Publicists for Renaissance Weekend released a list of some of the 1,200 top leaders and thinkers who are attending the closed-door annual gathering at Charleston Place the next couple days.
Past participants have included former President Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. How many names do you recognize on this list?
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Economics Nobel laureate Roger Myerson
Internet guru Esther Dyson
Physics Nobel laureates William Phillips, Murray Gell-Mann and Wolfgang Ketterle
U.S. Senate Chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy
Four-time Guinness World Record-holder Roz Savage (first woman to row solo across three oceans)
U.S. Agency for International Development Director Rajiv Shah
Oscar-winning Actress Estelle Parsons
"Passages" author Gail Sheehy
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier
MacArthur "Genius Prize" winner Amory Lovins
Evangelist Leighton Ford (long-time Billy Graham associate)
Conservative direct mail guru Richard Viguerie
Former Brooks Brothers CEO William Roberti
Financial writer Andrew Tobias
"Getting Things Done" author David Allen
MacArthur Prize winners Howard Gardner
Prize-winning physicist-astronomer Lawrence Krauss
Lehigh University President Alice Gast
Former NBC medical commentator Dr. Art Ulene
Four-time Emmy-winning former ABC & CBS foreign correspondent Terry McCarthy
U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant Peter Neffenger, former commander of Deepwater oil spill
Emmy-winning Pixar Animation inventor Rob Cook
Former CIA operations fficer Valerie Plame
Former Automatic Data Processing CEO Josh Weston
U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund Chairman Josh Gotbaum
Yale University theologian Lamin Sanneh
Sex therapist Ruth Westheimer (aka Dr. Ruth)
MIT Center on Bits & Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld
Political Commentator Eleanor Clift
"You Just Don't Understand" and "Talking 9-5" author Deborah Tannen
Metamaterials Authority & Rice University Engineering Dean Edwin Thomas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Cardiology Chief Edward Yeh
Former CNN Business Anchor Myron Kandel
"If Mayors Ruled the World" author Benjamin Barber
Norton Utilities developer and arts patron Peter Norton
"Washington's Most Quoted Pundit," American Enterprise Institute Fellow Norm Ornstein
Former UN Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen
Biotech & Cloning Authority David Sadava
Archie Comics owner/CEO Nancy Silberkleit
Thinking Robots President Matthias Scheutz
Disciples of Christ/Christian Church National President Sharon Watkins
Harvard University China authority Ezra Vogel
Harvard Medical School Chief of Pharmacology & Epidemiology Jerome Avorn
USA Network Founder Kay Koplovitz
UK Queen's Counsel Hilary Heilbron
Retired Admiral and Commanding Officer - Middle East Forces Harold Bernsen
Former Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Alan Blinder
Former International Herald-Tribune Publisher Lee Huebner
Chinese philosophy professor and competitive poker player Bryan van Norden
Stanford University philosophy professor Joshua Landy
City College of New York President Lisa Staiano-Coico
Yale University cognitive scientist Paul Bloom
Former International Trade Commission Chair Paula Stern
The conference started Saturday and ends New Year's Day. None of the sessions is open to the public. The idea is let these prime movers get together so they can network and bounce ideas off each other.
Organizers also released a list of some of this year's 633 sessions. They're not open to the public but give you an idea what these people might be talking about.
Edward Snowden - Traitor Or Whistleblower?
Typhoon Haiyan and the Capacity for International Disaster Relief
Tapering Trembling & Tantrums - Investors' Perspectives
The Internet of Things - Digital Fabrication
Dangerous Liaisons? The Great Thaw in U.S.-Iran Relations
Politics Aside - What Makes a Difference in Our Communities?
If Mayors Ruled the World
What Healthcare Really Costs
The Consequences of Moods
The Future of Manufacturing
Where's Media Heading?
What Difference Will Pope Francis Make?
Restoring Trust in Institutions
How Do People Fall In - and Out Of - Love?
Are the Quants Taking Over the Ad Business?
Faith in Action
Digital Device Detox - Decoupling from Technology
Magical Power in Harry Potter
So Now What Do I Do with My Money?
The Transformation of China
What's Behind Extreme Weather?
Who Needs Hollywood (or Traditional Media) Anymore?
When Women Don't Know about Men that Men Don't Know about Themselves
The Art of Aging
Zombie Stars and Dark Energy
Sacred Cows that Aren't Milking Anymore
The Foundations of Moral Cognition
Medicine's New Age
The Cultivation of Virtue
Accelerating the Advance of Women
The Habits of Highly Effective Sleepers
Securing Stability in the Middle East
Whatever Happened to "the Common Good"?
The Cure for the Common Medical Practice
How Music Affects the Brain
Is Privacy a Thing of the Past?
The Pulse of Pop Culture
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