Lectures

2014/2015 Lecture Series

The 2014–2015 Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Jane P. Watkins.

Tim Egan: October 2, 2014
Sponsors: Judith and Richard Smooke
Will Shortz: January 13, 2015
Ethan Russell: January 22, 2015
Shankar Vedantam: February 5, 2015
Ann Patchett: March 5, 2015
Sponsors: Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell, with support from Marcia and Don Liebich

2014/2015 Lecture Series Tickets are available. Click here to learn more.

Browse our upcoming lectures below.


Upcoming Lectures

Timothy Egan

Thursday, October 2, 6:30 pm

Timothy Egan has written several books chronicling the American West, including The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, which dissects one of our country’s worst-ever forest fires and its impact on national forest management. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular New York...

Will Shortz

Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 pm

Puzzle master for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, the crossword editor of the New York Times, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Shortz will engage the audience in a fun, informative and brain stimulating lecture that will address how puzzles are created, the curious his...

Ethan Russell Lecture and Slideshow

Thursday, January 22, 6:30 pm

Author of the memoir Ethan Russell: An American Story and rock photographer of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Who. He will share compelling behind-the scenes stories, illustrated with original photographs and music from his experience with these Rock n Roll greats. Part of The Center's 2014-2015 L...

Shankar Vedantam

Thursday, February 5, 6:30 pm

NPR social science correspondent and author of The Hidden Brain, Vedantam speaks nationwide about the link between science and human behavior. With expertise and insight he explores the role of our unconscious mind in dictating many of our deeply rooted feelings, prejudices, biases and expressions. Part of...

Ann Patchett

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm

A celebrated writer and the owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, Ann Patchett is a champion of literary culture. In this presentation hear from the author who is described as "a woman of wisdom, determination, generosity and courage" by her friend and novelist Elizabeth Gilbert. Patchett is the a...

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