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Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Dawn Turner

Award-winning journalist and author

Heidi Stevens

Creative director at Parent Nation at the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health

Oct 28 2021

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

Jeff Selingo

Journalist and author

Adam Harris

Staff writer for The Atlantic and author, The State Must Provide

Oct 26 2021

Music Is History: An Evening with Questlove


Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and member of The Roots

Hanif Abdurraqib

Poet, essayist, and music critic

Oct 14 2021

Baby, Unplugged: One Mother’s Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age

Sophie Brickman

Writer, reporter, editor, and author of Baby Unplugged

Joy Hurd

Head of Lake Forest Country Day School

Oct 12 2021

Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers

Deborah Tuerkheimer

Author and Professor, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Megan Twohey

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times

Oct 7 2021

Traumatized: Identify, Understand, and Cope with PTSD and Emotional Stress

Kati Morton, LMFT

Licensed marriage and family therapist and author

Kelsey Darragh

Comedian, filmmaker, and mental health advocate

Oct 4 2021

Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

Sarah Stein Greenberg

Executive Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University

Liz Gerber, Ph.D.

Professor at Northwestern University, co-director of Northwestern’s Center for Human Computer Interaction + Design, and faculty founder of Design for America

Sep 30 2021

What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Founder, The Stixrud Group

Ned Johnson

Author, Speaker, and Founder, PrepMatters

Sep 28 2021

Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans

David Brendel, MD, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Strategy of Mind

Ryan Stelzer

Co-founder, Strategy of Mind

Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D.

Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Sep 23 2021

We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation

Eric Garcia

Senior Washington correspondent at The Independent and author of We’re Not Broken

Steve Silberman

Award-winning science writer and author, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Sep 20 2021