Edward J. Perkins, now retired as a U.S. Ambassador, is William J. Crowe Professor of Geopolitics and Executive Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.
Award-winning journalist Connie Cronley is the author of two previous collections of essays, Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off and Light and Variable: A Year of Celebrations, Holidays, Recipes, and Emily Dickinson, and the collaborating author of Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace, a memoir by Edward J. Perkins.
George P. Shultz is former Secretary of State of the United States.
A Rhodes Scholar, David Boren is President of the University of Oklahoma. A former governor of Oklahoma, he served as U.S. Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 to 1994 and chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987 to 1993.