November 21st at 6 pm in the Main Hall
Tickets are $39 *plus fees
Front & Center is a topical speaker series that will have an annual theme focusing on significant national and global discourse. The series will bring renowned thought leaders to share their authentic, unique perspectives on the year's topic, provoke self-reflection, and conclude with a Q&A with audience members.
The 2021-22 Front & Center speaker series will focus on racial inequality and inclusion in America. As our nation and the world mourn the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, the conversation of racism in America is essential and overdue. To lead us with this important conversation and reflection, we will bring three thought leaders to the Main Hall: Lisa Ling on November 21st, 2021, Carla Hall on February 6th, 2022, and Solomon Thomas on April 3rd, 2022.
Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN. Lisa explores the scourge prescription pill addiction in Utah, the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown, and a town in the rural Midwest where young men aspire to be priests.
For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Lisa embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin, got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement, witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans of war, and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capitol. She has also profiled Americans living beneath the poverty line for the first time and people serving unimaginably lengthy prison sentences for crimes they did not commit.
Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.
The Mr. Cooper Group Lobby Gallery opens 1 Hour prior to the performance starting and the Main Hall doors open 30 Minutes prior to the performance starting.
*Concessions will be open before the performance.