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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Creator of The 1619 Project | New York Times Magazine Staff Writer | MacArthur Genius | Winner of the National Magazine Award

Nikole Hannah-Jones was named a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform”. This is but one honor in a growing list: she’s won a Peabody, a Polk, and a National Magazine Award for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city. Most recently, her New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project”, on the history and legacy of American slavery, went viral and garnered her even more honors for her groundbreaking journalism. 
Shoshana Zuboff

Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism | Harvard Business School Professor Emerita | Activist and Scholar

As we attempt to grasp the consequences of our digital era, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is “an epoch-defining international bestseller” (Guardian) that “shines a searing light on how this latest revolution is transforming our economy, politics, society—and lives” (Financial Times). In talks drawing from her landmark book—named one of TIME’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2019, and one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2019—she outlines the cost of putting a price on private data, and urges leaders to pay attention, resist habituation, and come up with novel responses to a new era. 
Anthony Jack

Assistant Prof. of Ed. at Harvard University | Author of The Privileged Poor

Elite colleges are accepting diverse and disadvantaged students more than ever before—but to Anthony Jack, access does not equal acceptance. An Assistant Professor at Harvard and author of The Privileged Poor, Jack—once a low-income, first-generation college student himself—studies how poor students are often failed by the top schools that admit them. In talks, he details how class divides on campus create barriers to academic success—and shares what schools can do to level the playing field.

 

Aarti Shahani

Award-winning Journalist | NPR Contributor

 At NPR, Aarti Shahani is no stranger to covering groundbreaking stories. But it’s her own story that makes her work all the more compelling. In talks, she shares her experiences as the daughter of Indian immigrants and explores the obstacles marginalized groups face in America today: and how we can work together to dismantle them.
David Wallace-Wells

Author of the Instant New York Times Bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth

In his critically-hailed instant New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earthand soon to be HBO seriesDavid Wallace-Wells tells the epic story of our time. In urgent talks, he asks key questions—how will the map of global power shift as coastlines are redrawn?—and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency.
 
Andrew Marantz

New Yorker Staff Writer | Author of Antisocial

Social media has hijacked the global conversation, and we’re facing an informational crisis that is shaking democracy to its core. For his book, Antisocial, Andrew Marantz spent four years with the two groups who increasingly control the internet: the technouptopian founders of social media platforms, and the conspiracists, trolls, and alt-right who use them to advance their toxic agendas. With clarity, courage, and humor, Marantz explains how we got into this mess—and how we can get out.
Angie Thomas

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of On the Come Up and The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’ debut novel—which became a blockbuster film—The Hate U Give, has spent more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list. And her sophomore novel, On the Come Up is keeping it good company. With stats like that, this chart-topping author is no longer on the come up—she’s arrived. And if that wasn’t enough, On the Come Up is already being adapted into a movie. Thomas’ keynotes resonate with the same authenticity, insight, and hope that make her writing so powerful, and give context and background to the culture, politics, and movement that inspired it.

 

 
Gabby Rivera

Author of Juliet Takes a Breath and the Marvel Comic Series America

Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath, she’s also the writer of the Marvel series America—featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero, ever. It’s catching headlines from The New York Times, Vogue, and beyond: and Marvel Studios and Disney+ just announced a new show based on the series.
Britt Wray

Science Writer and Broadcaster | TED Speaker

Combining cutting-edge scientific research and pertinent ethical inquiry, Britt Wray offers a bold convergence point for climate change and mental health. Millions around the world are suffering from anxiety and grief directly related to environmental challenges. From changing relationships to land and water and environmental displacement, to post traumatic stress that comes with the rise of extreme weather events, Wray breaks down the current ecological crisis and provides the tools to build resilience within ourselves and our communities.