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November 2019

Melanie Mitchell with Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

November 18

Melanie Mitchell has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the cognitive scientist and writer Douglas Hofstadter; together, they created the Copycat program, which makes creative analogies in an idealized world. The author or editor of five books and numerous scholarly papers, she is currently professor of computer science at Portland State University and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. About Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans  No recent scientific enterprise has…

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Reginald Dwayne Betts with Felon: Poems – a Bridge Builder Event

November 20

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, essayist, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice. He writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Felon, Bastards of the Reagan Era, and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, as well as a memoir, A Question of Freedom. A graduate of Yale Law School, he lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and their two sons. About Felon:…

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David J. Silverman with This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

November 22

David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of Thundersticks, Red Brethren, Ninigret, and Faith and Boundaries. His essays have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the New York Academy of History. He lives in Philadelphia. About This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Ahead of the 400th anniversary of…

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December 2019

Susan Hockfield with The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

December 3

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., president emerita and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first woman and first life scientist to lead MIT. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. About The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution  From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution, and how it will change our lives. A century ago, discoveries…

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John Maeda with How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us

December 3

John Maeda is an American technologist, designer, engineer, artist, investor, author, and teacher. He was recently appointed Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, the technology marketing consulting and delivery arm of communications conglomerate Publicis. He has held positions with Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, led research at the MIT Media Lab, and served as president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Named as one of the 75 most influential people of the…

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David Edwards with Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last

December 3

David Edwards is a creator, writer, and educator. He teaches at Harvard University and is founder of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France and Cambridge, MA. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been featured prominently in the international media, and is at the core of the international artscience movement. He lives with his wife and their three sons in Boston. About Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last Most things we create will not matter.…

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Jennifer Brown with How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

December 4

Jennifer Brown is the founder, president, and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and the host of The Will to Change podcast, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion. Brown's workplace strategies have been employed by top Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. As a successful LGBT entrepreneur, Brown has been featured by media such as the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, HuffPost Live, CBS, Fox News, and many more. About How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role…

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Heather Boushey with Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do about It

December 4

Heather Boushey is the President & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, which was launched in 2013. She is one of the nation’s most influential voices on economic policy and a leading economist who focuses on the intersection between economic inequality, growth, and public policy. Her forthcoming book, Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It (Harvard University Press) will be released in October 2019. She is also the author of Finding…

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Kathryn Sullivan with Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

December 5

Kathryn D. Sullivan is a NASA astronaut (retired), former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and an inductee in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. About Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe.…

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Kathryn Sullivan with Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

December 5

Kathryn D. Sullivan is a NASA astronaut (retired), former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and an inductee in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. About Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe.…

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