TIME100 Talks, an ongoing series of virtual conversations and experiences that convenes members of the TIME 100 community along with global leaders and experts from different fields to spotlight solutions to urgent global problems, launched in April with an installment that featured a number of speakers who addressed the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Each week, TIME will add new virtual events that bring together different parts of the TIME 100 community, and feature conversations with leaders across multiple disciplines and various themes. So far, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, filmmaker Angelina Jolie, singer John Legend and chef José Andrés have participated in the event series. Speakers and topics for future TIME100 talks will continue to be announced, and videos from each event can be seen below.
Leadership During Crisis
May 28, 2020
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Dolly Party and CEO and founder of Last Mile Health Dr. Raj Panjabi joined in discussions about how to lead through the coronavirus pandemic, whether it be in government, public health or by example.
Equality in the Age of COVID-19
May 21, 2020
The TIME 100: Talks Finding Hope — Equality in the Age of COVID-19 event brought together leaders to speak on a range of issues, from how the pandemic has impacted domestic and migrant workers to the importance of access to safe water. Speakers included Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, politician Stacey Abrams, actor Matt Damon, emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, activists Ai-Jen Poo and Mónica Ramírez, social entrepreneur Gary White and actor and singer Ben Platt.
May 12, 2020
In a conversation with TIME’s senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner acknowledged a “risk” in President Donald Trump’s push to reopen the U.S. economy and send people back to work, potentially threatening their lives.
“There’s risk in anything, but the President carries the burden of the 30 million Americans who have lost their jobs due to this historic effort to save lives,” Kushner said.
Christian Siriano and Dr. Pardis Sabeti
May 8, 2020
Fashion designer Christian Siriano and Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a professor at Harvard University’s Center for Systems Biology, each joined TIME100 Talks to discuss changes in work and finding hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively.
Siriano, who has been lauded for turning his Manhattan fashion studio into a mask factory to provide protection to frontline workers in New York City, said he anticipates making protective gear for at least the next six months.
“I don’t think that fashion will mean the same thing after this,” he said. “We still need fantasy and dreams and those things to escape, but I think it will just be different. It will need to be more meaningful and whatever that is, I’m not sure yet, but it’s definitely how I’m designing now, I’m thinking about it.”
Sabeti, known for studying infectious diseases as they spread, told TIME that while finding a vaccine for the coronavirus will require a long period of time, efforts to understand the outbreak of SARS-COV-2 have sped up, thanks to more collaboration between scientists and technological advancements in tools.
April 29, 2020
Celebrity chef José Andrés joined TIME100 Talks to discuss issues of food access during the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the federal government to work with private companies to prevent food waste.
April 23, 2020
TIME 100 Talks: Finding Hope marked TIME’s launch of the event series. Featured speakers included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Angelina Jolie, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, the singer John Legend, journalist Katie Couric, physician and public health advocate Dr. Leana Wen, epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, artist and photographer JR and president of the Rockefeller Foundation Rajiv J. Shah.