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Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good

Dilip V. Jeste, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging; Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego; Co-Director of the UCSD-IBM Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

Howard C. Nusbaum, Ph.D.

Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and Director/Founder of the Center for Practical Wisdom, The University of Chicago

Nov 19 2020

The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans

Eben Kirksey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Deakin University

Britt Wray, Ph.D.

Science writer, broadcaster, and researcher

Nov 11 2020

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein

Author and Journalist

Joy Hurd

Head of Lake Forest Country Day School

Oct 21 2020

College During COVID: Lessons from the Science of Adolescence

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University

John Duffy, Psy.D.

Clinical psychologist and author of The Available Parent and Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety

Oct 13 2020

When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids

Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D.

Child psychologist and Director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota

Renee Dominguez, Ph.D.

Clinical psychologist and Executive Director, Family Service Center of Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and Kenilworth

Oct 8 2020

On Making: Exploring the Creative Process

Cozbi A. Cabrera

Multimedia artist and author

Jason Reynolds


Oct 6 2020

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

Brittany K. Barnett

Award-winning attorney and founder of the Buried Alive Project, Girls Embracing Mothers, XVI Capital Partners, and Milena Reign LLC

Jeanne Bishop

Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Sep 24 2020

Riding the Crisis Roller Coaster: Positioning Yourself Emotionally Amidst Volatility

Nancy Koehn, Ph.D.

Historian and James E. Robinson Chair of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Manuel Cuevas-Trisán

Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Northwestern University

Sep 17 2020