Joining us will be a panel of popular, distinguished local figures who are also published authors: Dr. Richard Deming, Neil Hamilton, and Jim Autry. We’ll be discussing their works and how their unique experiences in Des Moines and Iowa led them to where they are now. -- Dr. Richard Deming is medical director of MercyOne Richard Deming Cancer Center in Des Moines. Dr. Deming is known in the community for the compassionate care he provides cancer patients and their families. He is involved in many national, state, and community organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Dr. Deming's book Above and Beyond Cancer is about the philosophical journeys of ordinary people - caregivers, patients, survivors and loved ones - whose lives have been touched by cancer. It features insights from Dr. Deming, the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer, as well as excerpts from members of Above + Beyond Cancer who have hiked the jagged peaks of Mt. Everest and other mountains with the group. -- Neil Hamilton is an emeritus professor of law and the former director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University in Des Moines. He retired from full-time teaching in 2019 after thirty-eight years focusing on agriculture and food law. Teaching, writing, and consulting work led to travels around the globe and across the state and nation. His advice is sought by Presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, reporters, and others looking for insight on issues involving farming, rural society, conservation, and land tenure.
His new book, The Land Remains, blends personal memoir, a history of Iowa land conservation, and an analysis of contemporary issues of soil health, water quality, public lands, and future challenges to tell the story how land shapes our lives. The Land Remains identifies reasons to be optimistic—we can find hope and resiliency from the land by examining how new attitudes toward land can address past abuses. -- Jim Autry is an author, poet, business coach, and former Fortune 500 executive. He's authored 15 books, including Everyday Virtues: Classic Tales to Read with Kids, his first father/son collaboration. It was co-authored with his son, Rick. Jim's previous works include books on servant leadership, gratitude, business, and poetry.