Society & Culture

Insightful and compelling lectures from leading figures in print and broadcast media

David Quammen

Quammen’s science journalism creates a fascinating blend of exploration and storytelling.  He brilliantly explains complicated science concepts to his audiences.  Three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and long-time contributing writer for National Geographic.

Video: Emerging Diseases and the next Human Pandemic 

Jessica Valenti

Valenti is one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world. Bestselling author and co-founder of award-winning blog, Feminsting.com, she speaks on feminism, politics and defying gender norms. A leading voice in the #MeToo movement.

Video: Jessica speaks to NARAL

Sonia Shah

An investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author. Addressing topics from human rights to international politics, Shah tracks viruses, drugs, and their future impacts on society.

Video: Sonia Shah on Malaria

 

Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde

Essayist, translator, scholar and poet whose work focuses on the nature of imagination, creativity, the “cultural commons” and, most recently, “the art of forgetting” as it appears in myth, politics, art and spiritual life.  A true “writer’s writer.”

Video: Common As Air — Revolution, Art, and Ownership