Unexpected Power: Stories, Science, and Social Change

Beneath the big story of autism, an unnoticed revolution is underway, revealing unseen influences on pregnancy and early childhood. Corporate greed is selling out the health of America’s children. Parents are discovering an unexpected power as they tell their stories, delve into the science, and press for social change. Join the authors—each with a new book to share—in a conversation about stunning new truths, strength in numbers, and the surprising impact of “no thanks.”

Louise Kuo Habakus

Louise Kuo Habakus is the executive director and co-founder of the Center for Personal Rights, and executive director of the Freedom of Health Foundation. She lectures widely and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The New York Times. Louise was a Bain consultant and a senior executive for Putnam Investments and Prudential Financial. She holds two degrees from Stanford University. Louise is lead editor of Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children (Skyhorse, 2012). http://amzn.to/ZoUc28

Jennifer Margulis, PhD

Jennifer Margulis, PhD is award winning journalist and a Schuster Institute Fellow at Brandeis University. She has worked in international development on a child survival campaign, and in international human rights advocacy. A former contributing editor to Mothering magazine, Jennifer has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, and on the cover of Smithsonian. Her work has been chosen for inclusion in Best American Science Writing. She holds degrees from Emory, University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell. Her newest book is The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line (Scribner, 2013) http://amzn.to/12VPbU0

Alison MacNeil

Alison MacNeil, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge MA with more than 15 years of clinical experience. Alison holds degrees from Trinity and Smith, and was an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. She and her son were featured in the Autism Now series, with her father, former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil. Alison is a co-founder of the Thinking Moms' Revolution, and a contributing author of a new book with the same title (Skyhorse, 2013). http://amzn.to/ZoUc28