Guilford College Bryan Series

Presenting the 2017-18 Guilford College Bryan Series speakers:

BryanSeriesLogo.pngWe live in a time of constant change in all aspects of our personal and professional lives: in our schools, homes, healthcare settings, places of worship and throughout our communities. In some ways, we are grappling with change. In other ways, we are fighting for it, working to bring about, as Gandhi said, the change we wish to see in the world.

How do we navigate change in our complex world? Next season, the Guilford College Bryan Series will feature thought-provoking speakers who will help us think about the answer to that very question. 

For more than 20 years, the Bryan Series has connected us with people who make us think and inspire us with ideas that move us to action. Once again, the Series will bring visionaries to our community. Not just thought leaders — thought provokers. Change makers. Paradigm shifters.

Who are they? And how will their talks help us navigate change?

The Bryan Series will feature five subscription programs and one additional program in 2017-18. Following is a listing of confirmed programs:


What can we learn about our rapidly changing society from the perspective of a couple on the front lines of Washington?

Biden-HS.pngJOE and JILL BIDEN
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Our 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, has dedicated his life to public service. Before spending the last eight years in the White House, he was a U.S. Senator for 36 years, providing leadership in the areas of foreign policy and the judiciary.

Jill-Biden.pngFormer Second Lady Jill Biden is a career educator and a peoples' advocate who shines a light on issues of importance to women and military families. Through their recently established foundation, the Bidens have set wide-ranging goals including promoting equal rights and funding cancer research. Join us for an intriguing discussion covering their lifelong commitment to the betterment of our society.


In the face of mental health challenges, how do we navigate the changes in our loved ones — and in ourselves?

Lisa-Genova_thumb.pngLISA GENOVA

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction, neuroscientist Lisa Genova is the author of four New York Times bestselling novels featuring characters who are facing the challenges of neurological diseases and disorders. Still Alice won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, among many others. The novel inspired an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore, who won the 2015 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland. In 2015, Genova was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging.


How can arts and culture give us different lenses through which to see people and important issues?

OdomJr_thumb.pngLESLIE ODOM JR.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom Jr. won a Grammy Award and the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of “Aaron Burr” in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton. With many awards and honors under his belt, Odom Jr. has also appeared on the small screen and is best-known for his portrayal of “Sam Strickland” in the NBC musical series Smash, and his role as “Reverend Curtis Scott” on Law & Order: SVU. The New York Times calls Odom Jr. one of the “Young Rebels Changing History and Theater.”


By tackling serious topics — such as Islamophobia — in a disarming manner, how might we, as a society, come to better understand the issues at hand?

RezaAslan_thumb.pngREZA ASLAN – Special Event

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – Dana Auditorium at Guilford College

Reza Aslan addresses topics of Islam, the Middle East and Muslim Americans with authority, wit and infectious optimism. He is the author of several popular books including the international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. He’s also the host of CNN’s show on world religions, Believer, and author and producer of other important works that speak to the masses.


In a world teeming with fake news and misleading headlines, how can a knowledgeable perspective help us adjust to change in a complex world?

Koppel_Ted_thumb.pngTED KOPPEL

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

The longest-serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel is recognized around the world as a trusted and respected voice on current events and issues of global importance. With his trademark wisdom, wit, warmth and superb storytelling skills, Koppel shares with audiences his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of foreign policy, the alarming partisanship and acrimony that has taken over the political process, economic challenges, social issues of the day — and the people behind the scenes.


How can social media and storytelling about fellow humans change the way we view one another?

Stanton_thumb.pngBRANDON STANTON

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Founder of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton has taken hundreds of street photographic portraits of ordinary people living and working primarily in New York City, accompanied by stories from their lives. His work has garnered more than 17 million likes on Facebook and five million followers on Instagram. A Time Magazine 30 Under 30 People Changing The World, Stanton demonstrates the value of storytelling and our desire to remain connected with real people in our increasingly technology-driven world.

New subscriptions for the 2017-18 season will be on sale May 8 at Single-event tickets, if available, will be sold beginning August 4, 2017 at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office and

The Bryan Series is presented in a 3,500-seat theater-style configuration in the Greensboro Coliseum. The series will move to the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro when facility opens in 2019.