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  • Robert Wright on Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 6:00 PM, Bomhard Theater

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  • Robert Wright NL Screening on Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 6:00 PM, North Lobby
  • Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s): Monday, November 27th @ 6:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $25.00 Interview | $120.00 Dinner +Interview
  • Running Time: 1 hour with Q&A following
  • Access Services: Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System
    502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)?
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Hearing

SCENE at the Center, our small plates eatery, offers bar and food service two hours prior to most performances in Whitney Hall and the Bomhard Theater. Kitchen service ends as the curtain rises, but beverage service will continue throughout the performances and extend through midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum series is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum, and is sponsored by Brown-Forman, and The Humana Foundation.

Each live Kentucky Author Forum is taped by KET; the Forum interviews air as “Great Conversations” on PBS member stations nationwide.

Show Details

Kentucky Author Forum Presents
Robert Wright, author of 

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Interviewer – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Because of the tremendous response to this event, Kentucky Author Forum has arranged for additional general seating in the North Lobby at The Kentucky Center. The interview will be shown in this location on a wide screen, with live audio feed from the Bomhard Theater. This screening will go on sale on November 7th.

Robert Wright—one of the nation’s foremost public intellectuals and an expert on evolutionary psychology— has produced a deeply personal exploration of how natural selection has inclined us toward delusion and unhappiness, anxiety, depression, anger, and greed. And, in addition to making us unhappy, our delusions foster conflict, whether along national, religious, or—increasingly—ideological lines.

Wright shows us a way out of this trap with his “joyful and insightful book [that] is both entertaining and informative” (Publishers Weekly). Buddhism declared thousands of years ago what scientists are only now discovering: that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly, and that there are specific and practical steps we can take to see things as they really are. Buddhism diagnoses our human predicament—and offers a cure. And this cure offers clarity of vision which includes a clarity of moral vision, helping us find happiness and enriching our relationships with other human beings. Robert Wright is also the author of The Evolution of God, Nonzero and The Moral Animal.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is also the founding director of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He is the author of a number of books, including Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.


5:00 PM - Carmichael's Book Sale - Wine & Cheese provided by Brown-Forman
6:00 PM - Interview in the Bomhard Theater
7:00 PM - Q & A
A $25 ticket includes the above three events
8:15 PM - Dinner in honor of the Author, location TBA
A $120* package ticket includes the above three events plus dinner with author & interviewer
*$50 tax deductible, with proceeds to nonprofit Kentucky Author Forum

Kentucky Center Members, order through the Hotlines to receive your FULL BENEFITS, including waived fees. MembersFirst ($100-499 donors), call (502) 566-5144. CenterCircle Members ($500+), call (502) 566-5195. Hotlines are open M-F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Members can purchase tickets for this show starting Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by calling the Membership Hotline.