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With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, Garden Walk Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival to free outdoor music concerts and ethnic food festivals of every stripe, our special events and festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.



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Peter Diamandis – Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesday, Nov. 14th
$18 - $58; Starting: 7:30 PM

Peter Diamandis, MD, is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by FORTUNE Magazine.  He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of “Abundance The Future Is Better Than You Think” and “BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.”  Diamandis earned an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT, and received his MD from Harvard Medical School.  His mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

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Jesmyn Ward

Thursday, Nov. 15th
$110; Starting: 8:00 PM

The 2nd speaker in the Babel series, Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Lisa Genova – Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, Dec. 6th
$18 - $58; Starting: 7:30 PM

Lisa Genova, PhD, is acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science. Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is author of the New York Times bestselling novels “Still Alice,” “Left Neglected,” “Love Anthony,” and “Inside the O’Briens.” Most recently, she released “Every Note Played.”  Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a doctorate in Neuroscience from Harvard University. 

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Angela Davis – Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesday, Feb. 27th
$18 - $58; Starting: 7:30 PM

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis, PhD, has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.

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Min Jin Lee

Wednesday, Mar. 20th
$110; Starting: 8:00 PM

The 3rd speaker in the Babel series – MIN JIN LEE’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for The Times (London), NPR’s “Fresh Air” and USA Today. Her second novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017 and was named one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by The New York Times. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, and her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely.

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Ronan Farrow

Thursday, Mar. 28th
$18 - $58; Starting: 7:30 PM

Ronan Farrow was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People of 2018” for his culture-shifting reporting for The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment and abuse of power. Farrow has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In early 2018, Farrow signed an exclusive three-year deal with HBO to develop and be featured in a series of investigative documentary specials.

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Condoleezza Rice

Wednesday, Apr. 17th
$32 - $68; Starting: 7:30 PM

From January 2005 to 2009, Condoleezza Rice, PhD, served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States, the first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.  Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

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George Saunders

Thursday, Apr. 18th
$110; Starting: 8:00 PM

The final speaker in the Babel series, GEORGE SAUNDERS is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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