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2019 – 2020 Season

John Kasich

It’s Up to Us: Bringing About Meaningful Change

Wed, Oct 23 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Former governor of Ohio John Kasich shares the guiding principles that have informed his public life, offering observations on how to bring about meaningful change.

Elaine Weiss

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Sun, Nov 3 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Prize-winning journalist and author Elaine Weiss recounts the riveting story of one of America’s greatest battles: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Esther Perel

Wed, Dec 4 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Through her work on erotic intelligence, trauma, sexual honesty and conflict resolution, groundbreaking couples psychotherapist Esther Perel examines the intricacies of love and desire.

Douglas Brinkley

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy
and the Great Space Race

Thu, Dec 5 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley takes a fresh look at America’s race to the moon.

Elaine Pagels

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Jan 9 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

In conversation with Pico Iyer, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels looks at her bestselling works including The Gnostic Gospels, Beyond Belief, Adam, Eve and the Serpent and Why Religion?

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.

Joy Harjo

An Evening with the U.S. Poet Laureate

Wed, Feb 5 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A visionary poet of the Mvskoke/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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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