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Hayim Herring, PhD, is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in faith-based communities. A former congregational rabbi and “C-suite” nonprofit executive, Hayim blends original research and real-world experience to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve their greatest impact.

Social isolation, loneliness, and suicide are conditions we often associate with the elderly. But in reality, these issues have sharply increased across younger generations. Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials, and post-Millennials all report a declining number of friends and an increasing number of health issues associated with loneliness. In his book, "Connecting Generations," Hayim Herring focuses on how Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials perceive one another and looks underneath the generational labels that compound isolation. 

Tommy Orange and book cover for "There There"
Author Photo - Elena Seibert

Tommy Orange’s powerful and urgent Native American voice has exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. His debut novel, “There There,” interweaves the experiences of twelve people who gather in Oakland for a pow wow. It is a multigenerational story about violence, recovery, hope, and loss.

Jez Butterworth’s, “The Ferryman” is currently running on Broadway at The Jacobs Theatre. The New York Times review of the production called the show “... an endlessly vibrant work, directed with sweeping passion and meticulous care by Sam Mendes.” The review went on to say: “This is theater as charged and expansive as life itself.” The West End production won three Obie Awards - including Best New Play and Best Director.

Set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981, The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. Three generations of Carney’s live in the house - a family tree with a jumble of branches connecting on this special annual event to cousins, strays, and - unwanted by most in the house - a cause with dire consequences.

Mark Lambert plays Uncle Patrick Carney - or “Uncle Pat” - a jovial storyteller and keeper of household tradition. Lambert, who has an illustrious career on the stage primarily in London and Dublin, makes his Broadway debut in "The Ferryman."

"Down the Up Staircase" tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations, connecting its journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem over the past century.

Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch capture the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the twentieth century as well as the many forces that ravaged black communities, including Haynes's own.

As an authority on race and urban communities, Haynes brings unique sociological insights to the American mobility saga and the tenuous nature of status and success among the black middle class. Bruce Haynes joins us.

Thomas A. Kochan, is the George M. Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Relations at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research.

"Shaping the Future of Work" lays out a comprehensive strategy for changing the course the American economy and employment system have been on for the past 30 years. The goal is to create more productive businesses that also provide good jobs and careers and by doing so build a more inclusive economy and broadly shared prosperity. This will require workers to acquire new sources of bargaining power and for business, labor, government, and educators to work together to meet the challenges and opportunities facing the next generation workforce.

What is the truth about the millennial generation?

The new book, The Millennial Mindset, offers parents, educators, managers, and co-workers insights and suggestions on how to engage, prepare, and foster the Millennial generation in all aspects of life.

Through interviews with millennials and those who work with or otherwise engage them, Regina Luttrell and Karen McGrath offer ways for Millennials to better understand older generations and their peers so they can coexist without animosity in today’s fast-paced globalized world.

They also offer insight into Millennial characteristics, passions, and goals for those who work with, live with, or otherwise co-exist with Millennials.

  For the current generation of youth- an app at the fingertips is the natural way to address almost any task. Their fluent use of mobile apps from an early age makes them different from all previous generations - even from young adults who grew up with the internet.

There is much speculation about the impact of this constant immersion in new technologies. Do apps open new horizons, or limit creativity? Do today’s youth have a firmer or a more fragmented sense of identity? Are social media enriching young peoples’ lives or impoverishing their relationships?

In the new book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and digital media expert Katie Davis look at original research that illuminates these important questions.