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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In This Series

Lectures and Courses

One Love: An Evening with John Leguizamo
October 3, 2018
7:00 pm8:00 pm

A multifaceted performer and Emmy Award-winner, John Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless and visceral...

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My Smitten Kitchen with Deb Perelman
November 28, 2018
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Deb Perelman is a food writer and the home cook, photographer, and publisher of the wildly popular Smitten Kitchen food blog. Working out of her...

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An Evening with Patti Smith: Writer, Performer, Visual Artist
March 13, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2011, Patti Smith is a poet, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine...

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Bearing Hope: The Stories We Tell Our Children to Survive
April 10, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm

MacArthur Genius Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation. She’s been called “the new Toni Morrison” (Betsy Burton,...

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An Evening with Hamish Bowles
May 1, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Join us for an exciting evening of fashion stories with Vogue’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles in conversation with Michelle Finamore,...


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