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Understanding Our New World | Livestream Conversation Series via Zoom

We regularly hour-long conversations with leaders in government, diplomacy, academia, philanthropy, and the military, providing wide-ranging conversations that are respectful, probing, and civil — the kind of conversations that Paul Simon relished.

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2022

Karin Olofsdotter – Ambassador of Sweden to the United States – January 13, 2022

2021

Ruth Simmons – President of Prairie View A&M University – November 29, 2021

Alice Hill – David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations – November 23, 2021

Anne-Marie Slaughter – CEO of New America – November 28, 2021

Stavros Lambrinidis – European Union ambassador to the United States – November 2, 2021

Elizabeth Shackelford – Senior fellow on U.S. foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs – October 19, 2021
Tammy Duckworth – U.S. senator from Illinois – October 4, 2021
Monique Jones – President of Forefront – September 20, 2021
Andrew Bacevich – Author, historian, president of Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft – September 9, 2021
Amy McGrath – Retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and former candidate for U.S. Senate – August 31, 2021
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz – Illinois state representative of the 17th District – August 17, 2021
Tim Knight – President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation – July 21, 2021
Candice Millard – Biographer and New York Times bestselling author – July 9, 2021
Audra Wilson – President & CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law – July 7, 2021
Nicole Perlroth – New York Times cybersecurity reporter – June 15, 2021
Susana Mendoza – Illinois Comptroller – June 4, 2021
John Gaddis – Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University – May 25, 2021
Angela Jackson – Illinois Poet Laureate – April 22, 2021
Jim Bullard  President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – April 8, 2021
Elizabeth Hinton – Yale University Professor and Historian – March 25, 2021
Barbara Bodine  Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University – March 11, 2021
Don Harmon – Illinois State Senate President (D-39th District) – March 8, 2021
Alexis Coe – Presidential Historian – February 19, 2021
Edward Larson – Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian – February 1, 2021
John Allen – President of the Brookings Institution – January 26, 2021
Timothy Lynch – Professor of American Politics at the University of Melbourne, Australia – January 19, 2021
Sharon Bush – Executive Director of the Grand Victoria Foundation – January 5, 2021


2020

Fredrik Logevall – Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian – December 16, 2020
Jorge Castañeda
– Mexico's Former Foreign Minister – December 10, 2020
Eliot Cohen
– Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University – December 1, 2020 
Theresa Mah
– Illinois State Representative – November 12, 2020
Ertharin Cousin
– Former Executive Director of the World Food Programme – November 9, 2020
Margaret MacMillan
– Duff Cooper Prize-winning Historian – October 28, 2020
Kimberly Lightford
 – Illinois Senate Majority Leader (D-4th District) – October 20, 2020
Hanh Le – Executive Director of the Weissberg Foundation – October 6, 2020
John Danforth
– Former U.S. Denator (R-Missouri) – September 30, 2020
Pete Buttigieg 
– Former U.S. Presidential Candidate and Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana – September 24, 2020
Richard Haass 
– President of the Council on Foreign Relations – September 21, 2020
Sherrod Brown
– U.S. Senator (D-Ohio) – September 18, 2020
Michelle Howard
– Retired United States Navy Four-Star Admiral – September 1, 2020
Mary Robinson – Former President of Ireland – August 26, 2020
Donald McHenry
– Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – August 19, 2020
Carmen Rojas
– President of the Marguerite Casey Foundation – August 11, 2020
Jim Durkin 
– Illinois House Republican Leader (R-82nd District) – August 4, 2020
Juliana Stratton – Illinois Lieutenant Governor – July 30, 2020
Charles Ray 
– Former U.S. Ambassador  to Cambodia and Zimbabwe – July 21, 2020
Angelique Power 
– President of The Field Foundation – July 7, 2020
Leon Panetta
– Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA – July 1, 2020
William Burns 
– President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – June 18, 2020
Emanuel "Chris" Welch 
– Illinois State Representative (D-7th District) – June 11, 2020
Darin LaHood
– U.S. Congressman (R-Illinois) – June 8, 2020
Rahm Emanuel – Former Mayor of Chicago – June 4, 2020  
Carl Hulse
– Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times – June 1, 2020
Dr. Teresa Amott
 President of Knox College – May 21, 2020
Jan Eliasson – Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations – May 14, 2020
David Kennedy – Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian – April 29, 2020