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Authors! Authors!

Checkout this season's lineup of engaging authors, storytellers and speakers.

Bryan Stevenson

September 29, 2015

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.

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Kwame Alexander

October 22, 2015

Kwame Alexander is a poet and the author of eighteen books – his most recent, The Crossover, received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. His other works include the award-winning children’s picture book Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, recently optioned as a children’s television show, and the Junior Library Selection, “He Said She Said,” a YA novel.

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Gloria Steinem

November 18, 2015

Toledo native Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist – and by all measures, an icon. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 2, 2016

As one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players, the 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center, famous for his indefensible skyhook, dominated the NBA for 20 years and is the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points. Since retiring, Abdul-Jabbar has been an actor, basketball coach, and an author. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. His most recent book, Mycroft Holmes, will be released September 22.

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Luis Rodriguez

April 14, 2016

Luis J. Rodriguez conducts workshops, readings, and talks in prisons, juvenile detention facilities, universities, migrant camps, Native American reservations, conferences, public and private schools, and homeless shelters. He addresses the complex but vital issues of race, class, gender, and personal rage through dialogue, story, poetry, and art.

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Matt Groening & Lynda Barry

May 20, 2016

To wrap-up this extremely special season, we have some extremely special guests. Matt and Lynda will present: Love, Hate & Comics – The Friendship That Would Not Die, in which, the legendary cartoonists and former college classmates discuss 40 years of love, hate, and comics…and the perpetual joy of driving each other crazy.

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