The Witte Lectures

Speakers Announced for The Witte Lectures!
The Witte Lectures Committee is excited to announce the speakers for this, the 22nd season, kicking off in January 2019. As always, the Witte Lecture Committee has worked diligently to select the most fascinating, compelling, award-winning, experts in their chosen fields. With the support of faithful sponsors –– both business partners and generous community members –– the main source of funding, this gem of a program continues. Ticket sales supplement these sponsorships, but they only cover a small portion of each event. Since there is no NBPL or NBPLF budgeted funding for this series, generous donors are the sole funding source. Please consider becoming a donor at any level to help sustain these priceless lectures. Please note that most lectures and the series as a whole sell out quickly. Ordering tickets early is recommended. Be part of this insightful, thoughtful and provocative 22nd season.

Hanna Rosin
Men vs Women: What the future holds
January 25 & 26, 2019

The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate. Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show, INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Be sure to join us for Hanna Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: how men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times.

Richard Blanco
The Civic Role of Poetry: For and Of the People
February 8 & 9, 2019

As presidential inaugural poet for Barack Obama, Richard Blanco has crisscrossed the nation inviting communities to connect to the heart of human experience and our common identity as a country. Join Richard as he shares his stories and experiences as a civic-minded poet through poems from his latest collection Boundaries, and his forthcoming book, How to Love a Country. Both publications investigate the complex sociopolitical issues that shadow America, while also remembering to celebrate our ideals and hopes. He will also share occasional poems he has written for the Boston Marathon bombings, the U.S. Embassy reopening in Cuba, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Freedom To Marry poem, and other projects aimed at fostering the role of advocacy that poetry can (ought to) play in the public realm with respect to our nationhood and matters that affect us collectively, including gender, sexuality, class, immigration, and race.

Amy Walter
The Objective Political Picture: Orange County, California and the Nation
March 8 & 9, 2019

Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides non-partisan analysis of issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Over the past 19 years, she has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier and CBS’s Face the Nation. According to Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report, Amy’s “work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters.”

Joel Sartore
Photo Ark: The Groundbreaking Effort to Document Vanishing Species
April 12 & 13, 2019

Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. Sartore specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he says. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” Sartore and the Photo Ark are the subjects of the television series RARE, in which he documents some of the most endangered creatures left on Earth. In addition to National Geographic, Joel contributes to Audubon, Geo, The New York Times, and Smithsonian. He has authored several books, including Photo Ark: A World Worth Saving, and RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.

Lecture & Continue the Conversation Supper following
NBPLF Member: $58*
Non-Member: $63*
7:00pm Lecture and Q&A
8:30pm Light supper & wine
Book sales & signing
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Lecture & Courtyard Conversations & Coffee following
NBPLF Member: $38*
Non-Member: $43*
2:00pm Lecture and Q&A
3:30pm Coffee & dessert
Book sales & signing
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