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

The Guilford College Bryan Series is an incredible opportunity for students to take part in thought-provoking talks with some of the most influential people of our time. Step outside the classroom, and engage with inspiring speakers on topics that mean a lot to you. Throughout the year, we’ll be hosting talks about slow food, life in outer space, social justice, human rights and more. No other college or university has a series like ours. Take advantage of it by registering for your free tickets. The Bryan Series is about sharing ideas that have the potential to move us all. Invite your friends, begin a conversation and spark the next step forward.

Learn about the 2016-17 Bryan Series speakers, below — and take a look at the nationally-recognized figures and emerging voices we’re bringing to Greensboro next academic year!


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.

LEARN MORE about Michael and RESERVE your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


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.

LEARN MORE about Mark and Scott and RESERVE your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


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.

LEARN MORE  about Amal and  RESERVE  your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


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.

LEARN MORE about Neil and RESERVE your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


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.

LEARN MORE about Bryan and RESERVE your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


The Coolest Actor Your Parents Know

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.

LEARN MORE about Alan and RESERVE your seat by registering for your free ticket three weeks before the event.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What makes the Guilford College Bryan Series unique?


The Bryan Series is Guilford College’s annual series of lecture programs by distinguished figures in the arts, humanities and public affairs. In recent years, Bryan Series speakers have included George Takei, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Toni Morrison, Itzhak Perlman, Geoffrey Canada, Yo-Yo Ma, Ken Burns and Twyla Tharp.


When and where are the events held?


Five (or more) speaker programs are held each year, beginning in late September or early October and continuing until April. Talks by the speakers are at the Greensboro Coliseum on weekday evenings (with some exceptions). Soon, we will host the Bryan Series in the new Tanger Center for Performing Arts.


Do students get to meet the speakers?


Yes! Students meet the speakers on campus during an informal, hour-long Q&A the afternoon of the Bryan Series event. You will have an opportunity to get a book signed, a photo or an autograph and also to ask questions of the speakers as a group and individually. Often, this is the most memorable part of a visit, for students and for speakers. On a rare occasion, the Q&A is held off campus.


Are free tickets available for students?


Yes! The general public pays up to $55 to attend most events, but students are able to register for free tickets on an event-by-event basis about three weeks before each talk. Watch the Buzz for details—and spread the word to your classmates.


How do students get to the Greensboro Coliseum?


We encourage carpooling and are pleased to offer discounted parking passes. The Coliseum is located approximately 5 miles from campus on Gate City Boulevard (11 minutes travel time).


Could I be a Bryan Series intern?


The Bryan Series does offer a few intern opportunities each semester. Students who enjoy events planning, marketing and being on the inside track with some of the most influential figures of our time are encouraged to inquire.


How do I get more information?


Visit, email, call 336.316.2852, or come by our offices in Hendricks Hall. We’d love to see you!