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Steve Viscelli

Speaker: “How Will Robot Trucks Change American Life?

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The Big Rig Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream
From the Publisher: The Big Rig explains how this massive degradation in the quality of work has occurred, and how companies achieve a compliant and dedicated workforce despite it. Drawing on more than 100 in-depth interviews and years of extensive observation, including six months training and working as a long-haul trucker, Viscelli explains in detail how labor is recruited, trained, and used in the industry…

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Margaret MacMillan

Speaker: “What Would a New Cold War Mean for the World?

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War: How Conflict Shaped Us
From the Publisher: The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity’s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity.

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Philip P. Pan

Speaker: “What Would a New Cold War Mean for the World?

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Out of Mao’s Shadow
From the Publisher: Out of Mao’s Shadow offers a startling perspective on China and its remarkable transformation, challenging conventional wisdom about the political apathy of the Chinese people and the notion that prosperity leads automatically to freedom. Like David Remnick’s Lenin’s Tomb, this is a moving story of a nation in transition, of a people coming to terms with their past and struggling to take control of their future.

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Michael Crow

Speaker: “Can Higher Education Be Transformed to Better Serve Society?

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The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education
From the Publisher: Out of the crises of American higher education emerges a new class of large-scale public universities designed to accelerate social change through broad access to world-class knowledge production and cutting-edge technological innovation.

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Jessica Garrison

Speaker: “Why Is It So Easy To Get Away with Murder?
The Devil's Harvest
THE DEVIL’S HARVEST: A RUTHLESS KILLER, A TERRORIZED COMMUNITY, AND THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE IN CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY
From the Publisher: On the surface, fifty-eight-year-old Jose Martinez didn’t seem evil or even that remarkable—just a regular neighbor, good with cars and devoted to his family. But in between taking his children to Disneyland and visiting his mom, Martinez was also one of the most skilled professional killers police had ever seen.

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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Panelist: “Are American States Better at Protecting Human Rights than the U.S. Government?
Citizenship Reimagined
CITIZENSHIP REIMAGINED: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR STATE RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES
From the Publisher: The United States is entering a new era of progressive state citizenship, with California leading the way. A growing number of states are providing expanded rights to undocumented immigrants that challenge conventional understandings of citizenship as binary, unidimensional, and exclusively national.

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Richard Kreitner

Moderator: “Are American States Better at Protecting Human Rights than the U.S. Government?
Break It Up
BREAK IT UP: SECESSION, DIVISION, AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICA’S IMPERFECT UNION
From the Publisher: The novel and fiery thesis of Break It Up is simple: The United States has never lived up to its name—and never will.

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Pankaj Mishra

Panelist: “Has Hysteria Conquered America?
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BLAND FANATICS: LIBERALS, RACE AND EMPIRE
From the Publisher: A wide-ranging, controversial collection of critical essays on the political mania plaguing the West by one of the most important public intellectuals of our time.

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Ronald Brownstein

Panelist: “Has Hysteria Conquered America?
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THE SECOND CIVIL WAR: HOW EXTREME PARTISANSHIP HAS PARALYZED WASHINGTON AND POLARIZED AMERICA
From the Publisher: In recent years American politics has seemingly become much more partisan, more zero-sum, more vicious, and less able to confront the real problems our nation faces. What has happened?

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David Altman

Panelist: “Should Global Democracy Become More Direct?
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CITIZENSHIP AND CONTEMPORARY DIRECT DEMOCRACY
From the Publisher: Standing out from all other books on direct democracy, Citizenship and Contemporary Direct Democracy connects the study of direct democracy to the broader field of comparative democratization and to an important strand in normative democratic theory.

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Lon Kurashige

Panelist: “Does a New Wave of Anti-Asian American Racism Require New Ways of Fighting Back?
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Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism
From the Publisher: This book complicates the exclusion story by examining the organized and well-funded opposition to discrimination that involved some of the most powerful public figures in American politics, business, religion, and academia.

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Martha S. Jones

Panelist: “Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?
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VANGUARD: HOW BLACK WOMEN BROKE BARRIERS, WON THE VOTE, AND INSISTED ON EQUALITY FOR ALL
From the Publisher: The epic history of African American women’s pursuit of political power—and how it transformed America…

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