Join us for six exciting lectures in a series that brings the greatest names in their fields through our doors. Hear from innovative visual and performing artists, composers, critics, and authors in an ongoing conversation with you—their audience—on stimulating issues in culture today. Chosen for their creative brilliance and fresh perspectives, these speakers share their vision, their working process, and their insights.

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Full Package includes one ticket to all six Shapiro Celebrity Series lectures. $210 for members, $264 for nonmembers.

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Pick 3 Package includes one ticket to your choice of three Shapiro Celebrity Series lectures. $105 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

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In This Series

Lectures and Courses

An Evening with Isaac Mizrahi
October 4, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm

In a unique conversation with Michelle Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts, hear how famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi focuses on the...

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An Afternoon with Takashi Murakami
October 14, 2017
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, in conversation with noted art historian Professor Nobuo Tsuji reveals how his vision is richly inflected by a...

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Ruth Reichl: Eating Our Words
December 6, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Discover from bestselling author and food critic Ruth Reichl how the changing language of food speaks volumes about us. You can enter history at...

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Harry Belafonte: My Song
February 21, 2018
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Harry Belafonte possesses unparalleled experience in social justice, having spent decades on the frontlines of struggles all over the world, from the...

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Roxane Gay: With One N
March 21, 2018
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Roxane Gay is one of America’s most beloved writers and cultural critics. She is widely considered the leading feminist voice of our time and her...

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RESIST! with Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman
May 9, 2018
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Legendary comics editor Françoise Mouly and writer Nadja Spiegelman are the mother-daughter team behind RESIST!, a groundbreaking new political...

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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.