FARGO – Best-selling author and professor Emily Oster will be talking about parenting in a pandemic at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at North Dakota State University. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be offered in person as well as virtually.

Oster will be talking with Scott Beaulier, dean of Business, and then will answer questions from the audience.

"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," Beaulier said in a press release.

Oster teaches economics at Brown University, writes the newsletter ParentData and has authored three books: “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 “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.” Oster's work has been featured on national news outlets, and she is married with two children.

The in-person event will be held in the Louise S. Barry Auditorium at NDSU's Richard H. Barry Hall. Food and drinks will be served following the event.

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Virtual attendees can register at ndsu.edu/challeyinstitute/events.

Oster's presentation is part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. The series offers thought leaders an opportunity to share with NDSU ideas about how to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity, according to the press release. Learn more about the institute and series at www.ndsu.edu/challeyinstitute.