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By participating in the Guilford College Bryan Series, you’ll see the most interesting people on stage … and seated next to you. For more than 20 years the series has brought world-renowned speakers presenting ideas, personal histories, enlightening insights, and vital global concepts. It attracts discerning, thoughtful people who enjoy being informed and entertained. Just like you.

Season Schedule

  • Venus Williams, tennis champion and business leader — Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
  • Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., renowned neuroscientist, and Rosanne Cash, Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter — Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022
  • Kizzmekia Corbett, Ph.D., distinguished viral immunologist — Monday, Feb. 6, 2023
  • Jose Andres, celebrity chef and global humanitarian — Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
  • Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter — Tuesday, April 4, 2023

All events at 7:30 p.m. at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro.

Speakers, dates, and times subject to change.

  • Season Subscriptions: A subscription for the Guilford College Bryan Series is a reserved seat for all five events and is available in the Orchestra, Grand Tier, or loge sections. Subscribers have seating priority with the opportunity in future seasons to renew and upgrade their seats before new subscription sales. Subscription sales for the 2022-23 season have concluded.
  • Legacy Society Memberships: A membership includes premium seating and parking and access to pre-event receptions and photo lines (if offered) with speakers. A portion of the membership payment is a tax-deductible gift to Guilford College. Membership sales for the 2022-23 season have concluded.
  • Single-Event Tickets: Single-event tickets for  events in the 2022-23 season are on sale at and at the Tanger Center Box Office (Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.).
  • Guilford faculty, staff, students, and retirees ticket pickup: Current and retired faculty and staff and current students are eligible for free admission to all Bryan Series events. Information about ticket pickup is delivered in the daily email, Guilford Buzz, and through other campus communications.
  • COVID Protocol: Last season, the Bryan Series required proof of vaccination and face coverings at Tanger Center events. While we recommend participants continue wearing masks in Tanger Center when you’re not actively eating or drinking, masks are not required. We ask that you respect each other’s choices regarding masks. Going forward, we will not check vaccination status. If you feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of an event, please stay home. We will continue to monitor both national and local health and safety guidelines, and may adjust our protocols based on current local conditions. More information is available at

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Jeanne Tannenbaum

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Jeanne Tannenbaum

You're invited to join Guilford College at the 2022-23 Bryan Series!Season ScheduleVenus Williams, tennis champion and business leader — Thursday, Oct. 20,…

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Kathryn Campbell

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Kathryn Campbell

You're invited to join Guilford College at the 2022-23 Bryan Series!Season ScheduleVenus Williams, tennis champion and business leader — Thursday, Oct. 20,…

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Milton Kern

2022-23 Bryan Series Testimonial Milton Kern

You're invited to join Guilford College at the 2022-23 Bryan Series!Season ScheduleVenus Williams, tennis champion and business leader — Thursday, Oct. 20,…

Remarkable life stories. Life-changing talks.

Venus Williams

Oct. 20, 2022

Being a Champion for Equality

Tennis champion Venus Williams helped redefine women’s professional sports. She has won seven grand-slam titles, including five at Wimbledon, and was the world No. 1 in singles and doubles. She merged her healthy competitive spirit with an inspired business acumen, building two successful design ventures. Hear her story of progress made to combat sexism and other issues women face.

Photo of Venus Williams wearing a white top

Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., and Rosanne Cash

Nov. 10, 2022

Exploring Your Brain on Music

This Is Your Brain on Music is one of four international bestsellers by renowned neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. It captures the theme of this enthralling and entertaining presentation, pairing Daniel with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of the legendary singer Johnny Cash. They’ll discuss creativity, music, inspiration, and the brain science behind them.

Headshots of Roseanne Cash wearing a black top and Daniel Levitin wearing a gray jacket and blue shirt

Kizzmekia Corbett, Ph.D.

Feb. 6, 2023

Changing the World with a Vaccine

Kizzy Corbett made the 2021 TIME100 Next list for Innovators and is the scientific lead of the Vaccine Research Center’s coronavirus team at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She is a stellar science communicator and has explained the vaccine and the virus in highly accessible ways. And, she’s a native North Carolinian.

Photo of Kizzmekiah Corbett wearing a gray top and pearl necklace and earrings

José Andrés

Feb. 28, 2023

Leveraging the Power of Food

Haute cuisine meets humanitarian relief with award-winning chef and restaurateur José Andrés. Through his NGO, World Central Kitchen, he’s fed refugees in war zones and victims of natural disasters around the world, including in response to the war in Ukraine and to Hurricane Florence in Eastern North Carolina. Hear his compelling insights.

Photo of Jose Andres wearing a white chef's jacket

Ronan Farrow

April 4, 2023

Fighting for Hard Truths

At a time of news media skepticism, Ronan Farrow has defined himself as a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter. He pulls back the curtain on his work to break some of the biggest stories, the obstacles that have forced journalists to put everything on the line for the truth, and the seismic cultural impact of his stories.

Black and white photo of Ronan Farrow wearing a blazer and shirt

Thought-Provokers and Bridge-Builders

For more than 20 years, Bryan Series innovators and visionaries have helped us chart new courses for our communities and ourselves. Together, we can create real change.

Guilford College welcomed basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was the second speaker for this season’s Bryan Series on Oct. 23.

Video Archive

Take a look at some of our past speakers, which include Ken Burns, Toni Morrison, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more.

Amal Clooney speak on stage at the Bryan Series.

105 Speakers Featured in the Last 26 Years

1,530 subscribers and Legacy Society members

5 Nobel Prize Winners

6 Former Heads of State

Contact Us

LaToya Marsh

LaToya Marsh

Director of the Bryan Series