Bryan Series to Host Robert Gates, Itzhak Perlman
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will open Guilford College’s Bryan Series in October, highlighting a 2013-14 season that will include a presentation by violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.
Robert will speak Oct. 29 in the first of five programs, all at War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro. He will be followed by scientist and explorer Robert Ballard Nov. 19, Itzhak Feb. 13, poet Elizabeth Alexander March 4, and 60 Minutes correspondents Steve Kroft and Lara Logan April 8. Itzhak will speak and perform during his presentation.
Ticket information is available online at bryanseries.guilford.edu. The series has been sold out on a subscription basis four of the last five years. If new subscriptions are available, they will be sold beginning in June.
Robert Gates, the third cabinet secretary to appear in the series, was defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2006-11. During his career he served eight different presidents and became the only career officer to rise from entry-level employee to director of the CIA. He was the president of Texas A&M University.
Robert Ballard is best-known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck. He is a veteran of more than 125 expeditions, many in search of lost ships and ancient artifacts, and the founder and president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn. He is director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.
Itzhak is regarded as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early 21st centuries and has received four Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors. Following his studies at the Juilliard School, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition. He has appeared with every major orchestra worldwide.
Elizabeth was the fourth poet to compose and deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration, “Praise Song for the Day,” in 2009. She has published five books of poems including American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is chair of Yale University’s Department of African American Studies.
Steve has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since May 1989 and has won five Peabody Awards, including two in the same year. He has a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Before joining 60 Minutes, he was a principal correspondent on the CBS News magazine West 57th and a foreign correspondent for CBS News based in the London bureau.
Lara joined 60 Minutes in 2006, the same year she became chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News. She has received two Emmy Awards as well as awards for international investigative reporting and enterprise reporting. Since her days as a young reporter in her native South Africa, she has confronted the harsh and dangerous realities of war.
Since 1996, the Bryan Series has presented 53 major lecture programs featuring six heads of state, five Nobel Prize laureates, two former U.S. Secretaries of State and winners of MacArthur Fellowships and Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards.