Guilford College Bryan Series 2016-17

New subscriptions for the 2016-17 season will be on sale June 1, 2016, at

Single-event tickets, if available, will be sold in September 1, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office and

Guilford College’s Bryan Series enriches the educational and cultural experience for residents of Greensboro and the central North Carolina region with speaker programs featuring well-known figures in the arts, humanities and public affairs.

Four heads of state, five Nobel Prize laureates, two former U.S. Secretaries of State and 10 Pulitzer Prize winners and recipients of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards have been speakers in the Bryan Series.

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, Malcolm Gladwell and Toni Morrison.

The Bryan Series is presented in a 3,100-seat theater-style configuration in the Greensboro Coliseum. In 2015-16, there were 2,300 subscribers from more than 50 cities and towns across central North Carolina.

The series will move to the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro when it opens in 2018.

For more information about speakers and subscription sales, visit, email [email protected] or call 336-316-2852.

Presenting the 2016-17 Guilford College Bryan Series speakers:

Bryan-Series_Polllan.pngMichael Pollan
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 7:30 pm, Greensboro Coliseum

Michael writes books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, Food Rules and Cooked.  A New York Times Magazine contributing writer, he has received numerous writing awards. In 2009, he was named one of the top 10 New Thought Leaders by Newsweek, and in 2010 he was chosen for the TIME 100.  

BryanSeries_Kelly.pngMark and Scott Kelly
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 7:30 pm, Greensboro Coliseum

During his NASA career, Mark commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavour, including its final flight in May 2011, and Space Shuttle Discovery. On March 1, 2016, Scott returned from 340 days on the International Space Station, a historic expedition laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. Over the past year the identical twins partnered to participate in a NASA study on how space affects the human body.

BryanSeries_Clooney.pngAmal Clooney
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, 3:30 pm, Greensboro Coliseum

Amal is an Oxford and New York University-educated human rights lawyer who frequently advises governments on international law. Her clients range from political prisoners and ousted heads of state to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria.  Born in Lebanon, she practices at Doughty Street Chambers in London.


NeilDegrasseTyson.pngNeil deGrasse Tyson - SPECIAL EVENT
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 7 p.m
. A rock-star astrophysicist with a worldwide following, Neil is host of the radio show and podcast “StarTalk,” and in 2014, was executive editor, host and narrator for the primetime television series “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.” In February 2012, he released his 10th book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, containing his thoughts on the past, present and future of space exploration. He is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium.


BryanSeries_Stevenson.pngBryan Stevenson
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:30 pm, Greensboro Coliseum

Bryan is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is a New York Times best seller. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called him “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and was one of the TIME 100 in 2015. 

Bryan-Series_Alda.pngAlan Alda
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30 pm, Greensboro Coliseum

Alan has been an actor, writer, science advocate and director in a career spanning six decades—winning seven Emmys, six Golden Globes and three DGA awards for directing.  One of TV Guide’s top 50 greatest television stars of all-time, he is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H.  He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in “The Aviator.” He hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for 11 years and authored two New York Times best sellers.