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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, creator of the 1619 Project, Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, and founder of Howard’s Center for Journalism and Democracy

Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University

Claudia Rankine

Professor of Creative Writing, New York University. Award-winning poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

Nov 19 2021

Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO at New America

Alicia Menendez

Author, podcast host, and anchor of MSNBC’s "American Voices with Alicia Menendez"

Nov 16 2021

Unprotected: An Evening with Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright, and author

Jamal Jordan

Mixed-media documentarian, journalist, and educator

Nov 9 2021

American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020

George F. Will

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for The Washington Post

Peter W. Tragos

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, New Trier High School D203, Winnetka, IL

Nov 8 2021

An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional

Rainesford Stauffer

Writer, essayist, and author

Luisa Struck

New Trier High School Class of '22

Nov 4 2021

The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for An Inspired Life

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Professor in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University

Steven C. Rockefeller, Ph.D.

Author, essayist, and professor emeritus of religion at Middlebury College

Nov 2 2021

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