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.
- Novelist Edwidge Danticat: Allow Haitians To Determine Their Own Future | NPR: Award winning Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat speaks about the challenges in Haiti.
- An extra J. & J. shot substantially boosts protection against Covid, the company reports | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports on the need for the second Johnson & Johnson shot.
- What John Carreyrou Expects at the Trial of Elizabeth Holmes | The New Yorker: John Carreyrou discusses the Theranos founder’s defense strategies and the likelihood that he himself will be called as a witness.
- Amanda Little: What Is The Future Of Our Food? | KUAR: Amanda Little believes both organic pastoral practices and new technologies will help ethically feed the world.
- Big tech has been the greatest investment opportunity, but also a ‘wild west’ of tech | Bloomberg: Roger McNamee stresses on the need for checks and balances at tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Banned Books Week, anti-racist books being banned | CBS: Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses Banned Books Week, the dangers of censoring books, and shares his reaction to one of his own books being banned.
- Ruth Ozeki Tackles Capitalism, Materialism, And Neoliberalism In New Book | NPR: Ruth Ozeki answers questions about her latest book.
- The Reading Life: Rick Bragg | WWNO: Rick Bragg speaks on the poorly behaved, half-blind stray that won his heart.
- Best Of Colson Whitehead | NPR: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead talks about heists, how New York City has changed, and writing during the pandemic.
- Ken Burns on his latest, “Muhammad Ali” | Salon: Ken Burns shares his thoughts on his four-part tribute to Muhammad Ali and what he symbolizes to us.