Bryan Series


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)

Mailing Address:
Bryan Series
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410


Bryan Series

2017-18 SEASON
For more than 20 years, the Guilford College Bryan Series has presented thought-provoking talks on today’s most relevant topics. Join us for the 2017-18 season as we feature inspiring speakers whose personal and professional experiences provide guidance for “Navigating change in a complex world.” The nationally recognized figures and emerging voices we bring to our region are not just thought leaders; they’re paradigm shifters whose ideas spark the next step forward. 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. Bring your curiosity, become inspired and begin a conversation about what you learn. Every talk is a chance for change.  

Our subscription renewal campaign is underway. New subscriptions will be available May 8 on this web page.

See who the Bryan Series is featuring for the 2017-18 academic year:


A speaker program for September 2017 will be announced April 6.


In the face of mental health challenges, how do we navigate the changes in our loved ones — and in ourselves?

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Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum
Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction, neuroscientist Lisa Genova is the author of four New York Times bestselling novels featuring characters who are facing the challenges of neurological diseases and disorders. Still Alice won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, among many others. The novel inspired an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore, who won the 2015 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland. In 2015, Genova was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging.



How can arts and culture give us different lenses through which to see people and important issues?

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum
Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom Jr. won a Grammy Award and the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of “Aaron Burr” in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton. With many awards and honors under his belt, Odom Jr. has also appeared on the small screen and is best-known for his portrayal of “Sam Strickland” in the NBC musical series Smash, and his role as “Reverend Curtis Scott” on Law & Order: SVU. The New York Times calls Odom Jr. one of the “Young Rebels Changing History and Theater.”




By tackling serious topics — such as Islamophobia — in a disarming manner, how might we, as a society, come to better understand the issues at hand?

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REZA ASLAN – Special Event

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – Dana Auditorium at Guilford College
Reza Aslan addresses topics of Islam, the Middle East and Muslim Americans with authority, wit and infectious optimism. He is the author of several popular books including the international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. He’s also the host of CNN’s show on world religions, Believer, and author and producer of other important works that speak to the masses.





In a world teeming with fake news and misleading headlines, how can a knowledgeable perspective help us adjust to change in a complex world?


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum
The longest-serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel is recognized around the world as a trusted and respected voice on current events and issues of global importance. With his trademark wisdom, wit, warmth and superb storytelling skills, Koppel shares with audiences his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of foreign policy, the alarming partisanship and acrimony that has taken over the political process, economic challenges, social issues of the day — and the people behind the scenes.



How can social media and storytelling about fellow humans change the way we view one another?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum
Founder of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton has taken hundreds of street photographic portraits of ordinary people living and working primarily in New York City, accompanied by stories from their lives. His work has garnered more than 17 million likes on Facebook and five million followers on Instagram. A Time Magazine 30 Under 30 People Changing The World, Stanton demonstrates the value of storytelling and our desire to remain connected with real people in our increasingly technology-driven world. 


The final speaker of the 2016-17 season

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.