Inspiration for Mind and Soul at Local Speaker Series

    Looking for some dialogue and discourse to motivate, challenge and inspire? National speakers and artists visit Colorado Springs throughout the year in many series and formats.

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    Theatreworks Prologue Town Hall. Photo courtesy of UCCS Presents.

    After listening to poet Richard Blanco speak, I want to run outside and embrace the moon. My mind is alive and my soul inspired. I want to relish in the joys of humanity and seek the extraordinary in the ordinary (as Blanco, the inaugural poet selected to recite at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, so eloquently puts it). Who knew I might like poetry? I wonder, When can I get my next fix?

    Turns out that we have a number of mind-provoking and heart-pricking opportunities to hear nationally known storytellers, artists and speakers here in the Springs. Whether looking for creative inspiration or leadership aspiration, you’ll find plenty to engage your mind and heart. Sign up for email updates or bookmark the series below that pique your interest.

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    Award-winning journalist Helen Thorpe. Photo courtesy of Colorado College.

    Colorado College Visiting Writer Series

    The English Department at CC has brought more than 225 established and emerging authors to town since its inception. This fall (Sept. 11−Dec. 10), they will host eight authors, including several listed below. All are free and open to the public.
    Location: Colorado College (Gaylord Hall, Celeste Theater)
    Upcoming:
    Sept. 27: Diane Seuss, Pulitzer Prize poetry finalist
    Oct. 2: Helen Thorpe, award-winning journalist
    Nov. 8: Esther G. Belin, award-winning Diné (Navajo) poet and multimedia artist
    coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/visiting-writer-series/

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    Award-winning Diné (Navajo) poet and multimedia artist Esther G. Belin. Photo courtesy of Colorado College.

    Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

    Though known mostly for the galleries, art classes and regional theater productions, the FAC occasionally hosts “An Evening With…” that brings in a nationally known comedian, actor or artist. FAC members receive a discount on tickets.
    Location: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
    Upcoming:
    Nov. 1: Paula Poundstone, comedian and author
    csfineartscenter.org/theatre 


    Converge Lecture Series

    Be inspired by some of the top award-winning authors and poets of our day. Richer than a TED talk, the goal of this series is to spark meaningful conversations on moral beauty. Tickets available about two months out; premier tickets include a post-talk Q&A with the speaker over dessert and coffee.
    Location: The Pinery at the Hill
    Upcoming:
    Nov. 4: Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author
    convergelectureseries.org

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    Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat. Photo courtesy of Converge Lecture Series.

    National Character & Leadership Symposium

    This annual winter symposium, Feb. 21-22, 2019, at the Air Force Academy brings in distinguished scholars, world-class athletes, corporate executives as well as military leaders to discuss good leadership and moral character. Next year’s theme is Leadership, Teamwork and Organizational Management. Open to the public. Speaker sessions are free but require advance registration; meal and symposium dinner packages are available for a fee.
    Location: U.S. Air Force Academy
    Upcoming:
    Oct. 1: Registration opens.
    usafa.edu/character/national-character-leadership-symposium-ncls


    St. Anselm Society

    A project of a network of churches in Colorado, this group hosts faith-based lectures and workshops to inspire imagination and strengthen tomorrow’s great artists.
    Location: Various
    Upcoming:
    Oct. 14: Andrew Lazo, internationally recognized authority on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, lectures on Lewis’ book Till We Have Faces. At Glen Eyrie or Facebook Live streaming (often free for society members).
    anselmsociety.org/upcomingevents


    The Story Project

    You may have heard The Story Project on KRCC radio. Why not catch it live? This is casual true storytelling without a script, and it takes place on the second Friday of each month. If you’re brave, join the storyteller lineup. Entrance fee $5.
    Location: Sunwater Spa
    Upcoming:
    Oct. 12: Storytellers Richard Marold, Charlie Ammen, Nori Rost, Mindy Nichols
    Nov. 9: Storytellers TBD
    facebook.com/theStoryProjectsoco


    UCCS Presents

    A variety of series at the Ent Center for the Arts features intriguing lectures and discussions with local and nationally-known artists, performers, creators and leaders.
    Location: Ent Center for the Arts
    Upcoming:
    Oct. 2: Chit Chat: Empathy & Bread featuring UCCS Anthropology faculty Kimbra Smith and David McInnis, owner of Nightingale Bread at Lincoln Center in Colorado Springs
    Oct. 21: Prologue: Raisin, Lysistrata, Gender & the Theatre gathers a panel led by Public Theater Producer Stephanie Ybarra to discuss women in arts leadership, modes of community outreach, and diversity in the theater.
    Nov. 27: Visiting Artists and Critics Series featuring Dani and Sheilah Restack, who present their collaborative video and multimedia performance work.
    uccspresents.org


    Keep an Eye On…

    City Center Series

    This program of the Downtown Partnership brings in nationally renowned experts to discuss urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. Buy tickets for individual speakers or for the entire series.
    Location: Colorado College
    Upcoming: Register for a preview evening Nov. 13 at The Warehouse with Chris Liedel, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Museum, and hear the announcement of series events happening January through April.
    downtowncs.com/event/citycenter

    UCCS Significant Speaker Event

    Once a year, UCCS brings in a well-known actor, speaker or author for a public lecture. Past speakers have included actress Diane Guerrero, elite athlete Gabbrielle Douglas, actor Levar Burton and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
    Location: ENT Center for the Arts
    Upcoming: The guest for 2019 will be announced this fall.
    www.uccs.edu/speaker

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