The Ninth

Guest List

Adrian Kozakiewicz: a 19-year-old German insect breeder who is known for breeding mantises. He frequently posts photos and videos of his work on his Instagram which has has over 136,000 followers.

Florence “See See” Rigney: a 91-year-old nurse who has been on the job for 70 years. Ms. Rigney displays a remarkable level of compassion and dedication to her job and her patients.

Anonymous: the founder of The Vintage News, a media platform for sharing stories about history, including natural and human history. The Vintage News seems aloof, not listing the name of members of the team on their website. Nonetheless, I think the founder would be a wonderful addition to a HDP. (So, if you know who this individual is, let them know Hypothetical Dinner Parties thinks he or she has founded something remarkable.)

Stacey Cohen: the President and CEO of public relations and marketing firm Co-Communications. Her contributions to the industries of PR and marketing cannot go unnoticed. Her firm, based in Mount Kisco of Westchester County, emphasizes a collaborative relationship with clients and among employees. A brief biography about Ms. Cohen from The Inside Press describes how she founded Co-Communications and grown it.

Lu Keran: a member of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

An Junxi: a member of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

Peng Xichen: a member of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

Min Junqian: a member of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

Lin Fan: a member of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

Zhou Xiaobai: the agent of Acrush, a Chinese “boy band” comprised of five androgynous girls. As quoted in a Quartz article, Acrush agent Zhou Xiaobai stated that the band is “[a] group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green: the founder of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation and the first person to successfully cure cancer using nanoparticles. Dr. Green decided to dedicate her life to finding a cure for cancer after she lost her aunt and uncle to the disease. According to an NBC News article, her research in laser technology led her to develop a “laser technology that uses nanoparticles to destroy cancer cells. This way the healthy cells wouldn’t be affected by the treatment.” Dr. Green wishes to make the treatment affordable. In fact, the mission of the foundation, stated on the website, is: “To change the way cancer is treated and reduce human suffering by providing cancer care that is accessible, affordable and effective.”

Thoughts:

How would the conversation change with Mr. Kozakiewicz? Would he bring some of his insects to dinner?

The founder of The Vintage News might have interesting insights. Would he or she happen to know anything about the study of ancient insects? Would he or she discuss androgyny in past decades, like in the flapper style? Surely, the person who created The Vintage News has a wealth of knowledge, some of which is probably random but fascinating and some which is unexpectedly relevant. How can the roles of the other guests connect to events and topics in history?

The interaction between Zhou Xiaobai and Stacey Cohen would be unique, since they work in the business of representing others. The cross-cultural exchange would be of particular interest and language and culture barriers are something to keep in consideration when envision the HDP.

Dr. Green would most certainly have a substantial contribution to the conversations. Countless people, across the globe, suffered, suffer, or know someone who suffered or is suffering from cancer. There must be at least a few people on the guest list who would be greatly impacted by the presence of Dr. Green. Would it give them hope to learn of her research and innovations? Would Ms. Rigney share her experiences with cancer patients as a nurse?

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