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2020 – 2021 Season

Brittany K. Barnett

Tue, Oct 27 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

A decorated attorney and activist, Brittany K. Barnett showcases the impact that formerly incarcerated people can have when they are able to not only survive, but thrive.

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter

Tue, Nov 17 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

This film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Dawn Porter will explore Congressman Lewis' legacy of fearless protest and how we can keep his campaign for justice alive.

Sister Helen Prejean

Thu, Nov 19 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean ignited a national debate on capital punishment with her bestselling book Dead Man Walking.

Cheryl Strayed

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Dec 3 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Author of the bestselling books Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed encourages readers to live large, love hard and be brave enough to break their own hearts.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tue, Dec 8 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

MacArthur Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones is the creator of The New York Times Magazine's The 1619 Project, about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tue, Jan 12 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Drawing comparisons to James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power and The Water Dancer.

Anne Lamott

Notes on Hope

Thu, Jan 14 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

In this candid, insightful and hilarious House Calls program and Q&A, bestselling author Anne Lamott will help us rediscover the nuggets of hope that are buried within.

Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Tue, Jan 26 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.

Puzzles & Ping-Pong with Will Shortz

Thu, Jan 28 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

New York Times crossword editor and avid table tennis player Will Shortz answers your puzzle-related puzzlements from his famed Westchester Table Tennis Center.

Yvon Chouinard

Protecting Public Land

Tue, Feb 9 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A moderated conversation with Yvon Chouinard and featuring clips from Patagonia’s upcoming film, Public Trust.

Samin Nosrat
and Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri, Mar 5 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A mouthwatering evening with two James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors and chefs, who will share their passion for everything food as they dish secrets from the kitchen.

Ann Patchett

Sun, Mar 7 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A celebrated author and champion of literary culture, Patchett was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People for her efforts on behalf of independent booksellers, books and bookstores.

José Andrés

Changing the World Through the Power of Food

Sun, Mar 14 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A two-star Michelin chef with an award-winning group of restaurants and several cookbooks, José Andrés is changing the world through food as founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen.

Moshin Hamid

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, Apr 16 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Mohsin Hamid takes on ethnic identity, class disparity and mass-urbanization in his bold, inventive novels including Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke.

Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice:
Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Fri, Apr 30 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

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

Andrew Yang

Sun, May 2 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A noted entrepreneur and the author of The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang was named Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship during the Obama administration.

Arthur C. Brooks

National Renewal

Tue, May 11 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Drawing on cutting-edge 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.

Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, May 13 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Elizabeth Strout's lauded collection of works of fiction include the Pulitzer-winning short story collection Olive Kitteridge, The Burgess Boys and My Name Is Lucy Barton.

Ami Vitale

Wild Hope

Sun, May 16 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning photographer Ami Vitale has spent years producing work that illuminates the unsung heroes and communities protecting our wildlife and finding harmony in our natural world.

David Sedaris

Tue, May 18 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

David Sedaris is a master of satire, known for his wit, weirdness and seriously funny observations about himself, his unique family and the world around him.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Americans Reaching for Hope

Thu, May 20 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Renowned for their tireless advocacy of human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn now issue a plea to address the crisis in working-class America.
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