Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay’s first book, The Defining Decade, inspired one of the most-watched TED talks of all time – Why 30 is Not the New 20 – with over nine million views. Now she comes to the how to: Academy with a new talk on people who having shouldered greater than average hardship as children defy expectation and achieve better than average success as adults. Whether it was experiencing parental divorce or growing up with an alcohol or drug-abusing family member, the people Meg Jay will introduce us to are all survivors. She will explore what they have in common that made it possible for them to transcend the trauma of their early years and to build successful adult lives. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ‘This extraordinary book taught me more about resilience than anything else I’ve read. With the ear of a therapist and the voice of a novelist, Meg Jay delves deep into the human condition to illuminate how we find strength after suffering. It’s impossible to read Supernormal without seeing yourself in it – and without seeing yourself more clearly too’- ADAM GRANT, author of ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg. Read more.
This unmissable talk by the Harvard Professor of Genetics David Reich will show how the revolution in the study of ancient DNA is radically changing our picture of human history and ancestry. Through comparing the genomes of ancient modern humans, archaic humans and present-day populations, ancient migrations and ghosts of long-lost populations are now being revealed. Professor Reich will also explain what the latest research tells us about the often surprising ancestry of the people who now inhabit Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and share new insights into how human populations spread across the world. Join us to learn who we are and how we got here. Read more.
In this talk, consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto will cut through all the nonsense that we read online or in magazines, and give us expert advice on a variety of skin issues and how best to look after our skin. From morning and night-time routines, to dealing with common skin complaints such as acne, rosacea and pigmentation, to how stress, pollution and diet impact our skin and how to look after our skin at any age, Dr Mahto will provide us with a complete guide to having radiant, healthy skin for the rest of our life. She will also decode the jargon of cosmetics advertising and advise what ingredients to look for in the products we buy. Read more.
In this talk Jeremy Bailenson, the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will discuss how Virtual Reality technology will shape the future and how it can be used to hone our performance, improve our learning and communication abilities, and enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities. Join us to understand how our world will be changed with the introduction of Virtual Reality technology. Read more.