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Aaron Hirsh is chair of the Vermilion Sea Institute. He is a research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his essays have appeared in literary journals, The New York Times, and The Best American Science Writing. Hirsh cofounded the biotechnology company InterCell and serves on the board of Roberts and Company Publishers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Aaron Hirsh
Do Words Still Have Power
Ari Honarvar
Rumi's Gift

William Ury is an American author, academic, anthropologist, and negotiation expert. He co-founded the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Additionally, he helped found the International Negotiation Network with former President Jimmy Carter.

William Ury
The Abraham Path

Peggy Piesche is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar whose work is centered in Black European Studies.She has published on racialized and Black Images (imagery), colonial history and collective memories.

Peggy Piesche
The Return of Race in Current Debates: The Refugee Crisis

Tim Seastedt is an ecologist at CU Boulder. He received a Boulder Pacesetter Award in 2005 and a 2015 award for Excellence in Leadership and Service by the Boulder Faculty Assembly. He is a member of the Board of Directors and an occasional crew leader for the Wildland Restoration Volunteers.

Tim Seastedt
An Ecologists View of Climate Change on the Front Range

Wendy is the Founder & Executive Director of the Grief Support Network. This non-profit organization empowers people to transform through their experience with grief and move forward after a loss.

Wendy Stern
The Gift of Grief
GW Hardin
The Threat of Human 3.0

Jon Lipsky is retired from the service of the FBI. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from UCI. In 2005 Mr. Lipsky testified as a subject matter expert regarding Rocky Flats operations.

Jon Lipsky
Rocky Flats: Patently Illegal Activities
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