The 2023-24 Guilford College Bryan Series at Tanger Center

Single tickets for 2023-24 Guilford College Bryan Series events are now on sale.

There are heroes all around us, some more apparent than others. They may save lives or simply help make people's lives better. They may work to protect our freedoms, shine a light on ways we can do better, or lead us to explore new horizons. The Guilford College Bryan Series will present five heroes in the 2023-24 season, some of whom are well-known and others we will discover together, but all of whom have inspiring stories to share. Join us as we celebrate a year of "Heroes in Our Midst.

The 2023-24 Guilford College Bryan Series includes:

Sully Sullenberger - September 14, 2023

208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons

Sully is the retired American fighter pilot, diplomat, and airline pilot best known for his heroism as captain of US Airways Flight 1549 that he ditched in the Hudson River in 2009 after both engines were disabled by a bird strike. All 155 people aboard survived. He was the subject of "Sully," a 2016 feature film starring Tom Hanks in the title role. Recently, the Aviation Museum in Charlotte was named for him.

Walter Parkes - October 12, 2023

From Entertainment to Engagement: How Storytelling and Technology Can Educate the World

Walter is a screenwriter and producer of more than 50 films. He was President of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and, later, head of Dreamworks motion picture division, overseeing film projects including three consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners. He is now developing virtual reality educational experiences with Dreamscape Immersive, his entertainment and technology company. 

Lynsey Addario - November 9, 2023

"It's What I Do", Based on her Bestselling Book of the Same Name

Lynsey is an American photojournalist who has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women's issues in the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship. Hollywood has acquired the rights to make a film out of her life story.

Charles Bolden - February 8, 2024

"Dreaming Big: The Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Exploration"

Charles served as the 12th NASA Administrator (2009-17) and was the first African American and only the second former astronaut to hold the position. As NASA Administrator he oversaw the transition from 30 years of Space Shuttle missions to a new era of exploration focused on full utilization of the International Space Station, among other accomplishments. He was commander of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1992 and Space Shuttle Discovery in 1994 and flew two other missions as a pilot. His mentor in the astronaut program was Ronald McNair, N.C. A&T graduate and fellow South Carolinian. He flew over 100 combat missions during the Vietnam War.

Judy Woodruff - April 9, 2024

Decision 2024: America at a Crossroads

Judy is a trailblazing broadcast journalist who has worked in network, cable, and public television news for nearly 50 years. She was the anchor and managing editor of the "PBS Newshour" through the end of 2022, and for a period was co-anchor with former Bryan Series speaker Gwen Ifill. The Duke grad has covered every presidential election and convention since 1976 and moderated U.S. presidential debates. 

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