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Best Speakers and Lectures Coming To Seattle This Fall

August 6, 2012 11:00 AM

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(credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

(credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

For those with a big thirst for knowledge but a little wallet, opportunities are just around the corner to meet that need at a price you can afford – some are even free. Learn from the experts in various subjects including poetry, art, politics and more. All are happening this fall in Seattle.
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Neal Stephenson, Author
UW Campus, Kane Hall, Room 110
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-3400
bookstore.washington.edu

Date: August 7

Neal Stephenson is known for his complex novels that blend a variety of topics including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture and philosophy. On August 7, he will be joined on stage by The Stranger’s Paul Constant for a conversation that you can be a part of. The basis for their conversation will be Stephenson’s new book, “Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writings.”

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Dr. Peter H. Raven, Botanist
UW Meany Theater
1313 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-4882
millergarden.org

Date: September 13

Mrs. Elisabeth Carey Miller was dedicated to the education of gardeners. For 18 years now, a free memorial lecture is held annually to remember her legacy. This year, the lecture will feature President Emeritus, Dr. Peter H. Raven of the Missouri Botanical Garden as the guest speaker.

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Justin Ivy, Stained Glass Historian
Trinity Church Parish House
609 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-6952
historicseattle.org

Date: September 15

Justin Ivy of Seattle Stained Glass will give an introductory lecture at the Trinity Church Parish House in Seattle. From there, attendees will be taken to on-site visits of St. James Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church and Town Hall Seattle (formerly the 4th Church of Christ, Scientist). The tour will come to a close with light refreshments at Historic Seattle’s headquarters designed with Prairie School bay windows and French doors.

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Dean Young, Poet
Benaroya Hall Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-2230
lectures.org

Date: October 2

Dean Young will kick off the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series by reading selections from his new book, “Bender: New & Selected Poems,” which will be published by Copper Canyon Press in the early fall. This is Young’s 15th book, so he knows a little something about poetry. Now you can too.

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Jeffrey Toobin, News Analyst
Benaroya Hall S Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-2230
lectures.org

Date: October 10

Jeffrey Toobin leads the Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Literary Arts Series this October. Toobin is a senior news analyst for CNN and covers legal affairs for The New Yorker. He is also the author of “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” and the upcoming, “The Oath: The Secret Struggle for the Supreme Court.” His other books include: “Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election” (2001) and “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President” (2000).

Mark Vadon, Co-Founder of Blue Nile
Pigott Auditorium – Seattle University
1016 E Marion St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-6000
seattleu.edu

Date: October 18

With the Executive Speaker Series, “executives from around the Puget Sound region are invited to speak on a topic of their choice and then respond to questions from a selected panel and audience” throughout the year at Seattle University. Mark Vadon, co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Blue Nile, an online jewelry business in Seattle, will be speaking on October 18.

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Hari Kunzru, Author
Benaroya Hall S Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-2230
lectures.org

Date: October 23

Hari Kunzru has led an interesting life. He has written four novels and has had his works appear in the New York Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Times of India and Wired. In addition, he is a travel writer writing on various places including Japan, Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Jordan and Honduras. Kunzru has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize of the Society of Authors, a Pushcart Prize and a British Book Award. Come to this lecture to see what he has to say about his exciting journey.

Maggie Nelson & Eileen Myles, Poets
Benaroya Hall Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-2230
lectures.org

Date: November 15

Two speakers – one lecture. Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles, two poets for Wave Books, will read from their poetry and speak out about art that was inspired by the Seattle Art Museum exhibit “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.” See what these great minds have to share.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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