Sarah Lewis, scholar, curator and writer, served on President Barrack Obama's Arts Policy Committee, has been featured on Oprah's Power List, and works closely with notable artists at the Museum of Modern Art. She serves on the faculty at Yale University's MFA program. (See accompanying titled "Author Sarah Lewis will open the 2014 Sundance Author Series")

"The Rise" empowers us to not only talk about our past mistakes and failures, but in fact to embrace them and revel in them, for they are the beginning of new insight and understanding that gives way to discovery and innovation.

June 21 - Eric Schlosser, "Command and Control, Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety" Eric Schlosser, first appeared at Sundance Resort in 2007 to discuss his bestselling book about the food industry, "Fast Food Nation." The investigative journalist now explores in riveting fashion the management of the U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons, revealing stunning information on accidents and near misses that are the dilemma of the nuclear age. Schlosser spent seven years researching the book and discovered case after case of mistakes and accidents that could have resulted in nuclear disasters.

In "Command and Control," Schlosser reveals such near nuclear disasters as a B-52 flying over North Carolina that accidentally dropped a missile because of the failure of more than one of its safety mechanisms and destroyed a house and how a falling socket from a serviceman's wrench in Damascus, Arkansas, punctured the skin of a Titan II missile, which could have resulted in an explosion of enough magnitude to destroy the state.

Schlosser started his career as a journalist at the Atlantic Monthly in Boston and won the National Magazine Award for this two part series "Reefer Madness" and "Marijuana and the Law." His work as appeared in such notable publications as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The Nation. He has also written best sellers, "Fast Food Nation" and "Reefer Madness."

Oct. 25 - David Sheff, "Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy"

One of the most pervasive issues of our time is the issue of addiction. Often misunderstood and treated as a moral failing rather than as a disease, addiction confounds and disturbs us. David Sheff sheds light into the shadows of addiction in his insightful and thought-provoking book.

There are currently 20 million addicts in America; 80 percent of teens in America experiment with drugs, and 10 percent become addicts. In "Clean," Sheff goes beyond the popular methods of approaching drug addiction that focuses on behavior and instead focuses on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and medicine.

Sheff is the author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling memoir "Beautiful Boy, A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" that chronicled his son's struggle with addiction and how it impacted his family. Sheff's other books include "Game Over," "China Dawn" and "All We Are Saying." His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired and Fortune. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California. For more information, visit sundanceresort.com.