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Guilford College Bryan Series

New Subscriptions Now Available

New subscriptions for the 2020-21 Guilford College Bryan Series are now on sale. Subscription includes tickets for three new events at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts beginning in January. Also included is online access to virtual speaker programs this fall and the live-streams (only) of events that were rescheduled from spring 2020. See the list of speakers and dates below. If any subscriber is unable to attend a series event at Tanger Center, they may view it online.

A Mix of In-Person and Virtual Events on Tap Next Season.

Programs at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in Early 2021.

The Guilford College Bryan Series is again a leader in providing timely and important programming for the campus and wider community in a season of virtual and in-person events in the new season beginning in September. The long-running and popular Guilford series will be a catalyst for bringing the community back to life after the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course. In our first events at the new Tanger Center in downtown Greensboro, starting in January, we will present a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress, a global business and politics expert, a renowned National Geographic photographer and a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author. These will be the talks of the town in a can't-miss season.

Learn more about our 2020-21 season.

Subscribe for the 2020-21 Season

New subscriptions are on sale now, offering seating for the three new events for 2020-21 at Tanger Center and access to five other programs online. Subscriptions are priced according to Tanger Center seating section, $277 Orchestra, $253 Grand Tier and $233 Loge. Click here to order a new subscription. The subscription renewal deadline was July 17. If you have not renewed your subscription and wish to do so, email

Legacy Society Membership for 2020-21 Season

The Legacy Society was established in 2011 to provide dedicated benefactors with a premium Bryan Series experience. Members engage with the speakers in a VIP reception and receive special seating and parking privileges. Thank you to our 2019-20 members! If you have not renewed your Legacy Society membership for 2020-21 or wish to receive information about joining the Legacy Society, please email

2020-21 Season Speakers

Virtual Programs on Tap in the Fall

The Bryan Series will present three virtual speaker programs to kick off the 2020-21 season. The schedule is as follows:

Harrison Hickman ’75

7:30 p.m., Sept. 17, 2020

Harrison Hickman '75, a Guilford College graduate, was the Presidential campaign pollster for John Edwards, Al Gore, and Bob Kerrey. He also served as the principal election night consultant at the CBS election night anchor desk for two decades. He operates a public opinion research firm.

Dr. Peniel Joseph

7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, 2020

Dr. Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

John Avlon and Margaret Hoover with Mark Updegrove

7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 2020

John Avlon is senior political analyst and fill-in anchor at CNN, appearing on New Day every morning, while Margaret Hoover, his spouse, is a conservative political commentator, political strategist and great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover. Presidential historian Mark Updegrove leads the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a former Guilford student.

Tanger Center Speakers

Ian Bremmer

7:30 p.m., Jan. 14, 2021, Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

President and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm, Ian Bremmer serves as the Foreign Affairs Columnist and Editor at Large for Time magazine. In 2018, he was named the most influential voice globally by LinkedIn. A prolific writer, his latest book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, is a New York Times bestseller

Sally Field

7:30 p.m., Feb. 2, 2021, Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field is one of our most celebrated and enduring actors who has played notable and memorable TV and film roles such as Gidget, Sybil, Norma Rae, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Her new book, In Pieces, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an intimate memoir about her life and work.

Originally scheduled March 24, 2020.

Paul Nicklen

7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, 2021, Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

Paul Nicklen is a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine and founder of the SeaLegacy society. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, he is a polar specialist, speaker, author, and conservationist. He has more than 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field.

Theresa May

March 18, 2021, Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

Leader of the United Kingdom for three years until July 2019, Theresa May is the second woman in British history to hold the position, following Margaret Thatcher. She served as Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, during an extraordinary time in global affairs. She continues to serve in Parliament.

Colson Whitehead

7:30 p.m., April 12, 2021, Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novels, The Underground Railroad, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner, and The Nickel Boys, which became a best-seller after its release in July 2019.

Originally scheduled April 23, 2020.

Ideas That Move

For more than 20 years, the Guilford College Bryan Series has brought thought-provoking speakers to our campus and the greater Greensboro community — not just thought leaders but paradigm shifters whose ideas spark the next step forward and get us all thinking and talking about exciting possibilities.

Video Archive

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

96 Speakers

featured in the last 21 years

2,150 Subscribers

5 Nobel Prize Winners

5 Former Heads of State

Contact Us

Suzanne Ingram

Suzanne Ingram

Director of the Bryan Series

Ty Buckner

Ty Buckner

Associate VP for Alumni and Constituent Relations