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Announcing The Hero Summit: An Exploration of Character and Courage

Speakers at Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s live-journalism event will include Admiral William McRaven, Madeleine K. Albright, Garry Kasparov, Bono, and Aaron Sorkin.

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast are pleased to announce a new annual summit: ”The Hero Summit: An Exploration of Character and Courage”—a powerful two-day gathering in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14–15.

The Hero Summit—an invitation-only event that will be streamed live at The Daily Beast—will examine the essential elements of moral, political, intellectual and physical courage, resilience, and selflessness.

We’ll hear from the men and women of the U.S. military on the greatest moments of heroism they’ve ever witnessed, on the concept of sacrifice, and on the lives of America’s veterans. We’ll also hear from those who shape and influence foreign policy, national security, and military issues about the question of our national character, set against the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. And throughout the summit, political dissidents, artists, and journalists will shine light on the wide range of expressions of courage and valor, and what it really means to speak truth to power.

Speakers include Admiral William McRaven, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred Rascon, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Bono, Garry Kasparov, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy, vet entrepreneur Zach Iscol, and others. Read the full agenda here.

Follow The Hero Project at The Daily Beast for more coverage of the Summit, including exclusive interviews with speakers and guests, as well as our extensive reporting on military and veterans’ issues. On Twitter, follow The Hero Summit and the hashtag #hero12.