Keynote Speakers

David Shipler


Born Dec. 3, 1942. Grew up in Chatham, N.J. Married with three children. Graduated from Dartmouth in 1964. Served in U.S. Navy as officer on a destroyer, 1964-66. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Former Foreign
 Correspondent of The New York Times, 
Writes online at The Shipler Report,

Joined The New York Times as a news clerk in 1966. Promoted to city staff reporter, 1968. Covered housing, poverty, politics. Won awards from the American Political Science Association, the New York Newspaper Guild, and elsewhere.

From 1973-75 served as a New York Times correspondent in Saigon, covering South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Reported also from Burma.

Spent a semester in 1975 at the Russian Institute of Columbia U. studying Russian language and Soviet politics, economics and history to prepare for assignment in Moscow. Correspondent in Moscow Bureau for four years, 1975-79; Moscow Bureau Chief from 1977-79. Wrote the best-seller Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, published in 1983, updated in 1989, which won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1983 as the best book that year on foreign affairs.

From 1979-84, served as Bureau Chief of The New York Times in Jerusalem. Was co-recipient (with Thomas Friedman) of the 1983 George Polk Award for covering Lebanon War. Spent a year, 1984-85, as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington to write Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, which explores the mutual perceptions and relationships between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the West Bank. The book won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and was extensively revised and updated in 2002. Was executive producer, writer and narrator of a two-hour PBS documentary on Arab and Jew, which won a 1990 Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism, and of a one-hour film, Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land, which aired on PBS in August 2002.

Served as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times until 1988. From 1988-90 was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing on transitions to democracy in Russia and Eastern Europe for The New Yorker and other publications.

His book A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, based on five years of research into stereotyping and interactions across racial lines, was published in 1997. One of three authors invited by President Clinton to participate in his first town meeting on race. His book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, was a national best-seller in 2004 and 2005. It was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award. It won an Outstanding Book Award from The Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at Simmons College and led to awards from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the New York Labor Communications Council, and the D.C. Employment Justice Center. He has written two books on civil liberties, the first published in 2011 (The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties) and the second scheduled in 2012.

Shipler has received a Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth and the following honorary degrees: Doctor of Letters from Middlebury College and Glassboro State College (N.J.), Doctor of Laws from Birmingham-Southern College, and Master of Arts from Dartmouth College, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2003. Member of the Pulitzer jury for general nonfiction in 2008, chair in 2009. Has taught at Princeton and American University, as writer-in-residence at U. of Southern California, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on about fifteen campuses, and a Montgomery Fellow and Visiting Professor of Government at Dartmouth.

Harriet Phillips

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Harriet Phillips career began in government as an administrative aide for Arkansas Governor Dale Bumpers shortly after receiving her political science degree from the University of Arkansas. She then entered the private sector, serving in a management role for Southwestern Bell and later as the Vice President of Human Relations for a grocery-store chain.

In 1989, Phillips returned to her alma matter in a role that allowed her to lend her skills in communications, problem solving and team-building training to companies throughout the state. A Missouri native, she then spent time in development for Oklahoma State University's athletic department. Shortly after though, she was back in Arkansas and management working on Mike Beebe's successful run for governor. Since his election, she has served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff. She also acts as the Governor's liaison to the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign. Her passion for solving childhood hunger contributed to Arkansas receiving the State Partner Leadership Award from Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading hunger-relief organizations.

In her spare time, Phillips enjoys gardening and doting on her two dachshunds, Charlie and Boots.

Craig Gunderson


Craig Gundersen is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois and Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Feeding America and is the lead researcher on the Map the Meal Gap project. Previously, he was at the Economic Research Service of the USDA and at Iowa State University.

Gundersen's research is primarily focused on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on evaluations of food assistance programs. Among other journals, he has published in Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Econometrics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Nutrition, Pediatrics, Demography, Obesity Reviews, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and American Journal of Public Health. His work has been supported by over $10 million in external funding from various government and non-government sources.

Kori Reed


Kori Reed is vice president, Cause and Foundation, at ConAgra Foods, one of North America's leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America's household, including Healthy Choice, Hunt's, Orville Redenbacher's and more. In this role she is responsible for integrating the company's cause of fighting child hunger across the company, from philanthropy and employee engagement to product donations and cause-related marketing activities.

Reed joined the company's Corporate Responsibility team in April 2006 as Executive Director of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. Under her leadership, the ConAgra Foods Foundation embarked on a strategic planning process that today plan guides the company's philanthropic giving strategy, which is focused on two core areas, child hunger and nutrition education..