The Family Action Network announced its spring 2018 lineup of speakers, which includes best-selling authors Sam Quinones, Ted Dintersmith, Wendy Mogel, Dan Pink, and Rachel Simmons.
Here’s the schedule:
5 speakers. 10 events. 21 days. Lots of details in the event blocks below, so let’s just do a snapshot of each.
April 9-10: Sam Quinones, freelance American journalist.
First up, an April 9 evening talk about Mr. Quinones’ utterly absorbing award-winning 2015 book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. He will lay out the whole nightmarish story, from opioids entering mainstream medicine as “safe” painkillers (they weren’t), to large swaths of the American public becoming addicted to pain meds like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet, to the “pizza delivery” distribution system of cheap Mexican black tar heroin, to the latest rash of overdose deaths due to fentanyl. Opioid drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death for people under 50 in the United States.
The following morning, April 10, Mr. Quinones will offer a Grand Rounds presentation, and we’re offering free CEUs to clinicians. Anyone can come, though.
Mr. Quinones was recently asked to offer testimony to the Senate on the opioid epidemic: Watch HERE,
April 12: Ted Dintersmith, education innovator, executive producer, venture capitalist.
A few years ago, Ted Dintersmith’s documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” offered a compelling profile of California-based High Tech High’s Socratic seminars and project-based learning approach. Audiences were wowed by the movie, and energized communities and leaders connected with the filmmakers to learn more. Buoyed by the response, Mr. Dintersmith embarked upon a 9-month trip across the U.S., traveling to all 50 states and visiting over 200 schools to seek out inspired, talented teachers and school administrators who are breaking out of conventional education strictures. The result is his brand new book: What School Could Be, and it’s a love letter to teachers and students and parents and community leaders who planning for the future.
April 20: Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., social-clinical psychologist.
After six years, Dr. Mogel returns to the FAN stage with a new book, Voice Lessons for Parents, that has a very interesting hook: She examines how we talk to children and teens — our posture, tone of voice, tempo, word choice — and offers advice about connecting through language more effectively, with less conflict and recrimination. She also offers tips on how to talk to your child’s teachers, coaches, and other caregivers, too.
Dr. Mogel is a very skilled presenter, quite witty, and has a gift for truth-telling via storytelling. A great Friday night for couples, or a fun girls-night-out, with lots of great pieces to discuss afterwards.
April 24-25: Dan Pink, bestselling author of books about work, management, and behavioral science.
Dan Pink’s doing 4 events for FAN over two days, appearing at venues in Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Winnetka, and Northfield. The topic for three of those events is his latest book When, which takes a deep dive into the topic of timing. He’ll look at night owls, early birds, when to take standardized tests, when to get surgery. He argues that the time of day that we do things matters a great deal, and that we move through our day in three stages — a peak, a trough, and a recovery. The key piece is to figure out your cycle, and then schedule your days to optimize attention, mood, and performance.
Mr. Pink is a fabulous speaker, revered in the business community, and his writing is accessible and engaging. AND: He’s doing a Grand Rounds, too, on the topic of an earlier book, Drive, discussing motivation.
April 30: Rachel Simmons, girl expert and bestselling author.
Yes, the name is familiar to you because she was just here a few weeks ago! The outpouring of local interest in Rachel and her new book about girls and young women, Enough As She Is, has been huge. We had a big audience at New Trier, and we’ve been asked by dozens of people to please bring her back. Rachel agreed, told us that her FAN event was the highlight of her book tour!
So: Rachel is coming back, one night only, at Regina Dominican High School. If you saw her last month, come again and bring your child, or a friend; if you didn’t see her, you’re in luck! Great sense of humor, very engaging, and she’s skilled in speaking to both parent and child.