Award-winning broadcaster and author Krista Tippett to speak at WFU

Event is part of the University’s ‘Voices of Our Time’ series

Krista Tippett

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author Krista Tippett will visit Wake Forest for a conversation with University President Nathan O. Hatch as part of the Voices of Our Time series.

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

As the creator and host of “On Being,” which airs on more than 400 public radio stations nationwide and globally via podcast, Tippett takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Krista and her guests reach beyond the headlines to explore meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural and technological shifts of 21st-century life. Her guests have ranged from poets and artists to activists and spiritual leaders. “On Being” was downloaded 28 million times in 2016 and played more than 53 million times in 2017.

“At a time when conversations on polarizing issues have become nearly impossible, Krista approaches difference with civility,” said Hatch.

“By acknowledging that each of us brings our own life experiences and good intentions to the table, she shows us respectful dialogue is not only possible but essential to finding middle ground. I am looking forward to our talk.” Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest president

She is the author of three books exploring spirituality and meaning, including the New York Times bestseller Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit, and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How to Talk About It.

In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Tippett’s next book, Letters to a Young Citizen, a field guide for discovering creative possibilities and reclaiming conversation and civility, will publish in fall 2019.

Tippett’s Civil Conversations Project, launched in 2011, is a series of conversations, public events and resources that offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

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