Pro Vita 2013 Speakers
Ryan Lizza ’92
Ryan Lizza, Berkshire School Class of '92, is a CNN contributor and the Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, where he covers the White House and writes the magazine's "Letter From Washington" column. Ryan has been covering U.S. politics since the 1990s and according the the Leigh Bureau, his deep understanding of DC policy-making, his intelligent rendering of the politicians and their behind-the-scenes Beltway machinations, make him one of the country’s most eagerly read and sought-after journalists.
Ryan will be sharing his insight on President Obama and the election of 2012 with a perspective on the rising power of the younger electorate. He will also draw upon his own intellectual journey which took him from the classrooms of Berkshire Hall to the University of California, Berkeley to the editorial offices of some of the most respected magazines in the world.
Amber Tamblyn has been a writer and actress since the age of 9. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award and most recently appeared in Fox’s television show “House” and in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed film, “127 Hours.” Amber is most recognized for her work as Joan on the CBS television program “Joan of Arcadia.” Amber’s first published poem “Kill Me So Much” appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle when she was 12. Her debut collection of poetry Free Stallion, written over more than a decade, won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006. Her work has since been published in New York Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Interview and others.
Amber is the Executive Producer of The Drums Inside Your Chest, an annual poetry concert that showcases outstanding contemporary poets. Her second book of poetry and prose, Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) was an Independent Best Seller. She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust magazine. Amber will share some of her poetry along with her journey of self-discovery.