Please find below a roundup of this week’s free, public virtual events, as well as recent articles, media, and essays from PRH Speakers Bureau speakers.
In the News
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political and societal landscape.
- As companies look to bring remote workers back to the office, a writer asks: Why? | NPR: Anne Helen Petersen talks about how work will rotate more around people’s lives instead of the other way around.
- Bren Smith, Founder of GreenWave – Brief but Spectacular | PBS News Hour: Bren Smith gives his brief but spectacular take on making a living on a living planet.
- Missionaries author Phil Klay hosts the ‘American Veteran’ podcast | KMUW: Phil Klay speaks about his new podcast, which illuminates the veteran experience through a stunning range of veterans’ voices.
- Veterans Day legislation targets GI Bill racial inequities | WBUR: Dr. Matthew Delmont explains why the new legislation is necessary.
- To woke or not to woke | MSNBC: Anand Giridharadas discusses why Democrats need to get better — fast — at discussing race.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- The shortlist for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction | LitHub: Lauren Groff’s MATRIX is on the shortlist for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction.
- When Schools Ban Books | NPR: Jacqueline Woodson joins other authors to look into which books are being challenged and why.
- Author of Boy Erased talks about life after conversion therapy | NPR: Garrard Conley tells what led him to risk losing all that when he decided to leave the program and how conversion therapy is still being inflicted on thousands of gay men.
- Our Country Friends by Novelist Gary Shteyngart | WNYC: Gary Shteyngart discusses his latest book, which tells the story of a group of people isolated together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness | Los Angeles Review of Books: Ruth Ozeki talks about her latest work.