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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
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 where she has authored notable articles including The Overprotected Kid, The Case Against Breastfeeding, The Silicon Valley Suicides, and Murder by Craigslist. Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show, INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. Ms. Rosin is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? 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
February 8 & 9, 2019


Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet and the first Latino immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of numerous award-winning works such as The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Blanco is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and has been a guest on numerous television programs as well as NPR. Born in Madrid to Cubanexiled parents and raised in Miami, the themes of his books center on the negotiation of cultural identity and place in society. Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His  work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world? We welcome Mr. Blanco to our series.


Amy Walter
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
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.


FRIDAY EVENING LECTURES
Lecture & Community Conversation, Dinner & Wine
NBPLF Member: $58*
Non-Member: $63*
7:00pm Lecture and Q&A
8:30pm Light supper & wine
Book sales & signing
*Prices include ticketing fee
SATURDAY AFTERNOON LECTURES
Lecture & Coffee, Cookies & Conversation
NBPLF Member: $38*
Non-Member: $43*
2:00pm Lecture and Q&A
3:30pm Coffee & dessert
Book sales & signing
*Prices include ticketing fee