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Best-Selling Author to Give Virtual Presentation
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/10/2021

Best-selling author Emily Oster is scheduled to give a virtual talk to NDSU Sept. 23 at 3 p.m.

Oster will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Scott Beaulier, Ronald and Kaye Olson Dean of Business at NDSU. Following the presentation, Oster will answer questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public. A live audience and reception is set to be held in the Louise S. Barry Auditorium at NDSU's Richard H. Barry, where hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Virtual attendance is available on Zoom at

"We are thrilled to be launching our 2021-2022 Menard Speaker Series with Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University. With COVID-19 cases climbing across the country, Emily's timing in visiting us couldn't be better," Beaulier said. "In our conversation, we'll talk about how to make smart decisions related to Covid-19 risk, how she became the national hub for school-related Covid data and why we should all calm down a bit on many different dimensions related to parenting. This is a conversation I'm really looking forward to."

Oster is the author of "Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know," "Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool" and her newest book, "The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years." Her academic work focuses on health economics and statistical methods. In addition, Oster writes the newsletter ParentData, and her work has been featured in national news outlets.

The talk is part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. The series invites world thought leaders to share their ideas with the NDSU community on big questions that explore ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity.

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