Five distinguished panelists confronted these daunting questions during Elon University's Convocation for Honors on April 7, 2011. Moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor and Elon parent Brian Williams, the discussion inspired students to consider their roles in overcoming major issues facing America: rising national debt, political gridlock, complex energy and environmental problems, religious intolerance and an ailing educational system. Join the conversation! Please visit the links below and leave your comments and ideas on each topic, using the form at the bottom of each page.
Anchor and managing editor, NBCNightly News
CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser; director, Harvard University Center for Public Leadership
President/CEO Comeback America Initiative; former U.S. Comptroller General
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; former chair, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
President, Interfaith Youth Core; author and journalist
Co-founder, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP charter schools)