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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
True Story

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This session features four very different but utterly fascinating true stories, told one at a time. In Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, Nathalia Holt explains how a team of young women mathematicians, using pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design in the early days of our nation’s space program. Daniel Korschun’s We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business, tells the incredible, local story about how workers and customers joined forces in support of an ousted CEO. Eric Jay Dolin sheds light on the poignant story of lighthouses and their role in American history in Brilliant Beacons. And John Kaag, in his highly praised American Philosophy: A Love Story, explains how he stumbled on a rare book collection and found both meaning and love. Discuss these amazing works with host Lisa Pierpont, editor in chief of Boston Common Magazine.

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Lisa Pierpont

Previously a three-time Emmy Award-winning producer for Chronicle on WCVB-TV, Lisa Pierpont is the founder and editor in chief of Boldfacers.com, as well as the current editor in chief of Boston Common magazine. An expert on style, events, and people, Pierpont is also a contributing writer for various publications, including DailyCandy.com, Boston Common magazine, Improper Bostonian, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Globe, where she writes the Ask... Read More →

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Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin is a bestselling author of American history and a graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in Environmental Policy. His acclaimed nonfiction work includes Fur, Fortune, and Empire, winner of the James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association; Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was named a Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe best book of the year; and When America First... Read More →
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Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt is a science writer and New York Times bestselling author of Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. She was trained as a fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Slate, Time.com, and Popular Science. Her most recent work, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to Moon to Mars, is a... Read More →
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John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, specializing in aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and American philosophy. He is the author of Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism and Thinking Through the Imagination: Aesthetics in Human Cognition, and his writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In... Read More →
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Daniel Korschun

Daniel Korschun is a scholar, award-winning writer, and an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, where he is also a fellow of the Institute for Strategic Leadership and the Center for Corporate Governance at the Lebow College of Business. His current research focuses on corporate social responsibility the reaction of employees, customers, and stakeholders to companies taking stances on politically divisive issues. His latest... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA