We’ll be launching our incredible line-up of speakers week by week over the course of the summer. Keep checking back to see who’ll be joining our international cast or follow us on twitter for updates.

Today, we’re delighted to announce our first batch of speakers for this year’s symposium:


Stephanie McCrummen

John Pilger

Molly Crabapple

Angela Nagle

Renzo Martens

Iona Craig

Gabriella Coleman

Stefania Maurizi

Eric Olson

Muhammad Rabbani



Stephanie McCrummen is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post. She was a leading member of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for coverage of the U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, which included exposing an attempted sting aimed at undermining the work. That coverage also won a George Polk award for Political Reporting and the Robin Toner Prize for National Reporting. Stephanie has also won national awards for long-form narratives including An American Void, about the people who hosted the mass killer Dylann Roof, and others concerning mental illness. Prior to joining the national staff, she was the paper’s East Africa bureau chief. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and lives in Washington, D.C.

John Pilger, renowned war reporter, film-maker and author, is one of two to win British journalism’s highest award twice. For his documentary films, he has won an American TV academy award, an Emmy and a British BAFTA. His epic 1979 Cambodia Year Zero is ranked by the British Film Institute as one of the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. His latest film is The Coming War on China.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, was published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.

Angela Nagle is an essayist for The Atlantic, Jacobin and The Baffler. Her best selling book Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right was voted one of the Guardian’s books of the year in 2017 by novelist George Saunders. Slavoj Zizek called it a “dynamite stick packaged as a short book” and she has been praised in the LA Review of Books as “one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers and thinkers who have declared their independence from intellectual conformity”.

Renzo Martens is a Dutch artist and filmmaker and currently serves as director of the Institute for Human Activities, which runs an arts-based development program in Democratic Republic of Congo. In his first film, Episode 1, Renzo travels to Chechnya to adopt a rarely defined role in contemporary war: that of its spectator. Episode 3, also known as Enjoy Poverty, is a meditation on the political claims of contemporary art and the result of Renzo’s two-year journey in the Congo. In 2013 the artist attended the Yale World Fellow Program, the signature leadership program of Yale University which aims to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to positive change through dialog and action. Martens is currently working on a PhD in the arts at the School of Arts in Ghent.

Iona Craig is a freelance print and broadcast journalist. Based in Yemen from 2010 to 2015 as The Times (London) Yemen correspondent she regularly returns to the country to cover the ongoing civil war. She has won multiple awards for her reporting on the most tumultuous period in Yemen’s modern history, including the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism and the 2014 Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting. During her time in Yemen she has contributed to more than 20 media outlets worldwide including The Intercept, The Irish Times, the BBC, Channel 4 News (UK), RTÉ (Ireland) and The Independent.

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, her scholarship explores the intersection of the cultures of hacking and politics, with a focus on the sociopolitical implications of the free software movement and the digital protest ensemble Anonymous. She has authored two books, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, which was named to Kirkus Reviews’Best Books of 2014 and was awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize by the American Anthropological Association. Her work has been featured in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes. Committed to public ethnography, she routinely presents her work to diverse audiences, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and has written for popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Slate, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic.

Stefania Maurizi works for the Italian daily la Repubblica as an investigative journalist, after ten years working for the Italian newsmagazine l’Espresso. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents, and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden files about Italy. She has also interviewed A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb, revealed the condolence payment agreement between the US government and the family of the Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto killed in a US drone strike, and investigated the harsh working conditions of Pakistani workers in a major Italian garment factory in Karachi. She has started a multi-jurisdictional FOIA litigation effort to defend the right of the press to access the full set of documents on the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks cases. She authored two books: Dossier WikiLeaks. Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie, the latter translated into Japanese.

Eric Olson is the leading voice in Errol Morris’ 2018 docudrama miniseries Wormwood. Eric is the son of Frank Olson, an American biological warfare scientist and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1953. Nine days after Olson was covertly dosed with LSD by his CIA supervisor as part of Project MKUltra, he plunged to his death from the window of a hotel room in New York City. His death was initially regarded as a suicide, but subsequent investigations by Eric and others have raised questions of a coverup of an alleged murder. Eric has dedicated his life to investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding his fathers death, exposing several of the CIA’s Cold War era programmes. In 1976 the Olson family received a financial settlement from Congress, after receiving an apology on behalf of the federal government from President Gerald Ford.

Muhammad Rabbani is the International Director of CAGE. He was the Managing Director of CAGE for 4 years and has been the International Director for the last two years. As part of his role he has been instrumental in bringing to light abuses of torture and human rights violations, seeking justice and accountability for victims of such abuses. Rabbani has spent his life committed to promoting the welfare of his community and upholding the fundamental principles of due process and the rule of law. He worked within his community mediating between gangs to end cycles of violence and reach peaceful solutions to the issues they were raising. He has consistently maintained and promoted the use of dialogue as a means of bringing conflicts to an end.