Naomi Oreskes is a leading voice on the role of science in society and the reality of anthropogenic climate change. In her talks and keynote speeches, she draws on both scientific research and historical fact to show audiences why science can be trusted; how the campaign to deny climate change was an organized and systematic effort; and how to combat climate change denial while empowering audiences to take action. A professor of the History of Science and an affiliated professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, she is the co-author of the internationally bestselling Merchants of Doubt, as well as The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future and the forthcoming The Magic of the Marketplace: The True History of a False Idea (Bloomsbury Press, 2020) for which she and co-author Erik Conway received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.
Sam Quinones is a trailblazer in the conversation about the American opioid crisis. In his talks and keynote speeches, he introduces both scientific research and heart-wrenching, personal accounts to present the realities of the “silent epidemic”, as well as the ways we can help affected communities. Sam is the author of Dreamland (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), which received the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and was named as a “Best Book of 2015” on multiple lists, most notably by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Amazon, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, The St. Louis-Post Dispatch, The Guardian and the Chicago Public Library.
Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks on the impact of digitalization on society and democracy. In his speeches, he encourages audiences to consider how technology like Google and social media shape the way we think, and what we can do to foster a new Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world. He is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues on public radio shows and news programs, notably BBC, CNN and NBC. Siva has authored several books, including Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Nation.