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About the Series
Trinity College has partnered with Stanford Digital Education to launch a new book talk series, Academic Innovation for the Public Good, which will foster discussion about how to make higher education’s future more equitable and accessible. This guide provides a complete list of authors, event dates, and links to the books, which are available for check out.
Each hour-long Zoom interview features an author of a recently published book exploring the role of colleges and universities in addressing society’s most pressing problems and the potential for innovation to address those challenges. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by questions from the audience. The conversations will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time from January through October on the fourth Wednesday of every month, except for the June event, which will be a week earlier. To learn more about the motivation for this series, go to Inside Higher Ed for a Q&A with Eshleman and Stanford’s Matthew Rascoff.
The book conversations are free, and all are welcome. Those wishing to attend one or more of the events should register in advance via this link: https://bit.ly/3ASG8G4
Books & Calendar
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower by
Publication Date: 2021-03-30
The series began on January 26 with Trinity’s own Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, discussing his recent book, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities. Baldwin was interviewed by Michael Kahan, co-director of Stanford University’s Program on Urban Studies.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
What Universities Owe Democracy by
Publication Date: 2021-10-05
What Universities Owe Democracy
An online book conversation with author Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Lean Semesters by
Publication Date: 2020-10-13
Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity
An online book conversation with author Sekile M. Nzinga, chief equity officer of the State of Illinois.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Allies and Rivals by
Publication Date: 2021-09-27
Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University
An online book conversation with author Emily Levine, associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Creative acts for curious people by
Publication Date: 2021
Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways
An online book conversation with author Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford d.school.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Empires of Ideas by
Publication Date: 2022-06-14
Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China
An online book conversation with author William Kirby, professor of modern Chinese history and of business at Harvard University.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Other People's Colleges by
Publication Date: Releases June 22, 2022 (On Order)
Other People’s Colleges: The Origins of American Higher Education Reform
An online book conversation with author Ethan Ris, assistant professor of educational leadership at University of Nevada, Reno.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Doing the Right Thing by
Publication Date: 2022-05-10
Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring
An online book conversation with author Marybeth Gasman, professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Publication Date: 2021-09-18
WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times
An online book conversation with author Van Ton-Quinlivan, former executive vice chancellor for the California Community Colleges.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
From Equity Talk to Equity Walk by
Publication Date: 2020-01-22
From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education
An online book conversation with co-authors Tia Brown McNair, Estela Maria Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.