John M. Barry, Author, Rising Tide; Distinguished Scholar, Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Educator and Artist; Co-Founder and Curator, Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame
Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Inc.
Bennie Pete, Founder and Band Leader, Hot 8 Brass Band
Gary Rivlin, Journalist and Author, Katrina: After the Flood
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
With Gwen Ifill
John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. The National Academies of Science named his 2004 book The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine. His earlier book Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, won the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year’s best book of American history and in 2005 the New York Public Library named it one of the 50 best books in the preceding 50 years, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Cherice Harrison-Nelson is a educator and curator of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame at New Orleans.
Michael Hecht is President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development organization for southeast Louisiana. GNO, Inc.'s mission falls broadly into two categories: business development – attracting and growing businesses – and product development – creating better business conditions. Under Michael's leadership, GNO, Inc. was recently named the #2 economic development organization in the United States by Business Facilities magazine.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor for "The PBS NEWSHOUR w/ Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff."
Bennie Pete is Founder and Band Leader of Hot 8 Brass Band.
Gary Rivlin is a reporter for The New York Times. He is the author, most recently, of The Godfather of Silicon Valley.
Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of Yale University.