Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Robin Wright, award-winning journalist, author and foreign policy analyst, has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents. She takes a look at the activists and movements beginning to change the world’s most volatile region—the Middle East. More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, Robin explains that feminists and bloggers, thinkers and judges, religious leaders and students are rejecting extremism while also challenging the status quo.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Atul Gawande, a best-selling author and physician with a practitioner’s grasp of the challenges of health care delivery, explains that medical practice and philosophy have not kept pace with the changes in health care over the last hundred years. Atul is on a lifelong search to discover what shape reform should take. With eloquence and intellect, he offers deeply considered and beautifully expressed solutions with implications for health care and beyond.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham explores what 21st-century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past. Jon discusses Jefferson’s pragmatism, Jackson’s management of public opinion, JFK’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes and Reagan’s management of conflicting egos. He explains how history can inform the decisions all of us make every day.
Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m. George Takei, a noted actor and activist with a signature wit, shares the story of his family’s forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII—a seemingly forgotten part of American history. George also talks about his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media luminary, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America—empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Author Malcolm Gladwell has explored how ideas spread, decision making, the roots of success and the advantage of disadvantages in his five New York Times best-sellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath. A public intellectual who is the most versatile of speakers, Malcolm will challenge and entertain with his stories and reflections that will be topical for our audience next spring.