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Guilford College Bryan Series: 2014-2015

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Bryan Series Speakers

Ron Howard

Bill Bryson

Robert Reich

Margaret Atwood

Anderson Cooper

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 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.

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. $259 plus taxes, excludes event tickets (package not available April 19).

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2014-15 Bryan Series Speakers

Ron Howard
"An Evening with Ron Howard," Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 7:30 pm. In a moderated conversation, Ron Howard will offer the Bryan Series reflections on his 50 years in the motion picture and television industry. He will discuss his journey from his role as “Opie” in fictional Mayberry, N.C., to his achievements as one of the most accomplished film makers of our time. Expect him to talk about the creative process and the significance of his films including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon and others.

Bill Bryson
"Notes from All Over," Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, 7:30 pm. One of the world’s most beloved and prolific travel writers, best-selling author Bill Bryson will regale our audience with his quirky observations, eye-opening tales and self-effacing humor through reading and sharing stories. Attendees can expect stories and anecdotes from his books, including One Summer: America 1927, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and A Walk in the Woods.

Robert Reich
"Bi-Partisan Solutions for America's Economic Future," Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 Due to inclement weather, Robert Reich has been moved to April 7, 7:30 pm. Robert Reich will address a simple proposition: what is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health? In a paradigm-shifting, non-partisan manner, Reich will show why we all need to focus more on building up the middle class as without a strong middle class the economy cannot grow. He shares how tackling income disparity is at the very core of getting America on the right track towards growth.

Margaret Atwood
"An Evening with Margaret Atwood," Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:30 pm. With pithy observations and witty comments, Margaret Atwood will speak on literature, social activism, the creative process, technology and art, and, of course, her own accomplished body of work. She will enlighten and challenge our audience to think critically about our relationship to words and language. “The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose,” she says.

Anderson Cooper
"A 360-Degree Look at World Events," Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:30 pm. Anderson Cooper will deliver a refreshingly human account of today’s front-page news direct from his experience as a journalist. Armed with an insatiable quest for unfolding stories, which has taken him from Cairo to Sarajevo to Somalia to South Africa, his fresh and fearless reporting has quickly made him one of the most recognizable faces in news.

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O.Henry Hotel, Greensboro
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