2015/2016 Lecture Series

Erik Larson
Thu, Oct 8, 6:30pm • Church of the Big Wood
$30 / $40 nonmember / $15 student (18 and under)
Part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project Sleight of Hand.
Generously sponsored by Marcia & Don Liebich

Roz Chast
Thu, Jan 21, 6:30pm • Church of the Big Wood
$25 / $35 nonmember / $15 student (18 and under)

Laverne Cox
Thu, Feb 4, 6:30pm • WRHS Performing Arts Theatre
Premium seating: $55 / $65 nonmember
Standard seating: $35 / $45 nonmember / $15 student (18 and under)
Part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project Role Play.

George Saunders
Thu, Mar 3, 6:30pm • Church of the Big Wood
$25 / $35 nonmember / $15 student (18 and under)

David Sedaris
Mon, Apr 25, 8:00pm • WRHS Performing Arts Theatre
Premium seating: $80 / $90 nonmember
Standard seating: $60 / $70 nonmember
Student  price not available
A pre-show book signing will start at 7 pm and Mr. Sedaris will resume signing books following the event.


(members will be sent an email with a special link on August 28 at 9:45am)
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The 2015–2016 Lecture Series is sponsored by Jane P. Watkins. Wood River High School student lecture series tickets have been made possible with support from Robin Leavitt and Terry Friedlander.

Browse our upcoming lectures below.

Upcoming Lectures

LECTURE: Art and Science: A Night with Painter David Dunlop

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 pm

From Ancient Greece to the 21st century here is an explanation of how art works with science. How art evolved to imitate appearance; how Vision works and how we thought it worked; how optics were used to make paintings and then photographs; how geometry became perspective; how artist colors tried to imitate v...

Erik Larson

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm

Erik Larson is a master of narrative non-fiction. His vividly written, bestselling books chronicling historic events have won several awards and been published worldwide. Some of his popular books include Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts, and his most recent Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the...

Art History Class: The History of Modernism in Three: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, René Magritte’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe and Meret Oppenheim’s Object (Le Déjeuner en fourrure) with Kristin Poole

Thursday, October 15, 5:30 pm

The history of Modernism is complex and convoluted, full of tangents and transgressions, starts and stops. But it is also a story that we can begin to understand by asking some basic questions about representation, material and presentation. The lecture will explore three works of art that illustrate the chal...

Roz Chast

Thursday, January 21, 6:30 pm

Cartoonist Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written and illustrated books for both children and a...

Laverne Cox

Thursday, February 4, 6:30 pm

Laverne Cox, an outspoken transgender advocate, is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, TRANSForm Me, appear on the cover of TIME Magazine and be nominated for an EMMY. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, ...

George Saunders

Thursday, March 3, 6:30 pm

George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. His most recent collection, Tenth of December, is the winner of the 2014 Story Prize for short fiction and 2014 Folio Prize, which celebrates the best fiction of our time. Tenth of December was also a finalist...

David Sedaris

Monday, April 25, 8:00 pm

NPR humorist and bestselling author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” He is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing...

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