In this live panel discussion, artist and activist Ai Weiwei met Human Rights Watch CEO Kenneth Roth and New York Times Pentagon correspondent Helene Cooper to explore how creativity can address global crises.
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Ai Weiwei, born 28 August 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai collaborated with architects Herzog & de Meuron as consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights.
Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world.
Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor, before becoming diplomatic correspondent in 2006 and White House correspondent in 2009. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, as well as Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.