EDIFY Speaker Series Mission

To unleash and enlighten the intellectual curiosity of St. Michael’s students so that they may form the habits of mind and heart that will enable them to courageously contribute to the common good.


Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of science fiction. He has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars trilogy. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson's work has been labeled by The Atlantic as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing." According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is "generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers."

His many awards include:
  • 1984, World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, for "Black Air"
  • 1985, Locus Award for Best First Novel, for The Wild Shore
  • 1987, Nebula Award for Best Novella, for "The Blind Geometer"
  • 1991, John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, for Pacific Edge
  • 1991, Locus Award for Best Novella, for "A Short, Sharp Shock"
  • 1992, British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel, for Red Mars
  • 1993, Nebula Award for Best Novel, for Red Mars
  • 1994, Hugo Award for Best Novel, for Green Mars
  • 1994, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, for Green Mars
  • 1997, Hugo Award for Best Novel, for Blue Mars
  • 1997, Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Novel, for Red Mars
  • 1997, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, for Blue Mars
  • 1998, Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Novel, for Green Mars
  • 1999, Seiun Award for Best Foreign Novel, for Red Mars
  • 2000, Locus Award for Best Collection, for The Martians
  • 2003, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, for The Years Of Rice And Salt


Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness.

Ana's work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Fast Company, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, and ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit: www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.


Pioneering Adventurer. In 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each continent. 

Celebrated Author. In addition to being a renowned adventurer and speaker, Erik is also the author of Touch the Top of the World, which has been published in 12 languages. Erik’s second book, The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness, shares hard-earned lessons and practical advice for using adversity as fuel for growth and innovation. His latest book No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon was released in February 2017.