Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Conversations On the Green 


In a symposium to benefit charities on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, three of the nation’s sagest visionaries will come together on May 17 to discuss how the pandemic will indelibly change the country and affect the daily life of every American.

The trio of renowned panelists are the historian Douglas Brinkley, the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a leading voice on devising national policies to battle the ongoing pandemic. 

The forum, which will be moderated by former NBC correspondent and national talk show host Jane Whitney, is the opening event of Conversations On the Green’s eighth season and will be interactive, allowing viewers to participate and pose questions for the panelists.

The discussion, “Life After COVID-19: A Brave New World,” is designed to sketch an outline of how the pandemic’s legacy will reverberate through time and grows out of the history of previous contagions. The fall of the Roman empire is widely attributed to the Antonine Plague in the late 100s while Europe’s social order was upended by the Black Death in the mid 1300s.

More recently, even less deadly crises - such as The Great Depression, the fall of the Berlin Wall or the collapse of Lehman Brothers - sent shockwaves racing around the globe and provoked profound but previously unimaginable changes in the way we live and think.

COVID-19 is the latest in this long line of seismic shifts to shatter our preconceptions about our futures. Just as it has destroyed lives, disrupted markets and exposed the incompetence of governments, it inevitably will reorder society and lead to permanent changes in political and economic power. 

But the crisis concurrently presents unexpected opportunities: more sophisticated and flexible use of technology, a new commitment to battling climate change, a realignment of the global order, renewed appreciation of personal responsibility, a reduction in materialism as well as fresh gratitude for the joys of rural lifestyles and other simple pleasures. 

To help us make sense of these history shaping prospects, the symposium will be headlined by trio of prescient savants:

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley, a historian and author of more than a dozen best-selling books on myriad social and cultural trends. A Rice University professor, he is a noted student of the presidency and international relations, a CNN commentator and a Vanity Fair contributing editor as well as a prominent spokesperson on conservation issues.

The winner of two Pulitzer prizes including 
one for his coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof grew up on an Oregon sheep and cherry farm, covered economics and presidential politics for the paper and is renowned for giving, as the Pulitzer committee noted, “voice to the voiceless.” 

Celebrated as a renaissance thinker, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is an oncologist and bioethicist, a leader in crafting national COVID-19 policy, a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy research and advocacy organization.

The symposium, which begins at 3 p.m. on May 17 and runs 90 minutes, will be live streamed, allowing anyone with any internet-connected device to participate and ask questions. 

Tickets are $25 and require advance registration, where participants can leave a question for the panelists. On the day of the event, registrants will be sent a link to the live stream and a private password to the channel.

Net proceeds benefit:

  • American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund- addressing emerging needs of nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
  • Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc. - helping members of the Litchfield County Community and beyond find access to compassionate and high-quality mental health and related care.
  • New Milford Hospital - helping to secure the latest technology, attract the best medical staff and provide the compassionate, patient-centered care for which they are nationally recognized. 
  • Susan B. Anthony Project - promoting safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.


  • $25 - Individual tickets.
  • $125 - 2020 Season Pass: Save big and receive access to all events (six to eight this season)

We look forward to seeing you!