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November 2018

Venki Ramakrishnan with Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

November 9
Ashburn VA Ashburn United States
Venki Ramakrishnan

Venki Ramakrishnan shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for uncovering the structure of the ribosome. He is a senior scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, and also the president of the Royal Society in London. About Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome A Nobel Prize–winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology’s most important molecule. Everyone has heard of DNA. But…

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David A. Kaplan with The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution

November 13

David A. Kaplan was a senior editor and legal affairs correspondent at Newsweek for 20 years; while there, he wrote 24 cover stories on the court and other topics. Later he was a contributing editor at Fortune, where he wrote long-form profiles of Charlie Rose, Howard Schultz, David Geffin, and David Boies, among others. He is the author of the national bestseller The Silicon Boys; an account of the 2000 presidential election, The Accidental President (on which the HBO feature film…

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

November 15
Reston VA Reston United States

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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Richard Rhodes with Energy: A Human History

November 27

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Appearing as host and correspondent for documentaries on public television’s Frontline and American Experience series, he has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard and…

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Dan Pink with When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (A Bridge Builder Event)

November 30

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books about the changing world of work -- including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Pink's most recent book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal Business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. In 2013, Thinkers…

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December 2018

Andrei Shleifer with A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility

December 3

Andrei Shleifer is professor of economics at Harvard University. His books include Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance and The Grabbing Hand: Government Pathologies and Their Cures. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts. About A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility  How investor expectations move markets and the economy The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 caught markets and regulators by surprise. Although the government rushed to rescue other financial institutions from a similar fate after Lehman, it could not prevent…

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Michele Gelfand with Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

December 4
Reston VA Reston United States

Michele Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her pioneering research into cultural norms has been cited thousands of times in the press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Science, and on NPR. The recipient of numerous awards, she is a past president of the International Association for Conflict Management. About Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World In Rule Makers,…

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David Quammen with The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

December 5
Ashburn VA Ashburn United States

David Quammen’s fifteen books include The Tangled Tree, The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, and Powder, among other magazines, and is a contributing writer for National Geographic. He wrote the entire text of the May 2016 issue of National Geographic on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem—the first time in the history of the magazine that an issue was single-authored. Quammen shares…

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Steven Pearlstein with Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor (Programs with a Purpose)

December 6

Steven Pearlstein is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and the Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2008 for columns anticipating and explaining the financial crisis and global economic downturn. In 2006 he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for business and financial commentary, and five years later the Loeb Award for lifetime achievement. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on television and radio. He is the…

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Felice Frankel with Picturing Science and Engineering

December 11
Reston VA Reston United States

Felice C. Frankel is an award-winning science photographer whose photographs have appeared in many publications. A research scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, she is the author of Envisioning Science (MIT Press), No Small Matter (with G. M. Whitesides), On the Surface of Things (with G. M. Whitesides), and Visual Strategies (with Angela H. DePace). About Picturing Science and Engineering A guide to making scientific photographs for presentations, journal submissions, and covers, featuring step-by-step instructions and case…

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