Schedule of Events

June 21-24, 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Friday, June 21st, 2019
3pm – Registration Opens
6pm-9pm - Welcome Reception 
We will gather in the garden of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for an informal welcome reception overlooking the Potomac River. Come catch up with old friends and meet some ones!

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
9am - 4pm 
Breakout Sessions 

Welcome - We are all Artists
Dejha Carrington, VP of External Relations and Communications, National YoungArts Foundation 

Keynote Address
Dr. Jane Rigby (1996, DE)

Social Justice + Design and Public Art
Chat Travesio (2003, FL) and Jean Shin (1990, MD)

A Conversation with two reporters from The New York Times
Kim Barker (1988, OR) and Sharon Otterman (1991, NY)

Discussion: Life Cycle of the Artist
Peter Kjome (1985, MN), Joe Gramley (1988, OR), Rachel Moore (1982, CA) and Nasha Thomas (1980, NY)

 New Investment Paradigms in a Changing World 
Thomas G. Tsao, (1988, NY) Pat Grady (2000, WY) and Matt Anestis (1991, CT)

The Road to 2020 – Using Digital Tools to Support Free and Fair Elections 

A Conversation with PSF Seed Grantee, Kathy Qian , (2009, OH) and Leonard Earl Howze (1995, CA)  

Discussion: Next Generation of Artists
Carissa Chen (2017, CA), Nadia Wolff (2016, FL) and Aidan Forster (2018, SC) + moderator Hugh Kennedy (2004, MN)

 Creating our Community, Finding Each Other, and Staying Connected
Kelley Kessell (2012, FL) and Kathy McHale (1964, RI)


 6:30pm - 2019 Presidential Scholars Honors Celebration
The Roosevelt Thompson Award will presented to climate scientist Richard Alley (1976, OH), hematologist Katherine High (1968, NC), and dancer Desmond Richardson (1986, NY). The Dr. Felice Kaufmann Award will be presented to philanthropist Lin Arison. 

Entertainment by Grace Weber, 2006 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts 

Sunday, June 23, 2019
9:30am - Brunch
10:00am - Dr. Felice Kaufmann
Stories from the Rearview Mirror: Lessons We Can Learn from the Lives of Presidential Scholars
11:30am - Alumni Association Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019
If you are still in the area on Monday, we invite you to join us for the following events: 

5pm - Dinner and Networking with the new class of 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars

8pm - Salute to the 2019 US Presidential Scholars performance 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall directed by John Heginbotham 

**Please note this is a tentative schedule, subject to change**
All events will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024 unless otherwise noted 


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Speakers and Special Guests