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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 11th Jun 2013
The Players Club
Amber Tamblyn is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Indepdendent Spirit Award nominated actress and writer. She is most recognised for her performance as Joan in the CBS series Joan of Arcadia, and recently appeared opposite James Franco in Danny Boyle's 2010 film 127 Hours. Amber has also been publishing poetry since the age of 12, with her first work, 'Kill Me So Much', appearing in The San Francisco Chronicle. In the years that followed she self-published two collections of poetry, art and photography, before her debut collection Free Stallion, collecting over a decade's work, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005, winning the Borders award for 'Breakout Writing' in 2006. Alongside publishing her poetry in numerous publications, Amber is also Executive Producer of 'The Drums Inside Your Chest', an annual poetry concert, and Co-Founder of the non-profit organisation Write Now Poetry Society.
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Nathaniel Rich is a novelist and essayist. He is the author of the 2013 novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, the 2008 novel, The Mayor's Tongue and the 2005 nonfiction book, San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present. Rich has written essays and criticism for The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine and Slate. He lives in New Orleans.
Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. She began her career at the National Post where she edited and art-directed the daily Avenue page, She went on to art direct Saturday Night, the National Post's weekly news magazine. In 2003, Shapton published her first book of drawings, titled Toronto. From 2006 to 2008 Shapton contributed a regular travel column to Elle magazine, and from 2008 to 2009 was the art director of The New York Times Op-Ed page. She published Was She Pretty? in November 2008 and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, in February 2009. She published The Native Trees of Canada with Drawn & Quarterly in November 2010. Shapton recently contributed a regular column to T: The New York Times Style Magazine's blog The Moment. She is currently posting an illustrated series titled "A Month Of..." to The New York Timesopinion page website.
Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. His books include Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1993), Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), and The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008). Ferguson has written and presented five major television series, including The Ascent of Money, which won the 2009 International Emmy award for Best Documentary. A weekly columnist for Newsweekand a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV, Niall Ferguson divides his time between the United States and the United Kingdom. He is currently working on a life of Henry Kissinger. The film based on his interviews with Kissinger won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for Best Documentary. In 2004 Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.