The Witte Lectures 2017

Friday & Saturday, March 3-4

Joe Nocera
Inside the NCAA

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports - a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents-scholarships that don't necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera's latest book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

Absolutely no refunds or exchanges on any tickets. 

Friday & Saturday, April 7 -8

Dr. Wade Davis
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Dr. Wade Davis was named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, and has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life's diversity." His lecture will explore the world's indigenous cultures to answer a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive?

Dr. Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. Author of 19 books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, The Wayfinders and The Sacred Headwaters, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University.

Absolutely no refunds or exchanges on any tickets. 

Friday & Saturday, April 28-29

Isabel Wilkerson
Our Racial Moment of Truth

In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS' 60 Minutes, NPR's Fresh Air and PBS' NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show.

Absolutely no refunds or exchanges on any tickets. 



  • $50 / $45* per person, per lecture
  • $20 Teachers & students
  • 6:30pm Wine & music reception
  • 7:00pm Lecture, Q&A
  • 8:15pm Book signing, dessert & coffee


  • $35 / $30* per person, per lecture
  • $20 Teachers & students
  • 2:00pm Lecture, Q&A
  • 3:15pm Book signing, dessert & coffee

* Library Foundation members at Book Worm level ($50) or higher receive a $5 discount on each ticket.

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The Witte Lectures Committee
Jason Sherr, Chair
Lisa Edwards
Connie Glenn
Janet Hadley
Diane Hafer
Gordon McAlpine
Natasha Palmaer
Ellen Shockro, Ph.D
Jene Witte
Lizanne Witte