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Guilford College Bryan Series: 2021-2022

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. If you have questions about subscribing or the series, please email [email protected].

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.

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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.

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.