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Lectures

2019 – 2020 Season

Jon Meacham

America Then and Now:
What History Tells Us About the Future

Thu, Jan 30 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham examines the present moment in America by looking at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear.
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Joy Harjo

An Evening with the U.S. Poet Laureate

Wed, Feb 5 / 7:30 PM / FLEISCHMANN AUDITORIUM

A visionary poet of the Muscogee Creek Nation, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's wide-ranging body of work tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making.
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Understanding Genetics and Cancer

Featuring Dr. Mary-Claire King, the Scientist Who Discovered the BRCA1 Cancer Gene

Thu, Feb 6 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This free community event features National Medal of Science recipient Dr. Mary-Claire King followed by a panel discussion.
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David Brooks

The Quest for a Moral Life

Tue, Feb 11 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

One of America’s most prominent New York Times columnists explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.
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Anita Hill

From Social Movement to Social Impact:
Putting an End to Sexual Harassment

Wed, Feb 19 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A women’s rights icon and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill inspires others to speak truth to power in order to foster true change.
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Jill Lepore

This America: The Case for the Nation

Fri, Feb 21 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning Harvard historian, New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the rise of America and an urgent reckoning with our divided nation.
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Bill McKibben

Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of Reform

Sat, Feb 29 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Leading the movement against human-induced climate change, Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature and the new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Run Itself Out?
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Bill Bryson

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Mon, Mar 2 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, now takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body.
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David Wallace-Wells

Surviving the World: Making the Best of a Burdened Planet

Thu, Mar 5 / 7:30 PM / THE NEW VIC

Author of the bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells explores how climate change shapes our politics, our culture and our emotional lives.
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Brian Greene

Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

Mon, Mar 9 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Join celebrated theoretical physicist Brian Greene on a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.
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Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Gombe: 60 Years of Discovery

Tue, Mar 31 / 7:30 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

60 years on from her revolutionary work with chimpanzees in Tanzania, Jane Goodall still inspires each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and the planet we share.
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Samin Nosrat
and Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri, Apr 3 / 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.
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Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice:
Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Sun, Apr 5 / 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.
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Kandi White

Environmental Justice and Indigenous Communities

Mon, Apr 13 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A lead organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Kandi White is fighting the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on indigenous communities across North America.
FREE EVENT

Mohsin Hamid

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, Apr 17 / 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.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Sat, Apr 18 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Explore the history of African-American people from the origins of slavery in Africa through the present with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the country’s most influential cultural historians.
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Jane Lubchenco

From a Rude Awakening to a Bold New Vision: The Path from a Disastrous Oil Spill to a Sustainable Future

Wed, Apr 22 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

MacArthur fellow, former presidential advisor and distinguished professor Jane Lubchenco is a renowned marine biologist and champion of engagement between scientists and society.
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Yvon Chouinard

Protecting Public Land

Sun, Apr 26 / 3:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A moderated conversation with Yvon Chouinard and featuring clips from Patagonia’s upcoming film, This Land.
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Naomi Klein

The Case for a Green New Deal

Wed, Apr 29 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Award-winning journalist Naomi Klein is the bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything and her most recent, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.
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Elizabeth Rush

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Mon, May 4 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Author of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist Rising, Elizabeth Rush explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control.
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Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Tue, May 12 / 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.
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