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Stanford Digital Education and Trinity College have organized 10 monthly book conversations via Zoom with leading scholars on how higher education can affect the public good. 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 event features an author of a recently published book exploring the role of colleges and universities in addressing society’s problems. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by questions from the audience. The list of authors and the dates they will be interviewed is below. The conversation will last for one hour starting at 4 p.m. Pacific time from January through October on the fourth Wednesday of every month, except for the June event, which will be a week earlier.

To join the conversation, please visit the Academic Innovation for the Public Good community space. When you join the online community, you’ll find opportunities to connect with others who are committed to the themes of equity, access, and innovation in higher education. You can also access special author events, including virtual Q&As and other on-demand content.

The book conversations are free, and all are welcome. Those wishing to attend one or more of the events should register in advance or click the “register” button at the bottom of the page.

Authors and Dates

Recording of Jan. 26, 2022, conversation with author Davarian Baldwin

Recording of Feb. 23, 2022, conversation with author Ronald Daniels

Recording of March 23, 2022, conversation with author Sekile Nzinga

Recording of April 27, 2022, conversation with author Emily Levine

Recording of May 25, 2022, conversation with author Sarah Stein Greenberg

Recording of June 22, 2022, conversation with author Bill Kirby

Stanford Digital Education and Trinity jointly organized the series in collaboration with Bentley University, Brown, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke Learning Innovation, Georgetown University Center for Design in Learning and Scholarship, Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson College, Johns Hopkins University, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, Minerva, North Dakota State University Graduate School, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northwestern University Women's Center, Notre Dame Learning, University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation, University of Missouri Online, University of Pennsylvania Online Learning Initiative, Stanford Humanities Center’s Recovering the University as a Public Good initiative and the Stanford Pathways Lab.