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Our Compelling Interests: Book Launch and Discussion
The National Press Club
Washington, DC 20045
September 28, 2016
06:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Our Compelling Interests book launch, New Yorker Staff Writer and Columbia Journalism School Professor Jelani Cobb moderated a panel discussion featuring contributors Patricia Gurin, Nicole Smith, and Thomas Sugrue. Series coeditors Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor shared welcoming remarks.

Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy Discussion
The New York Public Library
New York, NY 10018
December 13, 2016
06:00 p.m.

At a time when American society is swiftly transforming, the new book series Our Compelling Interests sheds light on how our differences will only become more critical to our shared success. After a reading by poet and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young, WNYC Host Brian Lehrer moderated a panel discussion featuring Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor (series coeditor), Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Nicole Gelinas, New York Public Library President Tony Marx, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill.

Our Compelling Interests: Toward a Connected Society Discussion
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA
April 18, 2017
05:00 p.m.

At a time when American society is swiftly transforming and reengaged in debates over identity politics, the new book series Our Compelling Interests sheds light on how connecting across differences will only become more critical to our shared success. WGBH and World Channel General Manager Liz Cheng will moderate a panel discussion with: Danielle Allen, chair, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Board, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University; Jeffrey Leiden, chairman, president and CEO, Vertex; Earl Lewis, president, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Deval Patrick, managing director, Bain Capital Double Impact, former governor of Massachusetts. Co-hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in partnership with Princeton University Press, WGBH, and World Channel.

Our Compelling Interests: Panel Discussion—The Diversity Bonus in the Knowledge Economy
LACMA | Bing Theater
Los Angelos
September 27, 2017
07:00 p.m.

What if workforce diversity is more than simply the right thing to do in order to make society more integrated and just? In this panel, Scott E. Page will discuss the power of cognitive differences, a subject raised in his latest book, The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy, the second volume in the Our Compelling Interests series—an initiative of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Jana Babatunde-Bey, president of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation
Nancy Cantor, series editor and chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark
Jerry Kang, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of California-Los Angeles
Scott E. Page, volume author and Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan

Moderated by Charmaine Jefferson, president of Kélan Resources, vice chair of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, trustee for the California Institute of the Arts, co-chair of the PBS SoCal African American Community Council

Free; tickets required
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