Past Events

October 5

John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods Market

From Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, a follow-up to groundbreaking bestseller Conscious Capitalism—revealing what it takes to lead a purpose-driven, sustainable business. John Mackey started a movement when he founded Whole Foods, bringing natural, organic food to the masses and not only changing the market, but breaking the mold. Now, for the first time, Conscious Leadership closely explores the vision, virtues, and mindset that have informed Mackey’s own leadership journey, providing a roadmap for innovative, value-based leadership—in business and in society. 

September 30

An Evening with

Patti Smith

PATTI SMITH is the author of Just Kids, which won the National Book Award in 2010, and of M Train, as well as numerous collections of poetry and essays. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. “Year of the Monkey” is a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.
September 27

R.L. Stine with Kitty Felde

Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine teams up with the pop-culture phenomenon Garbage Pail Kids for a first-ever GPK illustrated middle-grade series. He has more than 400 million English-language books in print, plus international editions in thirty-two languages, making him one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Besides Goosebumps, he has written series including Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, Dangerous Girls, and Just Beyond.

September 21

Claudia Rankine with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric and four previous books, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.  Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Rankine’s questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal and private spaces―the airport, the theater, the dinner party, the voting booth―where neutrality and politeness live on the surface of differing commitments, beliefs, and prejudices as our public and private lives intersect. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016. Rankine is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

September 14

Jane Fonda with Eva Longoria

JANE FONDA talks about her new book, “What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action.” She is a 2-time Oscar winner and an Emmy-award winning American actress and political activist.  Her new book is a call to action urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest“This is the last possible moment in history when changing course can mean saving lives and species on an unimaginable scale. It’s too late for moderation.”

September 10

Sid Meier with Alison Haislip


Sid Meier, creator of Civilization, has been honored with virtually every award in the video game industry.  Over his four-decade career, Sid Meier has produced some of the world’s most popular video games, including Sid Meier’s Civilization, which has sold more than 51 million units worldwide and accumulated more than one billion hours of play. Sid Meier’s Memoir! is the story of an obsessive young computer enthusiast who helped launch a multibillion-dollar industry. He is a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and founder of Firaxis Games.

September 9

John Cleese with Judd Apatow

The legendary comedian, actor, and writer of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda fame shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, Cleese shares his insights into the nature of the creative process and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing.

September 3

Jon Meacham with Frank Buckley

An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer-prize winning biographer and author of The Soul of America. Meacham is a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor of Time magazine, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Hope of Glory, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, lives in Nashville.

September 1

Brian Stelter with Judd Apatow

BRIAN STELTER is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of Reliable Sources, which examines the world’s top media stories every Sunday. Prior to joining CNN in 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. His first book, the New York Times bestseller Top of the Morning, inspired the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show. Stelter is a consulting producer on the series. He is also the executive producer of the HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News.  In Hoax, Stelter tells the twisted story of the relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News. 

August 6

An Evening with

Malcolm Gladwell

REVISIONIST HISTORYMalcolm Gladwell’s groundbreaking podcast now in its fifth season examines a diverse new slate of topics that its millions of fans have come to expect.  Gladwell turns his revisionist eye to everything from museums to elections to hiring to our collective memories of war in 10 episodes that will a season that fans will love—and possibly totally disagree with, all at the same time.  It’s a journey through the overlooked and misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, or even a song—and asks if we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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