[amazon asin=0465029825&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Jerome Kagan, author of The Human Spark.
Topic: The science of human development.
Issues: Why claims of the impact of attachment are based on misinterpreted research; the intertwined development of language and morality; the limited effects of childhood on later life; the role that culture and historical era play in an individual’s development of traits.
[amazon asin=055380684X&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code
Topic: Greatness isn’t born, it’s grown.
Issues: The three elements of the talent code: deep practice, ignition, and master coaching; How to identify and encourage deep practice; motivational tools used by the worlds greatest teachers and motivators; how to recognize a growing skill
[amazon asin=0307386384&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Andrew Cherlin, author of The Marriage-Go-Round
Topic: The state of marriage and the family in America Today
Issues: Why religious Americans have a higher divorce rate than non-religious ones; the battle over same-sex marriages; why government support of marriage (over $100 million spent per year!) doesn’t produce the desired results.
My amazingly talented daughter, Tirzah, just finished her junior year at Bard College in upstate New York (Annandale-on-Hudson, for all you Steely Dan fans). She’s a photography major, and over the past year produced a wonderful body of work. Okay, I’ll admit to being a little biased, but once you take a look at her online portfolio, I’m sure you’ll agree. You’ll just have to take my word that she’s also delightful, smart, funny, and beautiful. Am I sounding enough like a proud dad?
Here’s a link to Tirzah’s portfolio.