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Guilford College Bryan Series: 2015-2016

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Bryan Series Speakers

Robin Wright

Atul Gawande, M.D.

Jon Meacham

George Takei

Malcolm Gladwell

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. $259 plus taxes, excludes event tickets.

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2015-16 Bryan Series Speakers

George Takei
March 21, 2016 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7 PM
George Takei is known around the world for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the acclaimed television series “Star Trek.” With a career spanning five decades, he is a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture, an outspoken supporter of human rights and a community activist. Born in Los Angeles, he was imprisoned from age 4 to 8 in two U.S. internment camps during World War II. George is a social media icon, with more than 8 million Facebook likes and 1.5 million Twitter followers. He hosts the YouTube series “Takei’s Take” and is the subject of “To Be Takei,” a documentary on his life and career that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Along with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, he developed “Allegiance,” a musical about love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment, that debuts on Broadway this fall. In 2004, the Japanese government awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to US-Japanese relations.

Malcolm Gladwell
April 12, 2016 | Greensboro Coliseum | 7 PM
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times best-sellers — What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. Outliers was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for 11 straight weeks and The Tipping Point and Blink were international best-sellers. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME in 2005 and one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and has won a National Magazine Award. He has been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society and was previously a science and business reporter for The Washington Post. The son of a Jamaican psychotherapist and a British mathematics professor, Malcolm was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He received the Order of Canada in 2011.

Past Speakers:

Robin Wright
Robin Wright is an award-winning journalist, author and foreign policy analyst who has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents. Her foreign tours include five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe, seven years in Africa and several years as a roving foreign correspondent. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Robin’s latest book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, won the 2012 Overseas Press Club Award for best book on international affairs. Her other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and US Policy and The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are. Her reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London and The New Yorker, where it won a National magazine Award. Robin received the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs and the Overseas Press Club Award for “best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative.” She is a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Atul Gawande, M.D.
Atul Gawande, a noted surgeon and professor, has a bold vision for improving performance and safety in health care. He explains that medical practice and philosophy have not kept pace with the changes in health care over the last hundred years and is on a lifelong search to discover what shape health care reform should take. Atul is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. His new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, is a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science was a National Book Award finalist. His other books are Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. In 2010, TIME named him one of the world’s most influential people. A New Yorker columnist, Atul is broadly known for his influential articles, two of which won the National Magazine Award. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham is a presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at TIME, known for his depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. His New York Times best-seller American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009. His book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-sellers list. His other books include the best-sellers Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel. His biography of President George H.W. Bush is scheduled for release in November. Jon served as Newsweeks managing editor from 1998-2006 and editor-in-chief from 2006-10. He is now executive editor and executive vice president at the Random House Publishing Group. He appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” and is regularly interviewed on national news programs. He is a fellow of the Society of American Historians, a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and a scholar-trustee of the New York Historical Society.




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