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Nathalia Holt, NPR Chat About the Role of Women in Rocket Science

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Nathalia Holt spoke with NPR’s Ari Shapiro and one of the original “rocket girls,” Barbara Paulson, about women’s role in shaping the American space project. Nathalia’s book The Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, is a collective biography of a group of women who “did the math” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1940s.

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Also posted in Denise Kiernan, Hidden Figures, Karen Abbott, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, Margot Lee Shetterly, Meg Waite Clayton, Nathalia Holt, The Girls of Atomic City, The Race For Paris | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

YA Version of Maraniss’ Strong Inside Opens Civil Rights Story to Middle Schoolers

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Andrew Maraniss’ Strong Inside, which chronicles the career of Perry Wallace, the first African-American college basketball player in the south, and serves an important role in facilitating campus and community discussions around racial tensions in the US, is now available in YA format.

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Also posted in Andrew Maraniss, Dana Johnson, Elsewhere California, Glory Over Everything, Grant Park, James Edward Mills, kathleen grissom, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Leonard Pitts, Mourner's Bench, Sanderia Faye, Strong Inside, The Adventure Gap, The Condemnation of Blackness | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leonard Pitts: Gentle Demeanor with a Tough Message

Leonard Pitts, Jr., Grant Park

As divisive messages filter down from our new administration, colleges and communities are hurriedly working to balance it with discourse about embracing the current situation of race relations in America and nurturing a community of diversity and kindness. With “a gentle demeanor,” Leonard Pitts, Jr. delivers a “tough message that we all need to hear.”

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Also posted in Andrew Maraniss, Dana Johnson, Elsewhere California, Grant Park, James Edward Mills, John Lewis, John Lewis, Leonard Pitts, March 3, Mourner's Bench, Sanderia Faye, Strong Inside, The Adventure Gap | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

James E. Mills Highlights Another Racial Disparity — Minority Outdoor Adventurers

James Edward Mills, The Adventure Gap

Adventurer and journalist James Edward Mills highlights another racial disparity: the low number of minority wilderness adventurers. This concern carries the opportunity to stimulate healthy conversation about race and gender disparity in our schools and communities.

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Also posted in Andrew Maraniss, Daniel Bergner, James Edward Mills, Meg Waite Clayton, Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Strong Inside, The Adventure Gap, The Race For Paris | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sheff Brings New Insights to Campuses & Communities re: Addiction

Photo from New York Times, "Addict's Father, Now Advocate"

As drug and alcohol addiction continue to plague our campuses and communities, parents and campus leadership struggle to find a working approach for awareness, prevention, and healing. New York Times #1 Bestselling author, David Sheff, has new ideas about the topic having experienced the impact of his son’s meth addiction first-hand. Dave Sheff is an […]

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Also posted in All Campus Reads Programs, all-campus reads, Beautiful Boy; A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction, Clean; Overcoming Addition and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, David Sheff | Leave a comment

Thor Hanson’s The Triumph of Seeds Takes Science Award

Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds

Biologist Thor Hanson’s THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS has just won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

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Also posted in Feathers, Kelsey Timmerman, State of the World: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, The Triumph of Seeds, Thor Hanson, Where Am I Eating: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, Where Am I Eating?, Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through The Global Food Economy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrate Black History Month
with these Amazing Authors

In preparation for what will certainly be an emotionally charged African-American History Month (February 2017), consider these important author/speaker contributors to the black history conversation.

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Also posted in Ellen Urbani, Glory Over Everything, Hillary Jordan, kathleen grissom, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Landfall, Marja Mills, Mudbound, The Condemnation of Blackness, The Mockingbird Next Door | Leave a comment

Top 5 Authors/Speakers on Politics & Society

Politics and Society

Public speaker events are a perfect tool to help guide political conversations and encourage thoughtful and informed voting decisions. Here are our Top 5 Authors on Politics & Society for your upcoming Fall events.

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Also posted in How to Catch a Russian Spy, Jonathan Eig, Kelsey Timmerman, Michael Hingson, Naveed Jamali, The Birth of the Pill, Thunder Dog, Where Am I Eating: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Parks Centennial: Protect, Connect, Inspire

It’s been said that our national parks are “America’s best idea.” As the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, this is the year to celebrate the centennial of a very American effort.

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Also posted in A Sudden Light, Andrea Lankford, Bison and Bears, Boar Island, Feathers, Gary Ferguson, Heather Hansen, James Edward Mills, Nevada Barr, Prophets and Moguls, Ranger Confidential, Rangers and Rogues, The Adventure Gap, The Carry Home, Thor Hanson | Leave a comment

In the Aftermath: Triumph over Tragedy

Michael Hingson

In times of crisis, an author who can speak to personal triumph over tragedy provides communities with a vehicle for discussion about difficult topics. Through this lens, readers inevitably discover they have much more in common than they realize. These authors inspire by tapping into our shared experiences of overcoming life’s challenges.

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Also posted in Charlotte Rogan, Etched in Sand, Fives and Twenty Fives, Michael Hingson, Michael Pitre, Now and Again, Regina Calcaterra, Thunder Dog | Leave a comment
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