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Lectures

2019 – 2020 Season

Tara Westover

Tue, Oct 1 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Tara Westover, whose bestselling memoir, Educated, explores the tension between loyalty to one’s family and loyalty to oneself and tells a universal story about the transformative power of education.
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Philip Glass

Thu, Oct 3 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This special evening with Philip Glass and Pico Iyer brings together two unique and commanding cross-cultural interpreters for an intimate conversation about life, creativity and the global soul.
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America Ferrera

Fri, Oct 11 / 7:30 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

A wide-ranging talk and moderated Q&A with award-winning actor, director, producer and activist America Ferrera, who uses her voice to speak up for more humanity and justice in the world.
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Joel Sartore

Sun, Oct 13 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project is the largest archive of its kind with nearly 8,000 images of the world’s species and counting. His stunning, provocative portraits convey a powerful message: To know these animals is to save them.
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Elaine Weiss

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

The 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.
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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 Perell invites a nuanced framework for the intricacies of love and desire.
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Douglas Brinkley

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.
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Elaine Pagels

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

Renowned scholar Elaine Pagels is the National Book Award-winning author of the groundbreaking work The Gnostic Gospels and bestselling books including Beyond Belief, Adam, Eve and the Serpent and Revelations. In her newest, most personal book, Why Religion?, Pagels looks back on a rich life of learning, writing, loving, suffering and seeking truth.
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Jon Meacham

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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David Brooks

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

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

A women’s rights icon and powerful advocate for equality who brought sexual harassment to our national conversation 28 years ago, Anita Hill inspires others to speak truth to power in order to foster true change.
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Jill Lepore

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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Samin Nosrat, Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri, Apr 3 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A mouthwatering evening with James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors and chefs Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi, sharing their passion for everything food as they dish secrets from the kitchen.
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Bryan Stevenson

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. He recently spearheaded the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
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Mohsin Hamid

Fri, Apr 17 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Known for his ingeniouslycrafted literary works, the Pakistan-born novelist Mohsin Hamid has quickly emerged as a clarion voice of his generation. The awardwinning author takes on ethnic identity, class disparity and mass-urbanization in his bold, inventive novels including Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Moth Smoke.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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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Elizabeth Strout

Tue, May 12 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

An award-winning author and New York Times Best Seller List mainstay, Elizabeth Strout captivates audiences with her finely-drawn characters, incisive prose and her powerful ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Strout’s lauded collection of works of fiction include the Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Olive Kitteridge, The Burgess Boys and My Name Is Lucy Barton.
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