MARYN MCKENNA:
Antibiotic Resistance – A Global Health Threat
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Award-winning investigative science journalist, Maryn McKenna, has taken a deep dive into the antibiotic crisis, and her findings are as chilling as they are illuminating. Her 2017 bestseller, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, traces chicken’s meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, and reveals the astounding role antibiotics have played in industrial farming. … Read more »

PAMELA RONALD:
The Future of Food
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Pamela Ronald, distinguished professor of Plant Pathology and Genetics at the University of California at Davis, knows that meeting the challenge of producing enough food to feed our growing population will take every trick in the book. Prof. Ronald investigates how food plants respond to environmental stresses, and develops strategies employing genetic techniques to help plants thrive. … Read more »

ERIK VANCE:
Suggestible You – A Journey into the Mind’s Mysterious Power
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Award-winning science journalist Erik Vance explores the power of the brain to heal our bodies and color our lived experience in Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal. Throughout, he sheds light on the surprising ways that our expectations and beliefs can influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. … Read more »

MILES O’BRIEN:
What’s Up with Climate Change?
What the science says, what the media tells us, and what you need to know
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Miles O’Brien is a veteran journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace—and is an accomplished pilot and aviation enthusiast. His award-winning journalism has earned him six Emmys, a Peabody and a DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. … Read more »

LISA COVERT:
Finding the American Dream in Mexico
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The concept of the “American Dream” has been a key part of the cultural conversation in the U.S. since at least World War II—the white collar job, the house with a picket fence, keeping up with the Joneses—all have come to signify the attainment of success in America. But what of those who leave the United States in order to attain that dream? … Read more »

JOHN “Economic Hit Man” PERKINS:
Economic Colonialism and the Redemptive Power of Indigenous Cultures
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

As a young man, Perkins developed cost justifications for huge infrastructure projects funded by the World Bank and other aid organizations. Recognizing the harm wrought by his work, Perkins suffered a crisis of conscious, leaving his lucrative position and eventually telling all in his international bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. … Read more »

VICENTE FOX:
Mexico/U.S. Relations in the Time of Trump
November 12, 2018

On November 18, 2016 — barely a week after the stunning U.S. presidential election — former Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a sold-out audience in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom, discussing the future of U.S.-Mexico relations. Vicente Fox will return to San Miguel de Allende less than a week after the critical 2018 U.S. mid-term elections. … Read more »

DR. GEORGIA EDE:
Preventing Alzheimer’s Is Easier Than You Think: The Surprising Science of Food and the Brain
October 9, 2018

Rates of Alzheimer’s dementia are expected to triple by 2050, and every drug developed to try to combat this epidemic has failed miserably. The bad news is that many of us are already on the road to Alzheimer’s disease without realizing it. The good news is that scientists have identified the key driving force behind most cases of this devastating illness—and it’s something well within your power to control. … Read more »

JAMES E. PALOMBO:
Truth to Logic – Crime, Criminal Justice and Ideology in the American Experiment
August 20, 2018

The U.S. citizenry lacks a legitimate understanding of its country’s capitalist character. This “identity crisis” presents serious problems on both national and international levels. Palombo will relay his experiences with crime, the criminal justice system and the ideological issues that inform to his conclusions. Given our current political and social turmoil, this promises to be a timely and engaging discussion. … Read more »