Five talks you don't want to miss at the Women in the World Summit

Pussy Riot share a bill with a former POTUS at Tina Brown's star-studded, hard-hitting conference

Women in the World Summit 2012

Women in the World Summit 2012 Photograph: Marc Bryan-Brown/Women in the World

Every year Tina Brown gathers celebrities, intellectuals and all-around ass-kickers for her Women in the World Summit. The three-day series of panel discussions, talks and performances launches tonight; here are five good reasons to get your butt over to Lincoln Center for it (and if you can't, tune in to the live stream starting at 6:30pm tonight).

Hillary Clinton with Christine Lagarde
The former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate joins the managing director of the International Monetary Fund for a discussion on women, work and the global economy. Apr 3

President Jimmy Carter
Ahead of his new book, A Call to Action, the former President speaks with journalist Katie Couric about what he perceives to be one of the world’s gravest violations of human rights: injustice to women and girls. Apr 4

Pussy Riot
Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of the infamous feminist punk group speak with PBS anchor Charlie Rose about their opposition to president Vladimir Putin’s policies and their crusade for Russian penal reform. Apr 4

Jon Stewart
The Daily Show host moderates a discussion on whether the Arab Spring improved women’s rights in the Middle East, with Oscar-nominated director of The Square Jehane Noujaim, Yemen Times editor-in-chief Nadia al-Sakkaf and others. Apr 4

Sarah and Susan Silverman
The comedian, known for her no-holds-barred take on taboo topics like religion and porn, is joined by an Israel-based rabbi—who also happens to be her sister. Hear how they arrived at such different careers but still inspire each other. Apr 4

David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd St (212-496-0600, Apr 3–5; various times, visit the website for details. Day pass from $119, three-day pass from $499.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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