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Author Bonnie Garmus on 'Lessons in Chemistry'

Bonnie Garmus, author, 'Lessons in Chemistry'
Bonnie Garmus, author, 'Lessons in Chemistry'

Author Bonnie Garmus on 'Lessons in Chemistry'

Thursday, May 2, 2024
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall

The annual Cubberley Lecture Series presents an evening with author Bonnie Garmus in conversation with Professor Christine Min Wotipka.

The event is sold out. 

“Courage is the root of change—and change is what we’re chemically designed to do.”

What can we do to build more inclusive and respectful learning environments and experiences in the sciences? How can families and educators prepare young people to see themselves in any profession that inspires them regardless of social expectations? Where does the responsibilIty for change start? Join author Bonnie Garmus in conversation with Associate Professor Christine Min Wotipka as they explore these and other timeless and timely questions.

5:00 p.m. | Reception and Stanford Bookstore book sales: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Ford Fountains and McCaw Hall Foyer

5:45 p.m. | Doors open: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall 

6:00 p.m. | Program begins: Fireside chat and Q&A

7:15 p.m. | Book signing

8:00 p.m. | Event concludes

BONNIE GARMUS is the author of Lessons in Chemistry, a number-one global bestseller and winner of several national and international awards, including Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year, Hay Festival’s Book of the Year, Goodreads Choice Award Debut of the Year, British Book Awards Author of the Year, Waterstones Author of the Year, Books Are My Bag Author of the Year Award, and Readers’ Choice Award, Germany and Australia’s Booksellers Book of the Year, Australia’s International Book of the Year, and many more. It was also selected by Queen Camilla for the Queen’s Reading Room and has been on the New York Times, Sunday Times, and Der Spiegel bestseller lists for nearly two years. Currently published in forty-two territories, it has sold almost seven million copies.

In conversation with:

CHRISTINE MIN WOTIPKA, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Director, ICE/IEPA Master's Programs, Resident Fellow, EAST House

Wotipka’s research focuses on gender, diversity, leadership, and higher education and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.


  • Tickets: Each guest is welcome to register for one complimentary ticket.
  • Recording: The event will not be live streamed. If you would like to request a recording of the program, please complete this form. A video link will be emailed to you within a week of the event at the email address you submit on the form. The link will be active for 30 days.
  • Book Signing: You are welcome to bring your own copy of Lessons in Chemistry or purchase through the Stanford Bookstore on May 2nd at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.
  • Seating: Seating is general admission, first-come, first served for all ticket-holders. The event will begin on time, please allow plenty of time to get from your parking place to McCaw Hall before the doors open at 5:45 p.m. You must be seated in the auditorium by 6:00 p.m. to secure your place. We will admit walk-in guests to open seats from 6:00 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.
  • Accommodations: For disability-related accommodations, please contact the Diversity & Access Office by April 22 by calling 650.725.0326 or emailing disability.access@stanford.edu.
  • Parking: Recommended (free) parking is located at the Galvez Lot located at the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive on the Stanford campus.
  • Learn about past Cubberley Lectures here

Stanford Graduate School of Education is grateful to the following Stanford partners and co-sponsors:

Stanford Storytelling Project, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Garmus photo credit: Serena Bolton

Event Details


Event Admission 
Open to public
Price 
Free
Event Audience 
Faculty/Staff
PhD Students
MA/MS Students
Alumni/Friends
Undergraduates
Educators
Parents
Sponsor 
Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford Storytelling Project, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Contact Information


Contact Name 
Holly Materman
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