Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author,
the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the
founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He
is the author of five books, including Stamped from the Beginning: The
Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book
Award for Nonfiction.
Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer.
She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of
Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society,
and an editor for The Washington
Post's "Made by History" section.
Kendi and Blain edited the upcoming Four Hundred
Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, to be published
by One World in February 2021.
Sponsored by Penguin Random House
Joy Harjo is
an internationally-renowned musician, playwright, and author. Born
in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
In June 2019, Harjo was appointed as the 23rd Poet Laureate in Poetry to the
Library of Congress and is the first Native American to hold the honor and was
reappointed to a second term in April 2020.
She is the author of nine books of poetry, including the
highly acclaimed An American Sunrise; Conflict Resolution
for Holy Beings, shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named
a Notable Book by the American Library Association. She has
published several screenplays and collections of prose interviews; three
plays, and two award-winning children’s books.
Sponsored by W.W. Norton & Company
ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. will sit
down with Dr. Jill Biden to discuss her work as a community college instructor
and literacy advocate.
A lifelong educator, she served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009–2017.
She will return to the White House alongside her husband President-elect Joe
Biden to serve as First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2021.
Over a long career, Dr. Biden has spent more
than three decades teaching in community colleges, high schools, and a
psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She has two master’s degrees — both of
which she earned while working and raising a family — and earned her doctorate
in education from the University of Delaware in January of 2007. Her
dissertation focused on maximizing student retention in community colleges.
Dr. Biden is the author of several books,
including Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, which was released
in May of 2019, as well as a children’s book, JOEY: The Story of Joe
Biden, published by Simon & Schuster and released June 2020.