Malibu Library Speaker Series

About the Series

Since 2013, the Malibu Library Speaker Series, a program of the Malibu Library, part of LA County Library, and the City of Malibu, has featured experts, authors, and other notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects, including the entertainment industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment.

Bestselling Author Alfie Kohn

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265
Free with RSVP. Please RSVP online or by calling the Malibu Library at 310-456-6438.

Alfie Kohn PhotoThe Malibu Library Speaker Series presents education researcher, Alfie Kohn who will discuss his book, "The (progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve." Mr. Kohn explores the alternatives to conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn’t just a realistic alternative but one that’s far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.Mr. Kohn is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including "Punished by Rewards" (1993), "The Schools Our Children Deserve" (1999), "Unconditional Parenting" (2005), "The Homework Myth" (2006), and "The Myth of the Spoiled Child" (2014).  

He has appeared twice on “Oprah,” as well as on “The Today Show” and many other TV and radio programs, and has been described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” Kohn works with educators and parents across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org

Past Notable Speakers

  • Bestselling author Susan Orlean
  • Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates
  • Bestselling author Eric Schlosser
  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Former Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert and author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author
  • Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of "The Glass Castle"
  • Climate change champion and author Bill McKibben