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The Witte Lectures

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David Frum
February 9-10
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

David Frum is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic who served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-2002. He will be speaking about his ninth book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, recently published by Harper Collins. Frum is the author of eight books, including most recently Why Romney Lost. His first book, Dead Right, was described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement” and by the late William F. Buckley as “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.” Frum’s memoir of the Bush administration, The Right Man, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.


Dr. R. David Edelman
March 2-3
Artificial Intelligence: How Technology is Changing our Economy, National Security & Daily Lives

Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, R. David Edelman has spent a decade as one of the government's foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security and daily lives. He served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC) and led the White House team focusing on the digital economy — broadband, telecommunications, spectrum and technology trade as well as consumer cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues and anti-trust competition. Dr. Edelman is an expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today from cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation. His insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In 2017, he joined MIT's Internet policy team as Director of the new Project on Technology, the Economy and National Security.
Dr. Edelman’s lecture will guide us through this period of unprecedented change and provide insight into how technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars work, as well as explain the implications they will have for individuals, existing industries and geopolitics.


Maira Kalman
April 6-7
Art & the Power of Not Knowing

Maira Kalman is the author and illustrator of 25 books for children and young adults including Why We Broke Up, which she created with Daniel Handler, as well as the recent illustrated work Beloved Dog. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Kalman is currently at work on an illustrated column based on her travels to museums and libraries. She is also in collaboration with choreographer John Heginbotham on a ballet inspired by her work The Principles of Uncertainty. In addition to  performing in the ballet, Kalman has also created the costumes, sets and libretti. Other celebrated projects include an illustrated edition of the Strunk and White classic The Elements of Style. She and composer Nico Muhly created an “opera”of the text that was performed at the New York Public Library, Dia Beacon on the Hudson and Lincoln Center. Kalman’s design work is as extensive and successful as her literary work. She has designed fabrics and accessories with Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Michael Maharam and the Target Corporation, as well as ballet sets and costumes for the Mark Morris Dance Company and mannequins for Ralph Pucci.


Masha Gessen
April 27-28
The Future is History

A self-proclaimed “opposition journalist in Russia,” Masha Gessen is the author of many books, including Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave a chilling account of how a lowlevel, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in a short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Gessen will speak about her new book The Future Is History, recently longlisted for the National Book Award, in which she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own—as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.


DETAILS:

FRIDAY EVENTS
$50/$40* per person, per lecture
6:30pm Wine reception
7:00pm Lecture and Q&A
8:15pm Book sales & signing
Dessert & coffee

SATURDAY EVENTS
$35/$30* per person, per lecture
2:00pm Lecture and Q&A
3:15pm Book sales & signing
Dessert & coffee

All programs held at the
Newport Beach Central Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach

* Current Library Foundation members discounted price

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Speaker Archives

The Witte Lectures Committee
Karen Clark
Lisa Edwards
Janet Hadley, Chair
Diane Hafer
Signe Keller
Gordon McAlpine
Mark Murray
Natasha Palmaer
Ellen Shockro, Ph.D
Jene Witte
Lizanne Witte