Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books: "The Shell Collector", "About Grace", and "Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World". In this moving story ("Butterflies on a Wheel"), the award-winning writer shares a chance encounter between migrants in western Wyoming.
Robert Guest is a Washington correspondent and the Lexington columnist for The Economist, covering American news and politics. Despite some predictions otherwise, Guest suggests that America is uniquely positioned to continue as the world's leading superpower thanks to its unparalleled ability to attract working immigrants from around the world.
Hailed by The Australian as the country’s best modern dance company, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of site-specific installations and interactive sound and light technologies. Obarzanek's avant-garde performances explore the tensions between the rational world we live in and richness of our imagination.
First inspired by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of a caterpillar’s crawl, artist Reuben Margolin creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to recreate the complex movements and structures we see in nature. Margolin takes to the PopTech stage to share some of his extraordinary mechanical installations.
According to Steve Barr, the fastest way to fix education in America would be to make private schools illegal. As the founder of Green Dot Public Schools, Barr is devoted to improving public education in blighted cities. His efforts have transformed high schools across Los Angeles into charter schools that send nearly 80% of students to college.