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Bryan Series 2024-25 Season with LeVar Burton and Ashley Judd
Bryan Series 2024-25 Season with LeVar Burton and Ashley Judd

New season subscriptions and Legacy Society memberships for Guilford College’s 2024-25 Bryan Series season are on sale now.

2024-25: Our 20th Subscription Year

Programs focused on timely topics of literacy and mental health and featuring distinguished actor-activists will be presented in the 20th subscription season of the Guilford College Bryan Series – the longest-running and most well-known speaker series in the region. Join us for educational and entertaining evenings in October 2024 and April 2025 at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro as we continue the tradition of great speaker programs for campus and community! 

Read more about the 2024-25 season.
Read our 2024-25 season FAQ.

Season Schedule

  • LeVar Burton, Renowned Actor and Literacy Advocate – Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024
  • Ashley Judd, Actress and Global Humanitarian – Tuesday, April 8, 2025

Events at 7:30 p.m. 

Speakers, dates, and times subject to change.

Subscriptions, Memberships and Tickets

  • New Season Subscriptions: Subscriptions for new patrons are now on sale. A subscription for the Guilford College Bryan Series is a reserved seat for two events and is available in the Orchestra and Grand Tier sections. Subscribers have seating priority with the opportunity in future seasons to renew and upgrade their seats before new subscription sales.

    To purchase online:
       Step 1: Visit the Tanger Center Account Manager.
       Step 2: Click the "Select" button to select your seats.
       Step 3: Click or hover over the shopping cart icon (top right of page) to continue to checkout.
       Step 4: Login to your Ticketmaster account (or create a new one by clicking Sign Up) to complete your purchase.

    To purchase by phone:
       Call the Tanger Center Subscription Line at 336-373-7575 Monday - Friday, 10 am-5 pm

    To purchase in person:
       Visit the Tanger Center Box Office Tuesday-Friday, 12 pm-5 pm

    To purchase by email:
       Email Customer Care at

    To purchase by mail:
       Contact the Tanger Subscription Line at 336-373-7575 and they will assist you with that process.

  • New Legacy Society Memberships: Legacy Society members for new patrons are now on sale. A Legacy Society membership offers premium seating and other benefits for two events. If you are interested in a membership, contact the Tanger Center Box Office at 336-373-7575 or visit the Tanger Center Box Office in person.
  • Single-event Tickets: Single-event tickets for the two programs in the 2024-25 season will be available September 6 at and at the Tanger Center Box Office during regular business hours.
  • Guilford College faculty, staff, students, and retirees tickets: Current and retired faculty and staff and current students are eligible for free admission to Bryan Series events. Information about access is delivered in email notifications before each event.
  • Subscription and Legacy Society Membership Renewals: The renewal period for 2024-25 subscribers and members concluded July 9. If you have questions, please email

LeVar Burton

Oct. 24, 2024

From Storytelling to Star Trek: A Journey of Literacy and Inspiration

LeVar Burton is a renowned actor and lifelong literacy advocate. As a 19-year-old student at the University of Southern California, he was on the cover of TIME Magazine after landing the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark ABC series “Roots” (1977). He achieved further acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series (1987-94). He was host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow” from 1983-2009. A documentary producer, podcast host and children’s book author, he is recipient of six NAACP Awards, a Peabody, a Grammy and 15 Daytime Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inaugural Children’s & Family Emmys. In 2022, LeVar was selected as the Tournament Of Roses Grand Marshal, and he has more than 4 million social media followers.

Guilford College Bryan Series LeVar Burton

Ashley Judd

April 8, 2025

Mental Health & Wellness: Trauma That We Don't Transform, We Transfer

Ashley Judd is a feminist and social justice humanitarian and a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress. She has starred in indie gems and box office hits including such films as “Kiss the Girls,” “Where the Heart Is,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “De-Lovely.” In 2019, the United Nations honored Ashley as Global Advocate of the Year. She was a TIME magazine Person of the Year in 2017 as one of the #MeToo “Silence Breakers,” and her New York Times bestselling book, All That Is Bitter & Sweet (2011), chronicles her journeys as a global humanitarian. Her TEDWomen 2016 Talk about online misogyny has over 2 million views. In 2022, Ashley wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about her beloved mother Naomi Judd’s death by suicide and the need for privacy laws in such tragedies.

Guilford College Bryan Series Ashley Judd

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.

125 Speakers Featured in the Last 26 Years

1,242 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