Past Conversations

Speaker: Mona Minkara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University
October 21, 2021
Speaker: Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed., Professional Educator and Social Justice Activist
October 6, 2021
Speaker: Varshini Prakash, Founder of The Sunrise Movement
September 23, 2021
Speaker: Grace Lin, New York Times best-selling author and illustrator
June 1, 2021
Speaker: Jessica Lahey, New York Times best-selling author
April 28, 2021
Speaker: Charlie Washburn, Retired Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VSA Massachusetts, grandfather of two boys on the autism spectrum, Donna Danielewski, Senior Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH, mother of a child with autism
March 18, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, Moderated by Tiziana Dearing, Host of WBUR's Radio Boston
January 27, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Jill Walsh, Researcher and Lecturer at Boston University
November 12, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Winner, Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 21, 2020
Speaker: Gene Beresin, M.D., Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
October 8, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Jay Lemery, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, and Faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health
September 24, 2020
Speaker: Gene Beresin, M.D., Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
August 12, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Susan Hockfield, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience at MIT
May 27, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Michael Yogman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
April 2, 2020
Speaker: Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of Empathy
February 27, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D.
October 17, 2019
Speaker: Takao Hensch, Ph.D., Joint Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science
May 23, 2019
Speaker: Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media
March 20, 2019
Speaker: Fred Rogers Documentary Screening, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
March 13, 2019
Speaker: Peter H. Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator
November 14, 2018
Speaker: David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; co-Director, Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging, Harvard Medical School; Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney
October 11, 2018
Speaker: Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
September 27, 2018
Speaker: Katherine Reynolds Lewis, award-winning independent journalist, speaker, and author: The Good News About Bad Behavior
May 1, 2018
Speaker: Amy O'Leary, Director of Early Education for All (EEA), a campaign of Strategies for Children (SFC)
April 12, 2018
Speaker: Bob Bigelow, former NBA player and one of the country's foremost youth sports speakers
November 1, 2017
Speaker: Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of PLAYFUL PARENTING and THE OPPOSITE OF WORRY, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy
October 4, 2017
Speaker: Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for The Atlantic and National Journal, and author of Love That Boy
April 19, 2017
Speaker: Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L
February 2, 2017
Speaker: Drew Houston, American internet entrepreneur, born and raised in Acton, MA, is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, an online backup and storage service
November 22, 2016
Speaker: Peter Gray, Ph.D., Research professor at Boston College and author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life"
November 2, 2016
Speaker: John J. Ratey, MD, Reebok's Ambassador for Active Kids and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
September 22, 2016
Speaker: Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita at Lesley University, author, and advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice and the well-being of all children
May 25, 2016
Speaker: Ron Lieber, "Your Money" columnist for the New York Times and author of "The Opposite of Spoiled," a guide to teaching kids about money and values
February 24, 2016
Speaker: Wendy Grolnick, Professor of Psychology at Clark University with a focus on motivational development in children and adolescents
January 27, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Woodie Flowers, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and National Advisor to the FIRST Robotics Competition
November 18, 2015
Speaker: Joe Levine, Science educator and co-autohr of Biology, the most widely-used high school biology textbook in the United States.
September 24, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Sheridan, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at Boston Children's Hospital
May 7, 2015
Speaker: Frank Bruni, New York Times op-ed columnist and New York Times best-selling author; his latest book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania" was published in March 2015
April 13, 2015
Speaker: Scott Barry Kaufman, Author and scientific director of the Imagination Institute of Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
March 26, 2015
Speaker: Jennifer Senior, Contributing editor at New York magazine and author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, which spent seven weeks on The New York Times Best Selers list.
January 21, 2015
Speaker: Jessica Lahey, Educator, author, and speaker, featured in the New York Times and The Atlantic
November 5, 2014
Speaker: Heather Jack, Founder of The Volunteer Family and Future Philanthropists
September 23, 2014
Speaker: George Overholser, CEO and founder of Third Sector Capital Partners, Entrepreneur in Residence at New Profit, Inc., and member of the Advisory Board of Ready Nation
April 8, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Rao, Nationally known expert in child psychology and the author of The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys
February 11, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
October 13, 2013
Speaker: Dr. J. Kevin Nugent, Professor of Children, Families and Schools at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children's Hospital
June 12, 2013
Speaker: Professor Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group which developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations.
March 20, 2013