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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

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own – A Conversation between Eddie Glaude Jr., Ph.D. and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Ph.D.

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Jul 28 2020

Face Forward: Leading Courageously in Crisis

Nancy Koehn, Ph.D.

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

Tom Flemma, Ph.D.

Head of School, North Shore Country Day School

Jul 21 2020

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City

Wes Moore

Bestselling Author, Army Combat Veteran, Social Entrepreneur, and Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood

Ava Thompson Greenwell, Ph.D.

Video/Broadcast Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Jul 13 2020