In her critically acclaimed memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” and her immensely popular novels and works of nonfiction, Elizabeth Gilbert expands our understanding of creativity, spirituality, and love. Whatever her subject— her own transformative experiences, the institution of marriage, or 1940’s showgirls—Gilbert writes with “a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review). The woman Oprah Winfrey called a “rock star author” is among her generation’s most beloved and inspiring voices, with an avid international readership and devoted following.
One of the most beloved figures in science and technology, Adam Savage has spent most of his life gathering skills that allow him to take ideas and make them real.
Titled “Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It,” Savage will share his golden rules of creativity, curiosity and problem solving. He will share insights from his MythBusters journey through 40-plus years as a maker and creator.
From finding inspiration to following through on making an idea a reality, he encourages us to push the boundaries of what’s possible and provides a toolbox of techniques to achieve personal and professional success.
American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide To Getting Big Things Done
Sunday, October 23, 2022
4:00 PM CT
Called “the future of the GOP” by Politico, Will Hurd is a former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and officer in the CIA. In this program titled: American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, Hurd will present a path forward for America grounded by what he calls pragmatic idealism—a concept forged from enduring American values. Hurd will discuss five seismic problems facing our country: the Republican Party’s failure to present a principled vision for the future; the lack of honest leadership in Washington, DC; income inequality that threatens millions of Americans; US economic and military dominance that is not guaranteed; and a look at technological changes expected into the future.
A Look at the Geopolitical Landscape with General Petraeus
Sunday, November 13, 2022
4:00 PM CT
One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and landmark interpretations. She solos with leading orchestras–including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, and the Philadelphia Orchestra –and has performed on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR’s Tiny Desk. Her 40 albums include the 25th anniversary re-release of Violin Concertos by Black Composers Through the Centuries (Cedille).
Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists and, since 2001, has run the Music by Black Composers project. She performs on the 1742 “ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu, on lifetime loan from her patron.