Lt. Dan Choi is a former army infantry officer, Iraq War veteran, West Point Graduate and Arabic linguist fired under Don't Ask Don't Tell when he came out on national TV in 2009. He has since become a leading gay rights activist and spokesperson, inspiring his community to make greater sacrifices for equality. He was arrested four times for protests at the White House, and spent time in a Russian jail for participating in Moscow Gay Pride at Red Square.
Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Evan Lyon’s work as a physician and activist focuses on the right to health – providing care in poor communities, assisting community health worker driven HIV, TB, and general health care. He has worked in Haiti since 1996.
Dr. Lyon’s research, advocacy work, and teaching are focused on economic, social, and political inequality, the health consequences of political violence, prisoner rights, and popular, community-based responses to global health problems.
Phil Kaye is a touring poet, published author, and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. He has appeared on NPR, performed at Lincoln Center, and is the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. As co-director of Project V.OI.C.E., Phil travels to colleges and high schools around the country performing his work and teaching poetry workshops, empowering students to find their own voice.