Baltimore’s Upcoming Lectures, Speeches, and Talks: The Highlights

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Watching last night’s presidential debate gave me a hankering for a good lecture — a nice, long, thoughtful, interruption-free, nuanced, well-crafted lecture. Lucky for me (and you), some exciting speakers will be coming through Baltimore over the next few months. They include poets, internet start-up geniuses, foodies, and one of my favorite ex-presidents. Our roundup of Baltimore’s upcoming can’t-miss lectures is below:

  • Poet Michael Collier comes to the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library next Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. Collier has exactly the hair we like our (male) poets to have:  lush, gray, long-but-not-too-long. Oh, and the former Maryland Poet Laureate writes beautifully, too. This is a free event.
  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Meyerhoff as part of the Baltimore Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. Clinton has been having something of a moment recently; this is your chance to see him hold forth during the crucial weeks leading up to the presidential election. The catch? Tickets are sold out. But we bet you could try and scalp one.
  • Irish novelist Colm Toibin does a reading at Goucher college on November 12 at 8 p.m. Even if Toibin just reads the dictionary in his lovely Irish accent for an hour, this event would be worth it; considering that he’ll probably read from one of his award-winning novels instead, this is a no-brainer. The event is free and is followed by a book signing, but you’ll probably want to reserve tickets online anyway.
  • Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales stops by Johns Hopkins’ Shriver Hall on November 14 at 8 p.m. as part of the annual MSE Symposium. Imagine your life without Wikipedia:  it would be so bleak and empty of useful (and useless) facts! The lecture is free, but if a Hopkins student owes you a favor, get her to reserve you a premium seat for $20.


  • Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser comes to the University of Maryland- College Park’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. Schlosser has a lot of smart things to say about food, agricultural policies, and public health — and he’s generally pretty funny, too. This event is free, but you should reserve tickets online.


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