiracy and Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, who fled from Egypt after being convicted and jailed for harming public morality with his writings.
Moderator: Matthew Davis is the founding director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center. He’s the author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale and his work has appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Washington Post Magazine and Guernica. Mr. Davis has been an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, a fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, and a Fulbright fellow to Syria and Jordan. He holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and an M.A.in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Bill McKibben will be discussing his book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?. After being one of the pioneers in warning about climate change thirty years ago, he is now writing about converging trends of science and ideology. Mr. McKibben is issuing a sobering call to arms for the human race to save our planet and our humanity. Join this hugely important conversation with him and moderator Katherine Kroll, a sustainable investment specialist.
Moderator: Katherine Kroll is a sustainable investment specialist at Brown Advisory. She helps to lead the firm’s engagement efforts with companies, issuers, and municipalities to promote deeper adoption of environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG). In 2019, she was named to the SRI Conference’s list of “30 Under 30” sustainable investing professionals. Ms. Kroll is an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Texas and was previously a chapter leader of WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy) in Boston.
Gather the kids and enjoy an hour with world-famous, best-selling, much-loved author Kate DiCamillo. She will be talking about her newest book in the Deckawoo Drive series, Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem (illustrated by Chris Van Dusen). Kirkus Reviews says "The academic setting, imaginative Stella, and brown-noser Horace combine for an ideal opportunity for DiCamillo to exercise her characteristic wordplay...An adorable story that teaches readers that things—and people—are not always what they seem." We all need a little bit of that right now. Ms. DiCamillo will be joined by moderator Jennifer M. Brown, an educator, bookmaker and performer.
Moderator: Jennifer M. Brown, senior editor of "Shelf Awareness," an e-newsletter for the book trade and consumers, has spent the past thirty years toggling between her two passions—education and bookmaking. She has served as director of the Center for Children’s Literature and interim children's librarian at Bank Street College of Education, and publisher of Knopf Books for Young Readers. When she's not combing bookshelves for her next read, you can find her performing cabaret at Don't Tell Mama in New York.
New York Times bestselling author and reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will be talking to professor of Middle Eastern history, Ernest Tucker about her incredible new book The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. Produced after years of meticulous on-the-ground reporting in Syria, Ms. Lemmon tells the story of women in the Kurdish militia fighting on the frontline and helping to cement the territorial defeat of ISIS. Their courage and fortitude led them to then change women's lives in their corner of the Middle East. This is a do-not-miss panel.
Moderator: Ernest Tucker has taught Middle Eastern history at the U.S. Naval Academy since 1990. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and spent time in the late 1980s and early 2000s doing research in Istanbul, Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Tucker has published three books and his articles have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and his current research focus is the history of the early modern Middle East as a window on the complex processes of change in the early modern world. Photo courtesy of moderator
Two-time Caldecott winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall will be talking about her newest children's book, If You Come to Earth. This beautiful book was inspired by the thousands of children Ms. Blackall met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children. This moving and heartfelt picture book carries a clear message about caring for the Earth and each other. Ideal for children ages 3-5 years old. She will be joined by moderator Susannah Richards.
Moderator: Susannah Richards is an associate professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on literacy and literature for youth. She is also a literacy and literature consultant who works with authors, illustrators, publishers, teachers, and librarians at international, national, state, local, and district conferences. Follow her on Twitter and instagram @SussingOutBooks for information about books and education related topics.Photo by Bryon Cox
Get ready to take notes! College admission insider turned expert consultant, Sara Harberson will be talking to Laura Burrell Baxter about her book, Soundbite: The Admissions Secret that Gets You into College and Beyond. Her signature tool, the "soundbite," helps students distill their statement of identity into a personal definition of what is best about them as they present themselves to colleges.
Moderator: Laura Burrell Baxter is Key School's director of college advising where she guides students to find the right "fit" in a college. Prior to her role at Key, Ms. Baxter was an independent education consultant and worked in admissions at Dickinson College. She currently serves on the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling committee for current trends and future issues and is on the Counselor Advisory Board for Juniata College. She also volunteers as a college advisor for a local nonprofit, Charting Careers, which serves first generation college students.
Kelly Yang, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, will be talking to Elizabeth Kahn about Parachutes, her new Young Adult novel. This modern immigrant story is about two girls navigating life as "parachutes": teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the U.S. while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Their paths will lead them in ways that will forever change their lives.
Moderator: Elizabeth Kahn has been a school librarian in the New Orleans area for 30 years. She currently holds a position as librarian at Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy in Avondale, LA which serves students in 6th-12th grade. Since 2012 she has been reviewing middle grade and young adult books for School Library Journal. She loves books and reading and getting the right book into the hands of each reader; you can visit her online at talesfromaloudlibrarian.com.
The pandemic has brought upheaval and isolation throughout the world. Join two gifted authors who, each in her own way, will be discussing ways to center our lives and take back our sense of agency. Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well-Gardened Mind, is a prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist and avid gardener who advocates immersing yourself in gardening and the natural world to decrease stress and foster mental well-being. Jenny Odell, in her New York Times best-selling book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, advocates for actively and continuously guarding against giving away our attention to those entities that seek to capture it for their own purposes. How to Do Nothing was named one of the best books of the year by Time, the New Yorker, NPR, and others. The authors will be joined by moderator Ginger Woolrich.
Moderator: Ginger Woolridge is a master naturalist and the co-author, along with Tony Dove, of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States. She is an Annapolis-based landscape designer, author and consultant. Ms. Woolridge has a B.S. in landscape architecture from Penn State and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Max Phillips
A good historical fiction panel is always a very, very good thing and this year promises to transport those who tune in to amazing places. Join three super talented writers and their moderator, the incomparable Bethanne Patrick, as they discuss their newest books. Bestselling author and Festival fan favorite, Erika Robuck, is back with The Invisible Woman, a tale of a young society woman from Baltimore who is recruited as an Allied spy in France during WWII. Margaret Rodenberg, in Finding Napoleon, takes us back two hundred years to tell us of Napoleon's attempt to write a novel and his secret affair with Albine de Montholon. Karin Tanabe, in A Hundred Suns, tells the tale of American Jessie Lesage who arrives in Vietnam in 1933 with her French husband who is heir to the Michelin rubber fortune to find a world of intrigue and suspense. A Hundred Suns was named a Best Book of Spring 202 by Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, and others.
Moderator: Bethanne Patrick is a writer, author and critic who tweets @TheBookMaven. Her book reviews and author profiles appear frequently in the Washington Post, the LA Times, and many others. Ms. Patrick is currently vice president of the PEN/Faulkner Board and editorial director of 1455 Lit Arts' Movable Type magazine. She is working on a memoir for Counterpoint Press. Photo by Three Irish Girls Photography
While America has been focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, opioid overdose deaths have actually accelerated in 2020. CDC Director Robert Redfield states, "The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard." Join this incredible panel as they discuss the opioid crisis that still rages all around us: best-selling author and investigative journalist Ben Westhoff (Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic); memoirist and drug policy reform advocate Jessie Dunleavy (Cover My Dreams in Ink: A Son's Unbearable Solitude, A Mother's Unending Quest); and moderator and author Lisa Hillman (Secret No More).
Moderator: Lisa Hillman is a former broadcast journalist and has been a development professional for more than thirty-five years. She is the former president of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and a board member of Pathways and Samaritan House, programs that serve addicts. Since Secret No More, her first book, was published in 2017, she has addressed more than 70 groups around the country about addiction’s effect on families.
Award-winning presidential historian Harold Holzer will be discussing his newest book with moderator Bob McCarthy. The title of his work really says it all--The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media from the Founding Fathers to Fake News. Join the conversation about the clash between the nation's chief executive and the fourth estate that most likely will be continuing into the foreseeable future.
Moderator: Bob McCarthy has taught in Key School's Upper School Humanities department, which he also chairs, for the last 19 years. He teaches the American Civilization course, Comparative Literature, and electives including Economics, Psychology, and International Film. Before Key he taught philosophy at a variety of colleges in the Boston area.
April Falcon Doss, a privacy expert and former NSA and Senate lawyer, will be discussing cyber privacy by giving us details on our digital footprints and revealing how the private sector, the government and our employers track and use our data. General Michael Hayden, former director of CIA and NSA, calls Ms. Doss's book "Chilling, eye-opening and timely." She believes it's time to rethink notions of privacy and set limits on the power of those who are constantly watching, listening and learning about us.
Moderator: Lindsay Gorman is the emerging technologies fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, focusing on techno-authoritarianism, China, and foreign policy. She has spent over a decade at the intersection of technology and national security, including in the Senate, White House and Silicon Valley. Ms. Gorman is an awardee of the State Department Speaker Program and has served as an expert contributor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Her seminal work on topological insulators was published in Nature Physics, and she has engineered AI for a self-driving car. Ms. Gorman's analysis has appeared in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Atlantic, and Financial Times. She holds a B.A. in physics from Princeton and an M.S. from Stanford. Follow her @LindsayPGorman. Photo by Marcos Carvalho
Join Jason Karlawish and Tia Powell as they discuss the toll Alzheimer's and dementia have taken on scores of aging people and their caregivers. Dr. Kalawish, in The Problem of Alzheimer's, recounts the history and cost of the disease as well as the news that biomedical breakthroughs may be coming. Dr. Powell, in Dementia Reimagined, looks at moving the conversation away from looking for cures to focusing on care in terms of helping patients live a meaningful and joyful life. With an aging population, we cannot afford to look away. The panel will be moderated by Daphne Glover Ferrier, the award-winning producer of SPENT, a film about dementia on Maryland Public Television.
Moderator: Daphne Glover Ferrier is the producer of SPENT: The Hidden Cost of Dementia, a film that examines the emotional and financial impact of dementia on families and society, and which premiered on Maryland Public Television. Ms. Ferrier received a master's degree in international development from the University of Denver. She has produced films on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS education in Africa to the power of learning in Asia, South America and South Africa. Her work has aired on National Geographic, Smithsonian Network, and PBS, and has been honored with numerous awards including Cines, Tellys, and Peer Awards.
Do you like to laugh? Let's grab a beverage of choice and wind down the weekend with some humorous banter with LA-based satirist Annabelle Gurwitch. This New York Times best-selling author will be talking to opinion writer and author Helaine Olen about her new book of essays titled You're Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility. Ms. Gurwitch gives an irreverent yet empathic voice to a generation of young adults looking into a future with no social safety net by offering stories filled with resilience, adaptability and the kindness of strangers. If you don't laugh, you'd cry, right?
Moderator: Helaine Olen is an opinion writer for the Washington Post and the senior managing editor of the online journal Public Seminar at The New School. She's the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and co-author of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated.
Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author Sharyl Attkisson will join the Festival to discuss her new book, Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism. This USA Today bestselling book takes on the media's misreporting of the Black Lives Matter movement, Joe Biden, coronavirus, and more. How does media do this? By massaging, shaping, curating, and manipulating every piece of information before it reaches the viewer or reader. Ms. Attkisson reports that top news executives and journalists from every major news organization have spoken to her about the death of the news as they knew it and that the concerns cut across partisan divides. This promises to be an enlightening hour!
Moderator: Herb McMillan is a Naval Academy graduate, former Navy pilot and currently an American Airlines captain. He has served as an Annapolis councilman, represented Annapolis in the Maryland House of Delegates for twelve years, and is currently a candidate for Anne Arundel County executive. He has published editorials in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, Eye on Annapolis, and the Annapolis Capital Gazette.