The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

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, curators, 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.

In This Series

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

October 16, 2019
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Tig Notaro is a Grammy- and Emmy-award-nominated comedian, actor, and writer, originally from Mississippi. She wrote, produced, and starred in the...

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

October 20, 2019
2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a...

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

December 4, 2019
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

As an essayist, novelist, photographer, and curator, Teju Cole is a renaissance man. He is a professor of writing at Harvard, and the author of five...

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Thelma Golden , director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, in conversation with Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director,...

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

February 26, 2020
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Get ready for comedian Maysoon Zayid’s whistle-stop tour of her life as a multiple minority, full of advice you “do not want to hear but definitely...

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, and a widely acclaimed public...

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