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Tim Zimmermann

BLACKFISH

Featuring Tim Zimmermann

Already Performed this Season

Tim Zimmermann is an award-winning Correspondent with Outside Magazine, author of The Race, and Associate Producer and Co-Writer of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish. Zimmermann's writing focuses on humanity's relationship with the natural world, and he has reported on everything from extreme cave diving to efforts to communicate with dolphins. In 2010 and 2011 he wrote The Killer In The Pool, a deep investigation into the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, and Blood In The Water, a follow-up report which deconstructed another fatal attack by a SeaWorld orca. Those two stories became the basis for Blackfish, which Zimmermann helped produce.

Prior to writing for Outside, Zimmermann was a Senior Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent at US News & World Report. His work has also appeared in a variety of publications, including Men's Journal and Sports Illustrated.

Zimmermann lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children, and continues to write about orcas, marine mammals, and the natural world. You can follow his work via TimZimmermann.com, Facebook, and Twitter. He is a graduate of Yale University, and the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.

Frank Warren

PostSecret Live

Featuring Frank Warren

Already Performed this Season

Frank Warren is the sole founder of the PostSecret Project, a growing collection of artful secrets, mailed to his home on postcards. His first book, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (ReganBooks), is a New York Times best-seller. He followed it up with My Secret: A PostSecret Book, The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book: and his most recent, A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book. In 2009, he released a PostSecret book focusing on religion and spirituality, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, which reached #1 on The New York Times best-seller list. The PostSecret website (which has received more than 450 million hits) has been awarded six weblog awards including "Best American Blog" and "Blog of the Year" since 2006. In 2012, Frank was honored by the Webby Awards as "People's Voice" for "Net Art." His traveling exhibition of PostSecret cards was described by The Washington Post as "one of the five best art shows in 2005."

Every month, over seven million people visit the award-winning PostSecret website, which has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE.

Henrietta Lacks

The Lacks Family

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Already Performed this Season

The Lacks Family has enthralled university and library audiences across the country talking about their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her important contribution to science. The international success of Rebecca Skloot's New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly interested in the Lacks Family and Henrietta's legacy. In their appearances, members of the family share what it meant to find out - decades after the fact - that Henrietta's cells were being used in laboratories around the world, bought and sold by the billions. Appearances by the Lacks Family put a personal face on big issues such as the dark history of experimentation on African-Americans, the birth of bioethics, legal battles over "informed consent" and whether we control the stuff we're made of and should be allowed to share in the profits.


Dwight Gooden
Dwight Gooden
Bobby Valentine
Bobby Valentine
50th Celebration Event

Talking Baseball and Beyond

Featuring Dwight Gooden, Bobby Valentine
and author Ellis Henican
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Sponsored by The Graham Foundation of Connecticut Inc.

Already Performed this Season

"Talking Baseball and Beyond" will be an interviewstyle event that intimately explores the careers and personalities of two former baseball stars, Dwight Gooden and Bobby Valentine. Ellis Henican, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Fox News commentator and writer of Doc: A Memoir will provide thought-provoking questions that will offer attendees a greater insight into the minds and careers of two of the most interesting men to ever wear a New York Mets uniform.

Former Major League manager Bobby Valentine was named executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Sacred Heart University in February of 2013. Baseball fans might best know Valentine from his stints managing the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox in the majors and the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League, or from his work as a baseball analyst for ESPN in 2009 and 2010.

At age nineteen, Dwight Gooden was baseball's pitching phenom, thrilling New Yorkers and fans everywhere. Nicknamed "Doc" for his surgical 98 mph fastball, he was named Rookie of the Year, was the youngest player to appear in an All-Star game, received the Cy Young Award and guided the New York Mets to a World Series victory... his first of three World Series rings. After a long battle with drug addiction, Gooden, a dedicated father of seven, is clean and working with at-risk children and adults.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He is author of three recent New York Times best sellers: Home Team with Saints coach Sean Payton, In The Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip and Damn Few with Navy SEAL legend Rorke Denver.

50th Celebration Event

Chris Herren

Chris Herren

Basketball Junkie

Already Performed this Season

Chris Herren, a 6'2" guard from Fall River, Massachusetts, scored 2,073 career points while at Durfee High School. A Boston Globe and Gatorade player of the year, Herren received numerous awards and honors during his high school career including being named to the McDonald's All American team in 1994. Recruited by the top Division 1 programs in the country, Chris chose Boston College only to break his wrist during his first collegiate game. Sidelined by his injury, Herren failed several drug tests and left Boston College. He continued his college career at Fresno State where he led the nation in assists and steals.

Drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft, Chris played for the Denver Nuggets his rookie year prior to being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2000. As a Celtic, Chris had a career high 18 points against Dallas and then suffered a season-ending injury. After being released from the Celtics, Chris played basketball overseas in five countries: Italy, Poland, Turkey, China and Iran.

Chris struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Alcohol- and drug-free since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Dick Hoyt
Dick Hoyt

Dick Hoyt

Together You Can Do Anything!

Already Performed this Season

Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He, along with his dad, Dick, have formed "Team Hoyt" and they have competed around the world in marathons and triathlons.

The Hoyts have competed in over 1,090 athletic events in the last 34 years. They have run in 70 marathons - including 31 times in the Boston Marathon. They have also competed in 252 triathlons, six of them Ironman distance events.

Dick, 73, is a retired lt. colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. Rick, 51, is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in special education. Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and a non-speaking person - but despite these disabilities, Rick's mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University.

Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness, and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, "Yes You Can." Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities.