Schedule of Events
June 21-24, 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
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
Welcome - We are all Artists
Dejha Carrington, VP of External Relations and Communications, National YoungArts Foundation
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)
MORE TO COME - STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES
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
Speakers and Special Guests
Dr. Jane Rigby (1996, DE) is a civil servant Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Rigby serves as the Operations Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Dejha Carrington is Vice President of External Relations at National YoungArts Foundation.
Kim Barker is a reporter on the investigations team at The New York Times.
Pat Grady is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 2007.
Hugh Kennedy is an actor and teaching artist who lives in Los Angeles.
Dr. Bergmark is the founding executive director of Voices for Civil Justice, a national communications hub for civil legal aid that launched in 2013.
Kathy McHale worked for 30 years for non-profit organizations related to community organizing, social issues, and assistive technology
Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer and educator. He creates socially engaged and architectural public art, as well as research-based projects about spatial justice issues.
Michael A. Weiss is chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of chemical biology and biotherapeutics for the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative.
Alvin W. Thompson is a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Jean Shin is 1990 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Nasha Thomas oversees AileyCamps and designs the national outreach for Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs department.
Lee Heinemann is 2011 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Rachel Moore is a 1982 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is president and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles’ premier performing arts center.
Nadia Wolff is a 2016 YoungArts Winner in Design Arts and Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Sharon Otterman has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2008, primarily covering education, religion and breaking news for the Metro desk.
Kathy Qian is the co-founder of Code for Democracy and recipient of the 2018 Seed Grant.
Leonard Earl Howze is an accomplished theater, film and television actor.
Thomas G. Tsao is President and Chairman of the Presidential Scholars Foundation.
Dr. Felice Kaufmann, who conducted the only longitudinal study on U.S. Presidential Scholars ever conceived, is a pioneer in the field of gifted education.