Our Speakers at the 38th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®


We are so excited to be headed to Las Vegas, NV on February 16th for the 38th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®!

The Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience® focuses on supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year. In addition to the numerous conference sessions that happen throughout the weekend, Penguin Random House will be hosting a series of author events to allow participants to hear from some of our best speakers for college audiences.

Below is a listing of the events we are hosting that feature our speakers. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or would like more information on any of the events, or RSVP here. Can’t make it to Las Vegas? Not to fear! Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates and check back here after the conference for a comprehensive blog post on our time at the conference.

Penguin Random House Events at the 38th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®

Saturday, February 16th

Saturday Dinner
8:00pm – 9:30pm, Augustus II

Featuring Casey Gerald (There Will Be No Miracles Here), Clemantine Wamariya (The Girl Who Smiled Beads), Tara Westover (Educated), and Eli Saslow (Rising Out Of Hatred)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.

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Casey Gerald

Author of There Will Be No Miracles Here

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Joyful Clemantine Wamariya

Human rights advocate and author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Sunday, February 17th

Sunday Lunch
12:15pm – 1:45pm, Pompeian Ballroom

Featuring Abdi Nor Iftin (Call Me American), Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout), Fatima Farheen Mirza (A Place For Us), Sharmila Sen (Not Quite Not White)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.

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Abdi Nor Iftin

Author of Call Me American and immigrant rights advocate

Sunday, February 17th

Sunday Cocktails and Conversation
5:30pm – 7:00pm, Pompeian Ballroom

Featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (What the Eyes Don’t See), Scott Harrison (Thirst)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.

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Dr. Mona Hanna

Physician, scientist and activist who exposed the Flint water crisis

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Private: Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity:water and social entrepreneur


Monday, February 18th

Monday Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm, Pompeian Ballroom

Featuring  Zachary R. Wood (Uncensored), Isaac J. Bailey (My Brother Moochie), Winona Gao and Priya Vulchi (Tell Me Who You Are)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.

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Private: Zachary R. Wood

Former President of Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, author of Uncensored, and free speech advocate