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Kelly McGonigal

The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection and Courage

Tue, Apr 13 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Health psychologist and Stanford Lecturer Dr. Kelly McGonigal shows how and why movement is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety and loneliness.
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Ranky Tanky

Thu, Apr 15 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Winner of the 2020 Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album, Ranky Tanky is a dynamo quintet with an inspired take on the soulful songs of South Carolina’s Gullah culture.

Mohsin Hamid

Speaking with Pico

Fri, Apr 16 / 7:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

(Note special start time.) Mohsin Hamid takes on identity and mass-urbanization in his bold, inventive novels including Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke.

Ephrat Asherie Dance


Tue, Apr 20 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

A New York-based b-girl with extensive training in ballet and modern dance, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and her company reveal and explore the complexities of street dance forms.

Dr. Robert Bullard

The Quest for Environmental and Racial Justice

Wed, Apr 21 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

With more than four decades of action advocating for racial equality and fair environmental and urban planning, Dr. Robert Bullard is widely considered the father of the environmental justice movement.

Theaster Gates

Thu, Apr 29 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

An artist, musician and cultural planner, Theaster Gates draws on his training in urban planning to redeem spaces that have been left behind, upturning art values, land values and human values.

Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Fri, Apr 30 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

MacArthur Fellow Bryan Stevenson is an attorney, human rights activist, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Heather McGhee

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Tue, May 4 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is the author of The Sum of Us, which reveals the devastating true cost of racism, not just for people of color, but for everyone.

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Songs of Comfort and Hope

Wed, May 5 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma and acclaimed pianist Kathryn Stott perform selections from their recent album, featuring traditional and new takes on familiar works from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Arthur C. Brooks

National Renewal

Tue, May 11 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Drawing on social science and a decade of experience leading the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks shows that what the country needs is not agreement, but better disagreement.

Patrisse Cullors

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Dialogue

Wed, May 12 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Artist, organizer and educator Patrisse Cullors is co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and founder of Dignity and Power Now.

Creating Hope with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

In Conversation with Pico Iyer

Tue, May 18 / 8:30 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

In this keynote event of A&L's 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative, His Holiness is joined in conversation by Pico Iyer, a friend, observer and student of the Dalai Lama for more than 40 years.

Mira Nair

Speaking with Pico

Wed, May 26 / 5:00 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

One of the freshest and most fearless directors working today, Mira Nair's groundbreaking films include Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding and Queen of Katwe.

We Are the Dream

The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

Thu, Jun 3 / 8:30 PM Pacific / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

This uplifting documentary follows students from across Oakland as they hone speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hope for a coveted spot in the MLK Oratorical Fest finals.
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