• Leon Fleisher

    Leon Fleisher

    An Evening with Leon Fleisher

    September 29, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Pianist

    Leon Fleisher is a legendary pianist who began playing at age 4, at which time his parents pulled him from school, opting for private tutoring to allow more practice time (“I’ve long thought of entitling my biography ‘I Was a Kindergarten Dropout,’” he jokes.). Fleisher’s most recent recording, 2014’s “All the Things You Are,” reached No. 1 on the classical charts and earned a 2015 Grammy nomination. The subject of the 2006 Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentary “Two Hands,” Fleisher is...

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  • Cheryl Strayed

    Cheryl Strayed

    A Wild Life

    October 7, 2015 6:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Author

    SU alumna Cheryl Strayed (M.F.A. in fiction writing in 2002) is best known for “Tiny Beautiful Things,” her 2012 collection of letters from her “Dear Sugar” advice column, and for the No. 1 New York Times best-selling memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” recounting her remarkable 1,100-mile solo hike, at age 22, from Southern California to Washington State following the death of her mother from cancer and the end of her own young marriage. The...

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  • Charles Blow

    Charles Blow and Ross Douthat

    Social Inequality: the How, Why and What to Do?

    October 13, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    New York Times Columnists

    Charles Blow is the visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times—with a weekly column from a liberal perspective covering politics, public opinion and justice appearing every Saturday—as well as a regular contributor to CNN. Author and influential blogger Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed columnist in the history of the Times; representing a new generation of conservative commentator, he pens vigorous and penetrating analyses of domestic and international politics and government. For the University Lectures, the two newspaper colleagues...

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  • Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein

    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

    November 3, 2015 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Journalist

    Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the 2007 New York Times and No. 1 international bestseller “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” In her most recent book, 2014’s “This Changes Everything,” Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. The climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems....

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  • Dacher Keltner

    Dacher Keltner

    Survival of the Kindest: Toward a Compassionate Society

    March 8, 2016 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Director, Social Interaction Lab

    From examining how we negotiate moral concerns to exploring the determinants of power and status, Dacher Keltner looks at the social practices by which we navigate the world. Keltner is director of the Social Interaction Lab at the University of California at Berkeley and faculty director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. The podcasts of his course “Emotion” have been hailed by WIRED magazine as one of the five best educational downloads. In his University Lecture, he will detail...

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  • Mary Roach

    Mary Roach

    Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    March 29, 2016 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    Author

    In her latest rollicking foray into taboo, icky and under-appreciated aspects of the human body, 2013’s “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” Mary Roach takes readers on a wild ride down the alimentary canal and zips off in whatever direction her ardor for research and irrepressible instinct for the wonderfully weird lead her. It’s the latest in a long line of New York Times bestsellers that includes “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” (2010), “Bonk:...

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  • Sarah Koenig

    Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder

    Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of ‘SERIAL’

    April 12, 2016 7:30 pm, Hendricks Chapel

    “Serial” is widely credited with re-energizing the concept of podcasting. Following its debut in October 2014, “Serial” became the fastest podcast in iTunes history to reach five million downloads (and now more than 75 million). At a time when being first and being fast dominates the media, and quick sound bites are offered at every turn, veteran radio journalists and producers Sarah Koenig—named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015—and Julie Snyder did exactly the opposite: presenting...

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