Ideas that move

BryanSeriesLogo.pngFor more than 20 years, the Guilford College Bryan Series has brought thought-provoking speakers to our campus and the greater Greensboro community —  not just thought leaders but paradigm shifters whose ideas spark the next step forward and get us all thinking and talking about exciting possibilities.Inspiring speakers who share a clarity of conviction. Their talks will stay with you long after the standing ovation


The Guilford College Bryan Series in 2019-20 will present five programs featuring a former First Lady of the United States, a current Supreme Court Justice, an Academy Award-winning actress and two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. The subscription renewal period begins in March and new subscriptions will be sold on a date to be determined in the Spring.  Read more at


In the 2018-19 season, the Guilford College Bryan Series brings you people of action, doers committed to moving the needle on our most persistent issues. Our speakers have a conviction about what’s right and what’s possible. They’ve invested the sweat equity to become not only experts in their areas, but tireless advocates, willing to roll up their sleeves and tackle challenges head on. Join us for the 2018-19 season, when we’ll hear from inspiring speakers who share a powerful trait for positive change: an admirable balance of determination and integrity along with the clarity of conviction.

The Bryan Series will feature five subscription programs in 2018-19, as follows:

Balanced debate in a contentious political time

axlerod1.jpgDavid Axelrod and Karl Rove (RESCHEDULED)                              Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

David Axelrod and Karl Rove, high-profile political strategists from opposite sides of the spectrum, will share our stage just weeks before the 2018 midterm election.

Rove.pngThey bring more than keen insiders’ perspectives; they share the ability to spar respectfully and with an open mind to sound arguments.

In the Bryan Series, they will address topics relevant to current national commentary, helping prime us all for the political decisions that lie ahead.

A champion on the court and of important social issues

Jabbar.pngKareem Abdul-Jabbar
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

What we know and admire about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s phenomenal 20-season NBA career is just the beginning. More than 40 years ago, he made a bold move to convert to Islam, a thoughtful decision he calls “a transformation of the heart, mind and soul.” His passion and leadership extends far beyond the game of basketball and into the social, political and cultural arenas. He is an author and commentator, contributing his voice to many critical issues.

Drawing the line on discrimination and inequality

 Gillard.pngJulia Gillard                                                                                           Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Julia Gillard broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman elected Prime Minister of Australia, and her voice has inspired women from one country to the next, especially on matters of prejudice and discrimination. She is a world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics and the global economy, particularly the volatile Asian markets, as well as a champion for economic and education equality for women and children everywhere.

Transforming health care on a global scale

Farmer.pngDr. Paul Farmer                                                                                    Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Paul Farmer has done what others thought impossible: bringing first-rate medical care to the poorest people on Earth. A physician and anthropologist, Farmer is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, an international social justice and healthcare organization with a powerful mission — to serve as an antidote to despair by delivering the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need.

An unwavering spirit. The power of persistence.

Nyad.pngDiana Nyad                                                                                          Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

It took five attempts and untold training for Diana Nyad to fulfill her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, but in 2013 at age 64, she realized her goal. Nyad is a living example of her own words: Never, ever give up. In her 2015 memoir, Find a Way, Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

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 the facility opens in 2020.