Bryan Series


Our first Guilford College Bryan Series Read features Bryan Stevenson's best-selling book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. 

Desmond Tutu called Bryan “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Best-selling author and attorney John Grisham said, “Bryan Stevenson is doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.”

Scuppernong Books at 304 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro is offering a 10% discount on the purchase of the book. Community discussions about Just Mercy will be held at Scuppernong on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 7.

More information about Just Mercy, including a discussion guide, is available at

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The Bryan Series is a Guilford College program. Please contact us if we can assist you.

Suzanne Ingram, associate director of the Bryan Series
Ty Buckner, associate vice president

Phone: 336.316.2852 (Ingram)
336.316.2308 (recorded event information)

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Greensboro, NC 27410


Bryan Series

2016-17 SEASON
For twenty years, the Guilford College Bryan Series has presented thought-provoking talks on relevant topics that matter to you. The experts we bring to our region are not just thought leaders; they are paradigm shifters whose ideas spark the next step forward and get us all talking about exciting possibilities. In the past, our lineup has included two former U.S. Secretaries of State, four heads of state, five Nobel Prize laureates, ten Pulitzer Prize winners—and winners of MacArthur Fellowships and Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards. We hope you will join us for the 2016-17 season. Bring your curiosity, become inspired and begin a conversation about what you learn. Every talk is a chance for change.

See who the Bryan Series is featuring for the 2016-17 academic year, and reserve your tickets, below.


Shaking Up the Food System

A sustainable food advocate and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Pollan has changed the conversation about how we eat, grow, cook, buy and sell food.


Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Michael writes books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, Food Rules and Cooked. A New York Times Magazine contributing writer, he has received numerous writing awards. In 2009, he was named one of the top 10 New Thought Leaders by Newsweek, and in 2010 he was chosen for the TIME 100.

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Preparing for Life on Mars

Astronauts and identical twins, Mark and Scott Kelly are helping NASA plan for the future of space travel and exploration.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
During his NASA career, Mark commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavour, including its final flight in May 2011, and Space Shuttle Discovery. On March 1, 2016, Scott returned from 340 days on the International Space Station, a historic expedition laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. Over the past year the identical twins partnered to participate in a NASA study on how space affects the human body.


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Fighting for their Rights

With clients who range from political prisoners and ousted heads of state, Amal Clooney is a prominent voice for human rights, fighting against sex trafficking and genocide around the world. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Amal is an Oxford and New York University-educated human rights lawyer who frequently advises governments on international law. Her clients range from political prisoners and ousted heads of state to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. Born in Lebanon, she practices at Doughty Street Chambers in London.

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Bringing the Universe Down to Earth

As the director of one of the world’s most amazing planetariums, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rock-star astrophysicist with a worldwide following, revered for his ability to enchant audiences on all things space and science.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 7 p.m.
Director of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium, Neil is host of the radio show and podcast “StarTalk.” A passionate advocate for science education, he served as executive editor, host and narrator for the primetime television series “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.” His 10th book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, lays out his thoughts on the past, present and future of space exploration.

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Living a Social Justice Commitment

Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is doing powerful work that is changing our ability to help the wrongly convicted.


Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Bryan is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is a New York Times best seller. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called him “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and was one of the TIME 100 in 2015.

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Advocating for science education and helping us see life with more insight and humor

How do we squeeze the most juice out of life? Writer, actor and science education advocate, Alan Alda has a perspective that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is inclusive.


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m. 
Alan has been an actor, writer, science advocate and director in a career spanning six decades—winning seven Emmys, six Golden Globes and three DGA awards for directing. One of TV Guide’s top 50 greatest television stars of all-time, he is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in “The Aviator.” He hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for 11 years and authored two New York Times best sellers.

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