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Academic Innovation for the Public Good book conversation series
Stanford University and Trinity College invite you to register to attend monthly book conversations in their new series, “Academic Innovation for the Public Good.” Each event features an author of a recently published scholarly work exploring the role of higher education in addressing society’s most pressing problems. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by audience questions. We’re excited to launch this program, which we hope will foster discussion about how to make higher education’s future more equitable and accessible.

Each of the conversations will last for one hour starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from January 26 through October 26. Stanford and Trinity are co-sponsoring the series, in collaboration with the Stanford Humanities Center’s “Recovering the University as a Public Good” initiative, the Stanford Pathways Lab, and Stanford Digital Education.

You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

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Davarian Baldwin - January 26
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and founding director of the Smart Cities Lab @Trinity College
Author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities
Ronald J. Daniels - February 23
President @Johns Hopkins University
Author of What Universities Owe Democracy
Sekile M. Nzinga - March 23
Chief Equity Officer for the State of Illinois
Former interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University. Author of Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity
Emily Levine - April 27
Associate Professor of Education @Stanford Graduate School of Education
Author of Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University
Sarah Stein Greenberg - May 25
Executive Director @Stanford d.school
Author of Creative Acts for Curious People
William Kirby - June 22
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies @Harvard University
Author of Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China
Ethan Ris - July 27
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership @University of Nevada, Reno
Author of Other People’s Colleges: The Origins of American Higher Education Reform
Marybeth Gasman - August 24
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair & a Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of Education @Rutgers University
Author of Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring
Van Ton-Quinlivan - September 28
CEO of Futuro Health and former Vice Chancellor @California’s community college system
Author of WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times
Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux - October 26
Authors of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk Tia Brown McNair McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. Estela Mara Bensimon holds the honorary title of University Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California. She is the founder of the Center for Urban Education at USC.  She is now leading Bensimon & Associates. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux is the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Assessment and the Chief Institutional Research Officer at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).