Michael E. Hill in conversation with Krista Tippett(Note: This biography was up-to-date as of the date of the lecture. Biographies are not updated over time.)
Krista Tippett, Host, “On Being”
Founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” and curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater.
A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project.
Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014.
Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Michael E. Hill 18th President, Chautauqua Institution
Michael E. Hill began his work as 18th President of Chautauqua Institution on Jan. 1, 2017, and immediately set about ushering in a fresh, expanded vision for the 145-year-old Institution, with emphasis on building its brand and thought leadership with a focus on expanding civil dialogue in the nation, an evolution to year-round programming, and engagement beyond Chautauqua's physical grounds.
Prior to his appointment at Chautauqua, Hill served as president and chief executive officer of Youth For Understanding USA, dramatically expanding and diversifying programs. He co-led a historic civil rights trip to Cuba with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Mariela Castro, two weeks before diplomatic relations were restored between the U.S. and the island nation.
Prior to joining YFU, he served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs for United Cerebral Palsy, and led national development, communications and volunteer efforts for Washington National Cathedral as Executive Director for External Relations and held a similar role at The Washington Ballet. He also directed a $125 million effort to expand the historic Arena Stage, and served as executive director of St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Hill holds a bachelor’s in journalism from St. Bonaventure and a master’s in arts and cultural management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.