The free Main Event: Many Voices series returns with an exciting range of voices featuring an Emmy award-winning storyteller, an actor-comedian and viral sensation, and a scientist and autism spokesperson.
October 3, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium
Sarah is a strong advocate on behalf of Indigenous Peoples whose deep perspective is rooted in her life story as an Oglala Lakota activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sarah is currently Co - CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation, an Indigenous women-led organization, focused on resourcing innovative Indigenous women-led initiatives in narrative change, healing, climate justice, civic engagement, and restorative and regenerative development ecosystems. Sarah is presented in partnership with the Portage Path Collaborative.
October 17, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium
In his memoir, "I Take My Coffee Black: Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America," Tyler tells hilarious stories about his life as a Black man in America. As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man living in the South, Merritt is well aware of stereotypes and their potentially dangerous consequences. In response, Merritt has devoted his creativity to bringing his ethos of "Love. Learn. Create." to life through his words and videos as part of The Tyler Merritt Project. Merritt takes his audiences along with him on a journey of contradictions: at turns both funny and sad, mysterious, relatable, commonplace, and dangerous, he shines a light on "full-spectrum humanity" (The New York Times) that makes an impactful and relevant message. Merritt's emphasis on humility and connection provides an urgent roadmap during turbulent times, challenging audiences to see our differences as a unifying force for humankind.
October 24, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, with signs of severe autism, Temple Grandin spent many hours in speech therapy and intensive teaching, enabling her to learn speech. Temple is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Temple presents her latest book, "Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.". Grandin draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking, proposing new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers.
**This event is full. Registration is closed.**
Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9015.
The programs are free, open to the public, and presented with support from the Friends of Main Library.
For media interviews, contact:
Stephanie Jolliff, Culture & AV Division Manager
330-643-9039 Direct Dial