Bill Nye


Famous for his persona and the show by the same name, "Bill Nye the Science Guy®," Nye's mission is to foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. The show won 18 Emmys in five years.

Nye returned to television with the release of his new series "Bill Nye Saves the World," which debuted on Netflix in April 2017.

Nye has written eight books for elementary and middle school students and three books for a general audience: Undeniable - Evolution and the Science of Creation, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, and Everything All At Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem.

Nye has also produced the DVD series "Solving for X," where he shows us how to do algebra along with the P, B, & J-the Passion, Beauty, and Joy-of math.

Nye discusses a science on news and television programs such as ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, TODAY, CBS This Morning, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and more.

After joining as a charter member in 1980, Nye is now the CEO of the Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group. Under his leadership, the non-for-profit society is growing and becoming more influential having members in 130 countries. In 2017, he was a co-chair in

Henry Louis Gates



Harvard University professor  Henry Louis Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-five books and created twenty-three documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, and Africa's Great Civilizations.


"Finding Your Roots," Gates' groundbreaking genealogy series now in its seventh season on PBS, has been called "one of the deepest and wisest series ever on television," leveraging "the inherent entertainment capacity of the medium to educate millions of Americans about the histories and cultures of our nation and the world."


His series "Reconstruction: America after the Civil War" (PBS, 2019) was a winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and his related book, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (Penguin Random House, 2019), was a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. Gates's newest film series is "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song" (PBS, 2021), with a Penguin Random House published a companion book under the same title.

Sonia Manzano



For over 40 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on "Sesame Street." Named among the 25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in the educational realm. A first generation American of Latin descent, Manzano's tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.


Recently, Scholastic and Manzano partnered to launch two middle-grade novels and two picture books. Some of Manzano's other books include her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (Scholastic), and a Christmas picture book, Miracle of 133rd Street (Simon & Schuster). Becoming Maria was praised by Kirkus Reviews for its "lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx," and calls it a touching memoir. Kirkus Reviews says "Manzano lovingly details life-changing moments," with a "stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character." Manzano's latest book, A World Together aims to promote unity by celebrating cultural and generational diversity.

Eric Liu



"Democracy works only when enough of us believe democracy works," says Eric Liu. How do we rekindle that belief? How do we, as individuals, organizations, communities, corporations, and professions reinvigorate the meaning and spirit of citizenship in America? These are the questions civic evangelist Eric Liu explores in his compelling, acclaimed talks-talks that celebrate our shared values and challenge Americans to live up to them. Liu is one of the country's most sought-after speakers on citizen power, civic health, the future of democracy, and American identity.


Liu, son of Chinese immigrants and former White House speechwriter, is the CEO of Citizen University, a nonprofit working to foster a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship. He also directs the Aspen Institute's Citizenship and American Identity program and is a correspondent at His eight books include You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen, and the national best-sellers The Gardens of Democracy and True Patriot.