Gutman Library Book Talks celebrate the scholarship of Harvard Graduate School of Education community members and provide a venue for critical discussion and engagement with current issues in the field of education research, practice and policy.

Can I attend?

Book Talks are free and open to the public.

If you or another Book Talks attendee require reasonable accommodations, please contact Lydia Hogan at lydia_hogan@gse.harvard.edu or (617) 384-0127. 

Can you feature my book?

If you would like your book considered for the Book Talks series, please review the general planning information below and then contact Rebecca Martin at Gutman Library at rebecca_martin@gse.harvard.edu or (617) 496-3108.

FAQs for Interested Authors


Book Talks occur at HGSE Monday-Friday. We can schedule a lunch time event, if you want an HGSE/Harvard centered audience, or an evening time event, if you prefer a broader community event. Whether lunchtime or evening time, our events are open to the public. Book talks typically run for 1-1.5 hours, depending on your preference.


Book Talks typically take the form of an author giving a presentation about the book, the research process, the findings, etc., followed by a Q&A. However, the form of the event is really up to you. If you would prefer a panel presentation, whether one or more other colleagues, an interactive learning activity, a formal reading, etc. we are happy to accommodate. We will coordinate with a local bookstore to sell copies of the book before/after the event; it would be up to you if you would like to do a formal book signing.


For both lunchtime and evening events, Gutman Library will cover costs related to catering. During lunchtime events, we typically have a sandwich spread/buffet; for evening, we do light refreshments, including cheese, crackers, fruit, coffee and tea.


We are not able to cover or reimburse travel or any related expenses for authors.