Book Talk Series: Academic Innovation for the Public Good

book talk series

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.

Stanford Digital Education and Trinity are co-sponsoring the series in collaboration with Stanford Humanities Center’s Recovering the University as a Public Good initiative and the Stanford Pathways Lab. The book conversations are free, and all are welcome. Those wishing to attend one or more of the events should register in advance (here) or click “Register Here” button at the bottom of the page.

In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities

A book conversation with author Davarian Baldwin, professor of American Studies at Trinity College

To be interviewed by Michael Kahan, co-director of Stanford University's Program on Urban Studies

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST


What Universities Owe Democracy

A book conversation with author Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST


Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity

A book conversation with author Sekile M. Nzinga, chief equity officer of the State of Illinois

To be interviewed by Natasha Warikoo, professor of sociology at Tufts University

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University

A book conversation with author Emily Levine, associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

A book conversation with author Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford

To be interviewed by Allison Salisbury, senior vice president at Guild Education

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China

A book conversation with author William Kirby, professor of modern Chinese history and of business at Harvard University

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


Other People’s Colleges: The Origins of American Higher Education Reform

A book conversation with author Ethan Ris, assistant professor of educational leadership at University of Nevada, Reno

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring

A book conversation with author Marybeth Gasman, professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times

A book conversation with author Van Ton-Quinlivan, former executive vice chancellor for the California Community Colleges

Interviewed by Mitchell Stevens, associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

A book conversation with co-authors Tia Brown McNair, Estela Maria Bensimon and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT


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