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Julián Castro

Waking Up From My American Dream

Sun, Oct 10 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Former presidential candidate and U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro shares insight from his political journey and actionable ways we can effect change.

Paul Hawken

Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis
in One Generation

Wed, Oct 20 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Entrepreneur, author and activist Paul Hawken's visionary new approach to climate change weaves equity, climate, biodiversity and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy and transformation.

Vijay Gupta

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Oct 28 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Violinist, speaker and citizen artist Vijay Gupta is the founder of Street Symphony, an L.A.-based nonprofit that brings music to homeless and incarcerated communities, and co-founder of the Skid Row Arts Alliance.

Warrior Women

Featuring Madonna Thunder Hawk
and Marcella Gilbert

Wed, Nov 3 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

This documentary screening and conversation chronicles the work of a Lakota mother and daughter whose fight for Indigenous rights began in the late 1960s and continues to this day.

Michael Steele

How to Win Elections and Lose the Country

Thu, Nov 4 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

MSNBC political analyst and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele examines our political parties and the systems they create in the fight for electoral success.

Annette Gordon-Reed

On Juneteenth: ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History

Wed, Nov 10 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed weaves together history and heartfelt memoir to tell the sweeping story of Juneteenth and the larger fight for equality.

Cathy Park Hong

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Thu, Nov 18 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong integrates personal stories, historical context and cultural criticism into a radically honest meditation on the Asian-American experience.

Amanda Nguyen

“Hopeanomics” and How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Grassroots Activism

Wed, Jan 12 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Time magazine’s 100 Next lists, Amanda Nguyen helped draft the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and is the CEO and founder of Rise.

Andrea Elliott

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City

Thu, Jan 20 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Andrea Elliott examines homelessness and the dire state of poverty in America in Invisible Child, her five-part NYT series and subsequent book.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tales of Hope on the American Landscape

Thu, Feb 17 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Renowned journalists and human rights activists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have co-written the bestselling books Half the Sky, A Path Appears, Tightrope, China Wakes and Thunder From the East.

Roxane Gay

Roxane with One N

Fri, Feb 25 / 7:30 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

The author of celebrated books including Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Difficult Women, Roxane Gay critiques the ebb and flow of modern culture with wit and ferocity.

Erik Larson

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Wed, Mar 2 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

A master of narrative non-fiction, Erik Larson's many bestsellers include Thunderstruck, Dead Wake, Isaac’s Storm and the National Book Award-winning Devil in the White City.

Colson Whitehead

Thu, Apr 28 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Colson Whitehead is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of unforgettable novels such as The Underground Railroad, John Henry Days and The Nickel Boys.

Ami Vitale

Wild Hope

Sun, May 1 / 3:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale’s award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world.

David Sedaris

Fri, May 6 / 7:30 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Through his numerous essay collections and regular contributions to the New Yorker and This American Life, Sedaris has become one of today’s most beloved writers addressing the human condition.

Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, May 13 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

In her bestselling books including Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout captivates with her incisive prose and ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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