Tulsa Town Hall Announces Season


Nonprofit organization Tulsa Town Hall will begin its 82nd season on Sept. 23 with award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien.

As an internationally recognized broadcaster, O’Brien brings wider exposure to critical issues through her empowering initiatives, in-depth coverage of breaking news and documentaries. She will speak on the topic of “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives.” O’Brien has been named the Tulsa Performing Arts Center 40th Anniversary Speaker.

Dave Barry, America’s iconic humorist, speaks to Tulsa Town Hall subscribers on Nov. 4. For 22 years, Barry’s weekly column appeared in more than 500 newspapers with “humorous commentaries on all aspects of life. The keen sense of humor of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author will provide some pre-election levity as subscribers enjoy “The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry.” Thanks to a generous gift from the Bob West Family, Barry is the Sandra West Memorial Speaker.

Acclaimed poet and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea will take subscribers “From Tijuana to the World” on Jan. 13, 2017. Urrea uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore the themes of love, loss and triumph. He is the author of 14 best-selling books and publications in all major genres and has had three of his books chosen by 30 cities and colleges for the One Book community reading programs.

Photographer Joel Sartore will take the stage on March 31. As a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine, Sartore documents endangered species and landscapes. Sartore’s latest work “Photo Ark” includes portraits of the world’s captive species to inspire people everywhere to care. Joel Sartore is the Tulsa Town Hall Endowment Speaker.

The season will conclude with recent U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Speaking on “Foreign Policy Challenges Around the World,” McFaul, a Rhodes Scholar, will share his expertise as senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council with subscribers. His appearance in Tulsa is made possible by a gift from The Helmerich Trust.

All lectures are held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Season subscriptions cost $75 per person for all five lectures. Tickets to single performances are not available, but subscriptions may be purchased at any time. School groups are encouraged to attend single lectures as a curriculum enrichment opportunity. Visit tulsatownhall.com for more information.
Following each lecture, the speaker is a guest at a luncheon featuring a question-and-answer period with the lecturer. Tickets are available for season subscribers only and cost $25 per person for each luncheon. Reservations must be made in advance.

Round-trip shuttle service from Boston Avenue United Methodist Church to the is offered for $5 per person.

Updated 04-25-2016

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