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Guilford College Bryan Series: 2016 - 2017

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Bryan Series Speakers

Michael Pollan

Mark & Scott Kelly

Amal Clooney

Bryan Stevenson

Alan Alda

Guilford College’s Bryan Series enriches the educational and cultural experience for residents of Greensboro and the central North Carolina region with provocative speaker programs featuring well-known figures in the arts, humanities and public affairs.

Bryan Series in Greensboro, NC

The Bryan Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Arts Humanities and Public Affairs was established at Guilford by a $1 million gift by Joseph M. Bryan Jr. 60 and the former Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund in 1994. In 2011, Bryan made a $1.5 million gift to the College’s Advancing Excellence campaign to strengthen the endowment for the series.

Major speaker events began in 1996 and the lectures became the “Bryan Series” in 2002. Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Madeleine Albright, Robert Gates, Desmond Tutu, Sidney Poitier, Tom Brokaw, Bill Bradley, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Moyers, Thomas Friedman, Ron Howard, Anderson Cooper and Toni Morrison. Five heads of state, five Nobel Prize laureates, two former U.S. Secretaries of State and winners of MacArthur Fellowships and Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards have been speakers in the series. Learn more about the Bryan Series.

O. Henry Hotel Bryan Series Package
Hear preeminent artists, authors, political figures and journalists. Includes overnight accommodations, $30 dining voucher to Green Valley Grill, transportation to and from the lecture and the next morning enjoy a Southern-style breakfast buffet. $299 plus taxes, excludes event tickets.

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2016- 2017 Bryan Series Speakers

Michael Pollan
Friday September 30, 2016 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7:30 PM
Michael writes books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect. He is the author of the best sellers In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, 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. 

Mark & Scott Kelly
Tuesday, October 18,, 2016 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7:30 PM
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. 

Amal Clooney

Sunday, November 13, 2016 | Greensboro Coliseum | 3:30 PM
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.

Bryan Stevenson
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7:30 PM
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 dozen of condemned prisoners.  He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant and was on of the TIME 100. 

Alan Alda
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7:30 PM

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, his 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. 




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