Hamptons Institute

Alec Baldwin, Naomi Oreskes, Alex Soros, Rhea Suh, David Rattray by Richard Lewin 2017

Hamptons Institute invites the public into a conversation on something that matters. Led by various academics, creatives, and community leaders, each conversation questions today’s social-political concerns, focusing on cultivating values-based and purpose-driven civic participation.

Hamptons Institute will return in the Summer of 2024.




Hamptons Institute: The Youth Climate Movement Could Save the Planet
August 5, 2019
Produced by Tracy Marshall and Sheraton Kalouria
The youth shall inherit the earth…and they plan to take care of it. The growing youth activist movement has continued to expand across the world, and politicians are taking notice. Our panel will address the latest science and focus on the young people around the globe that are taking action and impacting change.This panel will open up with a discussion with Alexandria and Jerome, our youth activists who will set the stage and share their experiences and how they were moved to action. Michael and Gordian will join them afterward to address the science and renewable energy solutions. We will close the discussion with a town hall style discussion featuring young local activists led by Jerome. The mission is to educate and raise awareness about how people can become involved in local and national efforts.
Alexandria Villaseñor, a Co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising
Jerome Foster II, student of Washington Leadership Academy, founder of TAU VR
Dr. Michael Mann, Director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State University
Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island
Jessy Tolkan, Chief Campaigns Officer and Executive Director of Purpose Labs
Hamptons Institute: Defining America: Beyond Immigration
August 12, 2019
Produced by Tracy Marshall and Sheraton KalouriaPanelists:
Minerva Perez, Sag Harbor Person of the Year and Executive Director of Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (OLA)
Sandra Dunn, Associate Director of Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (OLA)
Carlos Sandoval, Filmmaker and Writer
Carlo Albán, Actor
Moderated by April Gornik
While the national news and federal government depict immigration from Latin America as a “border crisis,” immigrants on the East End struggle to navigate changing federal policies while making tremendous contributions to our local community and economy.Our panel of activists and artists will guide us through a conversation exploring how art leads us back to our humanity and is key to shifting the narrative about immigration.
Mientras las noticias nacionales describen la inmigración de Latinoamérica como una “crisis fronteriza”, los inmigrantes del East End luchan para navegar las cambiantes políticas federales mientras hacen tremendas contribuciones a nuestra comunidad y economía.Nuestro panel de activistas y artistas nos guiará en una conversación que explore cómo el arte nos lleva a conectar de nuevo con nuestra humanidad y cómo es central a cambiar la narrativa sobre la inmigración.This panel will be offered with simultaneous interpretation available, please contact OLA to reserve a headset: 631-899-3441Se proporcionará interpretación simultánea en español para que todos puedan participar en la conversación. Por favor, llame a OLA para reservar sus auriculares: 631-899-3441
Hamptons Institute: The Future of Women in Leadership
August 19, 2019
Produced by Tracy Marshall and Sheraton KalouriaPanelists:
Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York
Brette McSweeney, President of Eleanor’s Legacy
Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assembly
Taylor Darling, New York State Assembly
Avery Reed, Student Activist
The 2018 midterm elections were a watershed for women in politics, as more women were elected to Congress than ever before. The trend continues with record number of women throwing their hats into the ring for 2020. We will discuss the challenges faced by female candidates, the movements that have supported their efforts, and benefits to this positive shift in the balance of power.

2018 Hamptons Institute! Producers Alec Baldwin and Tracy Marshall are committed to compelling, insightful, and balanced conversations by top experts in their fields. Join Alec Baldwin and expert panelists on three Mondays in August at 7pm for lively discussions about the social, cultural, environmental and political impact of these current issues and movements in our communities.

2018 Hamptons Institute: Plastics Pollution
August 6, 2018
Plastics Pollution: Every minute a garbage truck full of plastics is dumped in the oceans around the world. Our panel will review the current situation and enlighten us on what we can do now to reverse the tide on this increasing threat to our waterways.
Alec Baldwin, Moderator
Dr. Barbara Hendrie, Director, North America-UN Environment
Dune Ives, Director, Lonely Whale
Tierney Thys, PhD, Marine Biologist, Science Educator, and National Geographic explorerWe are excited to announce our thought-provoking

2018 Hamptons Institute: The #MeToo Movement
August 13, 2018

#MeToo: We Are All Accountable
Despite the near daily headlines, the #MeToo movement is far from universal. Countless sexual assault cases go unheard largely due to the lack of access to services and support and a society that still protects the perpetrators.Our panel will explore the importance of community responsibility and the cultural and societal shifts that must occur in order for sustainable change to happen.Our panelists bring an extraordinary breadth of personal and professional experience: Torah Bontrager, raised Amish, author, and sexual assault survivor, Torah escaped at 15.  She recently founded the nonprofit, The Amish Heritage Foundation, which advocates for the rights of woman and children and educates on Amish issues.Don McPherson is an activist, feminist, and College Football Hall-of-Famer.  He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America. Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls.  Her latest film Roll, Red Roll chronicles the Steubenvile High School rape case.

2018 Hamptons Institute: The Opioid Epidemic
August 20, 2018

Opioid Epidemic: Deaths from opioid overdoses have surpassed car accident fatalities in the United States.  We are in the midst of a crisis. Our thoughtful panel will help us better understand the facts about the epidemic and offer solutions on how to address this critical issue from a personal, local and national perspective.

Elizabeth Vargas, Author & Journalist
Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, Founder of S.A.F.E.
Dr. Joseph Garbely, D.O., FASAM, Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers
Patrick Radden Keefe, Staff Writer, The New Yorker


2017 Hamptons Institute: The New Normal in News: Ideology vs Fact

Panel Discussion moderated by Alec Baldwin featuring panelists Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now! with Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Dean Emeritus Columbia Journalism School and Bob Garfield, Host, NPR’s On the Media.

Program produced by Alec Baldwin and Tracy Marshall

2017 Hamptons Institute: The Trump Presidency & the Constitution

Jeffrey Rosen, President of the Constitution Center in conversation with Professor Michael J. Klarman, a Kirkland and Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School.

Program produced by Alec Baldwin and Tracy Marshall

2017 Hamptons Institute: Climate Change in a New “Environment”

Panel Discussion moderated by: David Rattray, Editor, East Hampton Star with Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Alex Soros, Founder of the Alexander Soros Foundation, and Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Program produced by Alec Baldwin and Tracy Marshall