79th Season Speakers
Opening Minds · Stirring Curiosities
"Afghanistan Through the Decades: An Emigre's Personal Perspective"Best known for his profound novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini is once again taking the literary scene by storm with his most recently released book And the Mountain Echoed. His deep affinity for his homeland also galvanized the creation of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
"A Morning with Dan Rather"The voice, heart, and soul of American journalism, Dan Rather is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters of our time. Over the past 40 years, Rather has been a part of history's defining moments, chronicling the events that have shaped our world. He has reported from front lines around the globe and has interviewed every U.S. President from Eisenhower to Bush.
"Dust Bowl and Beyond - Lessons for the Future from Past Hard Times"Timothy Egan is an award-winning author and veteran chronicler of the West, whose interests range wide across the American landscape and history. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and his weekly online column for The New York Times, the "Opinionator", is consistently among the most read pieces on the NYT site.
"Having a Meaningful Life: One Woman's Journey to Fulfillment"Despite being born into Hollywood royalty and starring in over 40 films, Farrow's personal life was tumultuous. But, she has used those struggles as stepping-stones to a more significant life as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and in her work as a high-profile ambassador for children's rights in conflict-ridden regions of the world.
"Space Exploration and the Curiosity Mission to Mars"As chief engineer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Gentry Lee oversaw the successful Curiosity rover mission to Mars. He explains the feats of engineering that brought the Curiosity into existence and gives a mesmerizing account of this mission. Lee is also a novelist, television producer, and computer game designer.