Bryan Series 2013-14
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.
Past speakers have included President Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sidney Poitier, Tom Brokaw, Fareed Zakaria, Bill Bradley, Bill Moyers and Toni Morrison. Six 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.
The Bryan Series is presented at 2,400-seat War Memorial Auditorium in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Events featuring President Clinton in 2010 and Tony Blair in 2011 were presented in the Coliseum Arena.
The series subscription program was established in 2005 and has been sold out four of the past five years. Patrons are from more than 60 cities and towns across central North Carolina. In 2011, the Bryan Series Legacy Society was established with premium benefits. College trustee Joseph M. Bryan Jr. established the Bryan Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Arts Humanities and Public Affairs with a gift to the College in 1994. Speaker events began in 1996 and the lectures became the “Bryan Series” in 2002. Until 2005, events were presented on campus.
Presenting the 2013-14 Bryan Series Speakers:
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, War Memorial Auditorium
Robert Gates was the 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2006-11, and during his career he served eight different presidents in various roles. He is the only Defense Secretary to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected president. Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and became the only career officer to rise from entry-level employee to director. He was the president of Texas A&M University for four years. A native of Kansas, he received a bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary, a master's degree in history from Indiana University and a doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S Air Force. President Barack Obama awarded Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, War Memorial Auditorium
Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck, Robert Ballard is a veteran of more than 125 expeditions, many in search of lost ships and ancient artifacts. He is founder and president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn., and professor and director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Ballard has tracked down numerous significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismark, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. A native of Kansas, Ballard has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island. He received the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal for “extraordinary accomplishments in coaxing secrets from the world’s oceans and engaging students in the wonder of science.”
March 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m., War Memorial Auditorium (RESCHEDULED)
Itzhak Perlman is regarded as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early 21st centuries worldwide. Born in Israel in 1945, he completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York City and was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, he has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world. In addition to performing, he is a conductor and instructor of master classes. He is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors. Perlman contracted polio at the age of four and is devoted to causes of the disabled.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, War Memorial Auditorium
A pivotal figure in contemporary American poetry, Elizabeth Alexander was the fourth poet to compose and deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration, “Praise Song for the Day,” in 2009. She has published five books of poems including American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and an American Library Association “Notable Book of the Year.” Alexander is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim fellowship, among other awards and honors. A graduate of Sidwell Friends School, Yale University and Boston University, she holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been the chair of Yale’s Department of African American Studies since July 2009.
Steve Kroft & Lesley Stahl
Tuesday, April 8, War Memorial Auditorium
Steve Kroft has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since May 1989, having joined the network in 1980. He is the only 60 Minutes correspondent to win two Peabody Awards in the same year, bringing his total number of television’s most prestigious award to five. He is also a recipient of two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University silver batons and 11 Emmy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for his body of work. Before joining 60 Minutes, he was a principal correspondent on the CBC news magazine West 57th and a foreign correspondent for CBS News based in the London bureau. An Indiana native, he graduated from Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
One of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl has a distinguished career marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-wining foreign reporting. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991; the 2013-14 season is her 23rd on the broadcast. Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. From September 1983-May 1991, she also served as moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News' Sunday public-affairs program. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton. A Massachusetts native, she graduated cum laude from Wheaton College.
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