Renowned human rights activist, musician and Cambodian genocide survivor. Inspiring change with incredible stories of hope, endurance, and survival through the power of music.
Authors & Community Reads
Authors, Community Reads, First Year Reads
Journalism professor and NPR commentator, Riley’s books on the Beatles and John Lennon are consider definitive works. He also speaks about the way that social media has changed the face of journalism.
Powerful African-American storyteller, educator, and social activist delivering important autobiographical, historical, and fictional stories about issues surrounding race and class.
Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (“Papo”) is a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet most associated with the Nuyorican movement.
Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Award winning author who has worked as a correctional officer in a prison, and traveled from Mexico to the US with migrants crossing the border.
Part of the IPCC team that won the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Mann is an award-winning climate scientist and central figure in the debate over climate change.
Poet, writer, translator, and teacher. Author of six books and recipient of eleven Pushcart Prize nominations.
Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher and founding member of the spoken-word group The Last Poets.
Law professor, civil rights activist, and Native American, Williams has established a notable career in the fields of Native American and International law and indigenous people’s rights.
An award-winning researcher, teacher, and communicator, Strogatz enjoys sharing the beauty of math though his books, essays, and public lectures. Author of The Joy of X
Organized crime reporter Moldea has covered the widespread impact of “the mob” on business, the entertainment industry, government, and sports for many years, and survived at least one contract on his life.
A second generation environmental activist, Hunter’s documentary series Activism 2.0 shows the new wave of environmental activists on the front lines of grassroots movements.
Annie is the Executive Director for Greenpeace USA and is best known for her documentary The Story of Stuff. She is a lifelong proponent of sustainability and critic of excessive consumerism.
Nicknamed the “Real-Life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the Treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman pioneered the science of rainforest canopy ecology.
Pulitzer Prize winner for The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes has written two other critically acclaimed books on nuclear warfare.
Part of the Nobel-Award winning research team on “cosmic expansion” — takes his audience inside the world of dark energy, exploding stars, and the accelerating universe.
Pioneer in green business and organic farming, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt. Develops sustainable and socially-responsible technologies and practices for businesses.
Nationally renown scholar of the history of marriage and family, Coontz lifts the veil on American values. Author of the award-winning book: Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage.