The Hero Project

11.14.12

The Hero Summit 2012 Agenda

Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit, Nov. 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., is an invitation-only theatrical-journalism event that will be streamed live at the Daily Beast. We will hear powerful stories from active and retired members of our military, as well as from historians and writers who have written about moral and physical courage under fire. Read the agenda here, and check back for the latest updates.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012

7:00 PM WELCOME

Jim Marshall, President, United States Institute of Peace

INTRODUCING THE HERO SUMMIT

Tina Brown, Editor in Chief, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

WHAT MAKES A HERO: AN INTERVIEW WITH ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN

Admiral William H. McRaven, who commanded the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, in conversation with Charlie Rose on the heroic acts he’s witnessed and how courage on the battlefield—and off it—defines character.

• Admiral William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy, Commander, United States Special Operations Command

Interviewed by: Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose; Anchor, CBS This Morning

 

THE STORY OF DUST OFF 73

An up-close account of a high-risk mission in which one Army medevac crew risked it all to save the lives of their comrades over the course of three unforgettable days in Eastern Afghanistan.

• Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kenneth Brodhead, U.S. Army, Standardization Pilot
• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Sabiston, U.S. Army, UH-60 Black Hawk Instructor Pilot
• Sergeant Julia Anne Bringloe, U.S. Army,
Health Care Specialist and Flight Medic
• Specialist David Capps, U.S. Army National Guard,
Federal Technician, UH-60 Maintainer and Crew Chief

Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News

 

A NEW JOURNEY

Remarks by: Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat Group Automobiles; Head of Fiat Brand

 

A CONVERSATION WITH BONO AND NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Asked what he would do if he wasn’t a musician, and Bono doesn’t hesitate: “a journalist.” The singer and activist interviews his hero, Nicholas Kristof.

• Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times

Interviewed by: Bono, Lead Singer, U2; Co-Founder, ONE and (RED)

 

10:00 PM EVENING ENDS

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012

8:30 AM WELCOME

Tina Brown, Editor in Chief, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

WAR IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR

As the wars wind down, a former State Department official who spent seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan talks about his return to a disengaged Washington and to a disconnected America.

• J. Kael Weston, Former State Department Official (1999-2010) and Current Volunteer, Spirit of America

Interviewed by: Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post; Author, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan

 

THE NEXT WAR, THE NEXT WAR HERO
Presented by IBM

In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and faced with conflicts elsewhere, will the U.S. embrace a more humanitarian approach to affecting change, or reject it? Or is that a false choice? Leading voices on the future of warfare and the warriors of the future.

• Jim Hake, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of America
• Philip Mudd,
Senior Global Adviser, Oxford Analytica
• Hon.
Jane Harman, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson Center

Moderator: Daniel Klaidman, Special Correspondent, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

 

TAKING ON TYRANTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GARRY KASPAROV

Garry Kasparov on defying Vladmir Putin’s government, Pussy Riot, and the dissidents who are fighting for “the other Russia.”

• Garry Kasparov, Chairman, United Civil Front

Interviewed by: Eli Lake, Senior National Security Correspondent, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

 

PROFILE IN COURAGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ALFRED RASCON

Vietnam medic and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Alfred Rascon recalls a moment in battle and reflects on a life in service to his adopted country.

• Alfred Rascon, U.S. Army veteran; Medal of Honor Recipient

Interviewed by: Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments

 

THE URGE TO SERVE
Presented by USAA

Service men and women share stories of their unwavering commitment to their country—and why it doesn’t end once the uniform comes off.

• Eric Greitens, U.S. Navy Veteran and Chief Executive Officer, The Mission Continues
• Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda Hanible
, U.S. Marine Corps, Operations Chief and Founder, Operation Heroes Connect
• Staff Sergeant
Natalie Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reservist, Platoon Staff Noncommissioned Officer
• Howard “Ford” Sypher
, U.S. Army Veteran and Director of Field Operations, Region VII, Team Rubicon
• ME2 Anthony Emanuele, U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime
Enforcement Specialist 2nd class, USCG Recruiter

Moderator: Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments

 

MORAL INJURY: The Psychological Wounds of War

First-person accounts of the moments in battle when a service member's moral code and judgment are tested. Leading practitioners and activists on how to help veterans cope with feelings of shame and guilt—and how we’re all responsible.

• William P. Nash, M.D., U.S. Navy (Retired); Researcher in Combat-Related PTSD and Moral Injury
• Zach Iscol,
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Hirepurpose and The Headstrong Project
• Lu Lobello
, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; Founder of Unit Specific Aid; and Author of the forthcoming article Moral Injury: A Sociological Approach
• Major Sarah A. Shirley, Florida Air National Guard, Chaplain

Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Lead Political Anchor, CNN

 

11:05 AM DIPLOMATS ON THE FRONT LINES

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, and Bernard-Henri Lévy discuss the dangers and the opportunities for 21st-century diplomats.

• Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Chair, Albright Capital Management
• Ryan Crocker,
Senior Fellow, Yale University
• Bernard-Henri Lévy,
Philosopher, Author, and Director, The Oath of Tobruk

 

THE HEROES YOU’LL NEVER KNOW:
AN INTERVIEW WITH
HENRY CRUMPTON

Clandestine service requires secret sacrifices and courageous acts. Former coordinator for counterterrorism at the C.I.A. Henry Crumpton speaks about a world defined by heroism that is never publicly recognized.

• Ambassador Henry Crumpton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crumpton Group LLC and author of the bestselling book The Art of Intelligence(2012)

Interviewed by: Dr. Andrew Roberts, Author, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

 

AARON SORKIN: A CONVERSATION

Tina Brown talks to the celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin about how he defines courage through his characters and about the arc of the heroic story.

• Aaron Sorkin, Playwright and Screenwriter

Interviewed by: Tina Brown, Editor in Chief, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

 

THEY RISK IT ALL: IRAQI AND AFGHAN TRANSLATORS

For translators in Iraq and Afghanistan who risk their lives acting as the ears, eyes, and mouths of American troops, the peril continues long after the last combat boots have left the battleground.

• Haidar Khairallah, Translator
• Kirk Johnson,
Founder and Executive Director, The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies

Moderator: Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF SACRIFICE: MILITARY FAMILIES

Death, debilitating injury, isolation—the wounds of war scar both service members and their loved ones. These courageous relatives of service men and women turned their sacrifices and challenges into ways to help others in similar situations.

• Patti Walker, U.S. Army Civilian, Fort Riley, Kansas; Wounded Warrior Transition Advocate
• Kim Ruocco,
National Director of Suicide Education and Outreach, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors(TAPS)
• Bill Norwood,
Father of U.S. Marine Sergeant Byron Norwood
• Lori Bell
, Founder and President, National Association of Military Moms and Spouses (NAMMAS)

Moderator: Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent, 20/20

 

WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFUSE A BOMB

A first-person account of the extraordinary psychological courage required for one of the world’s most dangerous professions.

• Brian Castner, U.S. Air Force Veteran and Author, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Interviewed by: John Donvan, Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and Correspondent, ABC News

 

VETS: AMERICA’S SECRET ECONOMIC WEAPON

Their service over, men and women of the U.S. military face myriad challenges and opportunities as they transition back into civilian life. A crucial discussion about unleashing the potential of America’s next greatest generation.

• Elizabeth Perez-Halperin, U.S. Navy Veteran; President and Founder, GC Green 
• Peter Meijer
, Board of Directors, Student Veterans of America
• Eli Williamson,
U.S. Army Veteran; Director, Veterans Program, The McCormick Foundation; Board of Directors, Leave No Veteran Behind
• Mike Haynie, Ph.D.,
U.S. Air Force Veteran; Executive Director and Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University

Moderated by: John Donvan, Moderator, Intelligence Squared
U.S. Debates and Correspondent, ABC News

7:00 PM SPECIAL SCREENING OF STEVEN SPIELBERG’S LINCOLN