A panel including Ron Suskind, Vince Warren and Fisher Stevens explore the dark corners of illegal kidnapping, confinement, secret prisons and torture.
Harold Pinter said "I believe that, despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, is a crucial obligation. It is, in fact, mandatory."
Accountability is critical to democracy. At a time when grave challenges threaten American democracy, only a groundswell of public engagement can restore American values and moral standing in the world. At this crucial moment, Culture Project presents Blueprint for Accountability, a monthly series that asks "How can we empower ourselves to hold our leaders - in government, education and corporate institutions - accountable for the events of the past and the conditions of the future?"
In a bold new hybrid of investigative journalism and theater, Blueprint for Accountability brings together the world's leading experts in politics and journalism with the most visionary artists of our time to create an architectural plan for restoring accountability into our culture.
Stay tuned for events - on economic injustice, the criminal justice system, immigration, human trafficking, Hurricane Katrina, healthcare, education and corporate media.
Oscar Nominee, Crash
Golden Globe Winner, Law & Order: SVU
Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. is an attorney specializing in environmental law and was co-host of Ring of Fire on the Air America Radio network.
Julianna Luisa Margulies is an American actress and producer.
After several small television roles, Margulies achieved success in her regular role as Nurse Carol Hathaway onNBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. After her departure from ER in 2000, Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced the female Iguanodon, Neera, in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur (2000). In 2009, she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal dramaThe Good Wife on CBS, for which she has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
She holds the record for winning more Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other individual. She won six times for her work on ER, and twice for her performance on The Good Wife.
Valerie Plame Wilson
Former CIA Agent
Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez
Former Iraq Commander
Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist.
He is a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now! and a frequent contributor to the Nation magazine. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.
Tony Award Winner, Glengarry Glen Ross
Emmy Award Winner, Boston Legal
Poet and Human Rights Activist
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience.
Mr. Suskind's latest book, "Confidence Men" (September, 2011), is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's harrowing battle to take control of his White House and earn the confidence of the American people.
His previous works include the New York Times bestseller, "The Way of the World"(August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; "The One Percent Doctrine" (June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; "The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill"(Jan 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and "A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League" (Doubleday/Broadway, 1998) a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement.
In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.
Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
A panel of experts debates how best to move forward with prosecuting perpetrators of torture in the Iraq War. Would a "truth commission," be enough, as Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez argues, or should Bush be tried for his involvement?
Dr. Allen Keller summarizes Physicians for Human Rights' June 7 report, "Experiments in Torture," which alleges CIA doctors conducted illegal, unethical experiments on prisoners to test torture techniques.
The report's conclusion, he asserts, "cries out for a complete, comprehensive investigation."