2016-2017 Season

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Michael Lewis

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Michael Lewis is a non-fiction writer and one of today’s leading social commentators. He takes a fresh, hard look at the ever-changing value systems that drive our economic markets, political landscapes and cultural norms. Some of his best-selling books include Moneyball, the Blind Side and the Big Short.

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Brian Greene

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Brian Greene is a theoretical physicist. He is an entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. His national bestseller The Elegant Universe became an Emmy and Peabody award-winning NOVA special that Greene hosted. He co-founded The World Science Festival with the mission to take science out of the laboratory, and recently launched World Science U, a series of free online courses.

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Jay Leno

Wednesday-January 18, 2017

Comedian Jay Leno is known as one of the nicest and hardest working men in show business. As host of the Tonight Show he dominated the TV late night ratings for more than two decades. His “everyman” style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans worldwide.

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Fareed Zakaria

Monday February 27, 2017

Journalist Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, the go-to show for those seeking smart commentary and civil conversation about global challenges. Dr. Zakaria is a contributing editor to the Washington Post and The Atlantic and author of several New York Times bestsellers. He is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends.

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Julia Gillard

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Former Head of State Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. She was the country’s first female Prime Minister from 2010-2013. She developed nation-changing policies, including reforming Australia’s education at every level and improving healthcare. She received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.

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Cheryl Strayed

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was made into a movie in 2014. Shattered by two major life events at age 22, she decided to trek over 1,000 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border; and found inner peace.