ABOUT CONVERSATIONS ON THE GREEN
Conversations On the Green (COG), brings nationally recognized voices and artists to the pine-crowned Litchfield hills, supporting a mission to educate (and invigorate) the community through discussion of the country’s most provocative issues and ideas.
COGs are interactive, Town Hall style forums allowing both the speakers and the audience to share experiences, perspectives and insights in an effort to build an ongoing conversation that strengthens community bonds.
Proceeds from each conversation are donated to our beneficiaries, local charities working with the most vulnerable residents of our county. Our Conversations are crafted with an intent towards attracting a diverse audience, offering education through discourse, creating curiosity, and subsequent action within our community and beyond.
The series is tied to current events. But it transcends conventional boundaries to examine historical, political, social and ethical perspectives and, cross pollinate diverse but interrelated ideas. Most years, it also includes a “Special Event,” a family-friendly community celebration designed to dazzle and amaze, divert and entertain. Past participants have been a distinguished group of writers, historians, scientists, analysts, theologians, et al. Representing a broad spectrum of views and opinions, they have included, among others: Linda Greenhouse, the noted Supreme Court observer from the New York Times; Chris Hayes of MSNBC, David Stockman, the Reagan Administration’s budget director, Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, a former assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who shared the stage with his daughter, Katrina, the editor of The Nation; Nicolle Wallace, former chief of communications for President George W. Bush; E.J. Dionne, the Washington Post columnist; Jonathan Alter, the historian and political analyst; and Oz Pearlman, the astounding magician of the mind.
Jane Whitney, Moderator
During her 25-year career in television, Jane Whitney was a correspondent for NBC News based in Central America and a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight." Ms. Whitney also anchored broadcasts for PBS, CNN and CNBC. Finally, she was dubbed a "recovering talk show host" by New York times columnist Maureen Dowd after she hosted the Warner Bros. nationally syndicated TV program "The Jane Whitney Show." Her political columns and social commentaries have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and The New York Observer.