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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

By Alan Alda
Hosted by Caltech Theatre Arts Director Brian Brophy

The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read what’s probably going on in the minds of others.

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Kindred

By Octavia Butler
Hosted by Melanie Masterton Sherazi

Butler is a Pasadena native, the first African-American science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Kindred tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. You can find the book on Amazon, or read the recent graphic novel adaptation to participate.

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