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    A variety of well-known and distinguished speakers (in order of appearance) include:

    • Candace Thille, Director of Learning Science, Amazon
    • Tara Westover, Best-selling author of Educated, named one of the 10 Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times
    • Kevin Young, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
    • Eric Nguyen, Author of Things We Lost to the Water, included on President Obama’s Summer 2021 Reading List, and editor in chief of diaCRITICS
    • Russell Jeung, Professor, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University and Co-Founder, Stop AAPI Hate
    • Liz Skilton, Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO, The Phi Beta Kappa Society

    More information about the meeting, including registration and COVID-19 safety protocols, is available on the CGS website.


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