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An Evening With Don Garber

Sports fans and those interested in the business of sports are in for a treat with Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer (MLS) and CEO of Soccer United Marketing. During Garber’s tenure (since 1999) of North America’s premier professional soccer league, MLS has expanded from 10 to 23 teams and added 20 new owners.…

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

Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history. The first season of the podcast presented a 12-part series on one legal case, captivating an audience that downloaded the episodes more than 100 million In her live presentation, Sarah Koenig takes the audience backstage in this cultural phenomenon, using some of her favorite tape…

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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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…

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Survival of the Kindest: Toward a Compassionate Society

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…

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

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…

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

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…

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A Wild Life

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…

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An Evening with Leon Fleisher

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…

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From Photojournalist to Photo Activist: The Ripple Effects Images Project

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed on six of the world’s seven continents during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand and Jerusalem. In…

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The WNBA: Showing the World What’s Possible

Laurel Richie has more than three decades of experience in consumer marketing, corporate branding, public relations and corporate management, with a long track record of developing award-winning campaigns that transform brands and drive business results. As president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), she is responsible for setting the vision for the WNBA and…

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