Previous Classes

Aaron Dworkin

Five Things I've Learned About

How Social Change Really Happens

Recorded: 05/08/2021

Join entrepreneur, professor, MacArthur Fellow, and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron Dworkin, as he shares the five things he’s learned about the life-changing power of diversity in the arts.

Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Cinema’s Past, Present, and Future

Recorded: 05/02/2021

Join global-film community tastemakers Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate in this live, 90-minute online class and discover the five things they’ve learned about cinema’s rich history — and about the many ways to love the movies.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Recorded: 04/19/2021

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about writing — and appreciating — narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Simon Winchester

Five Things I've Learned About

The Joy of Dictionaries

Recorded: 04/17/2021

Join celebrated writer and raconteur Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, on an invigorating journey into the history, art, and heart of dictionary-making 

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Cara Black

Five Things I've Learned About

Crafting a Sense of Place

Recorded: 04/11/2021

Join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black and discover the five things she’s learned about the ways that a strong sense of place anchors readers and draws them into the story.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Jerry Saltz

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Look at Art

Recorded: 04/03/2021

Join Pulitzer-Prize winning art critic and New York magazine columnist Jerry Saltz and discover the five things he’s learned about how artists and art lovers become really good at art.

Isabel Allende

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Fiction

Recorded: 03/28/2021

Join Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read and acclaimed authors in the world, and discover the five things she’s learned about writing fiction, discovering your voice, and writing the work you were born to create.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of Stillness

Recorded: 03/27/2021

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Pico Iyer and discover the five things he’s learned about opening up space in our heads, and in our days.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

BJ Miller

Five Things I've Learned About

Living and Dying During the Pandemic

Recorded: 03/20/2021

Join hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. BJ Miller and discover the five things he’s learn learned anew about living and preparing for death after this year of shared loss, challenge, and renewal.

Elizabeth Lesser

Five Things I've Learned About

How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Recorded: 03/13/2021

Join New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser and discover the five things she’s learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and speak their truths — and redefine what it means to be a hero.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

Deepening the Creative Flow

Recorded: 03/06/2021

Join acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro and discover the five things they’ve learned from own their experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met — about cultivating and deepening the creative flow.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Catherine Grace Katz

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing the History We Think We Know

Recorded: 02/28/2021

Join acclaimed historian and writer Catherine Grace Katz and discover the five things she’s learned about how to uncover and share the stories that challenge our ideas of history.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Recorded: 02/21/2021

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland — and her special guest Penelope Tree— and discover what she’s learned about documenting and sharing the lives of some of the transforming figures in art, culture, and fashion.

Featuring special guest Penelope Tree

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Recorded: 02/20/2021

Join acclaimed music critic and opera insider Anne Midgette and discover the five things she’s learned that make it easy to appreciate and enjoy this essential art form.

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Recorded: 02/07/2021

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about understanding and surviving the moral injury individuals suffer when forced to witness an event that goes against their moral core.

Don George

Five Things I've Learned About

How to be a Travel Writer

Recorded: 02/06/2021

Join the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing, and discover the five things that Don George has learned about what makes a great travel story — and how to maximize your chances for publishing success.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned About

How Characters Come to Life

Recorded: 01/30/2021

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and discover the five things she’s learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

Giving Voice to What Matters in the New Year

Recorded: 01/16/2021

Join writer and publisher Brooke Warner live and discover the five things she’s learned about putting out the message you most want to share in the new year.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of the Interview

Recorded: 11/14/2020

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

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