Keynote Speakers


“Choose your own Adventure – Learning and Mindsets.”

Trevor Ragan

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 9:30am in 300A – C


Trevor is the founder of – a site devoted to discovering and sharing the science behind development and performance.



“Free Speech and Diversity: Connecting the Dots.”


James LaRue

Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 8:30am in 300A-C


In 2016, Scholastic Publishing offered a children’s book written, illustrated, and edited by women of color. “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” first met with critical praise – but then fierce condemnation. The publisher withdrew it from the market. In 2017, Simon and Schuster announced a $250,000 advance for a book by Internet troll and self-described “super-villain” Milo Yiannopoulos. The Chicago Review of Books announced a yearlong boycott of reviews on all S&S titles. Some librarians have said they would not buy the book for their libraries. What do librarians stand for: intellectual freedom, or social justice?