Kentucky Author Forum

Politics
7:30 am
Sun December 8, 2013

When Politics Worked: Chris Matthews Discusses Reagan and O'Neill at the Kentucky Author Forum

One of the hallmarks of U.S. politics in recent years is the seeming inability of opposing sides to work together pragmatically to come up with solutions. It's not an entirely new phenomenon, but many observers say things are more contentious now than ever before.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Death of Santini: Pat Conroy at Kentucky Author Forum

Pat Conroy's  new book delves into his past, furthering the account of family struggle, expanding on the story of his father, the inspiration for his novel, The Great Santini.  In the forward, he states, “I’ve been writing the story of my own life for over forty years. My own stormy autobiography has been my theme, my dilemma, my obsession, and the fly-by-night dread I bring to the art of fiction.”  With both his parents now deceased, Conroy is able to view them with a bit more detachment, appreciating some redeeming qualities in his father, Marine Corps Colonel Don Conroy, and mother, Peg Conroy Egan.

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Kentucky Author Forum
9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Win tickets to see Elaine Pagels at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Elaine Pagels on March 19th at the Kentucky Center. Pagels is a religion scholar, professor at Princeton University, and author of The Gnostic Gospels and Revelations:Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. She will be interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media at Syracuse University and former New York Times Religion Correspondent.

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Science
12:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Learning From Past Societies to Improve the Future: Jared Diamond

Hear Jared Diamond at the Kentucky Author Forum.

Jared Diamond spoke in Louisville on January 9, 2013 as featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum, discussing in detail his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies.  Diamond is an author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio-geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA.

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Kentucky Author Forum
6:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Win tickets to see Jared Diamond at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Jared Diamond on January 9th at the Kentucky Center. Diamond is an evolutionary biologist, professor of geography at UCLA, and author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?  

Diamond will be interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, Associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

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Science
7:48 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Ray Kurzweil


Hear Ray Kurzweil at the Kentucky Author Forum on 11/26/12.

Ray Kurzweil, arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist, is one of the leading inventors of our time and a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Among his inventions, Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition device, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

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Kentucky Author Forum
12:12 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Win tickets to see Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming on November 26th at the Kentucky Center. Kurzweil is an inventor, a futurist, and author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Kurweil will be interviewed by public radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" host, Jim Fleming.

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Science
2:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why?

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker was the guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by NPR's Neal Conan.  Pinker is a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid

The final Kentucky Author Forum of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist Ahmed Rashid, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rashid is author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to explain what the future there may hold.

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Kentucky Author Forum
2:32 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Erik Larson's Exploration of Hitler's Berlin

Award-winning writer Erik Larson was the featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on April 16, 2012. He was interviewed by Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR’s newsmagazine, All Things Considered. Larson's In the Garden of Beasts is the saga of an American father and daughter who in July 1933 found themselves, and the rest of their family, transported to the heart of Hitler's Berlin.

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