2017 Free Lawn Talks

**PLEASE SEE SCHEDULE CHANGES BELOW IN RED … PLUS A FREE BONUS LAWN TALK!!**

THREE evening Pavilion talks will be broadcast to the lawn and open to the public at no charge.

Because our space on the Upper Lawn is limited by the tent and lunch village set-up for our private event, we no longer have spots available for the Akhtar/Brooks talks on Sunday evening. If you have any questions, please email tickets@svwc.com or call 208-726-5454.

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Limit of 4 reservations per person.
  • Entry only permitted at Pavilion East Entrance or back of upper lawn next to SVWC tent.
  • Gates open at 5:00 PM. No early seating.
  • Seating on grass only. Please no high-backed chairs.
  • In the unlikely event that extreme weather necessitates a change in talk location, lawn access will not be available.
  • SVWC is not responsible for lost reservations.

*PLEASE NOTE … to reserve spots for Lawn Talks, you will need a current web browser that can run JavaScript, with cookies turned on and pop-up windows enabled.

Saturday, July 1


JEFFREY TOOBIN

The Supreme Court in the Age of Trump
Saturday, July 1 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Sun Valley Pavilion Lawn      

**NEW BONUS LAWN TALK

What will the Supreme Court―and its crucial decisions―look like in the years ahead? There is no better guide to this question than JEFFREY TOOBIN, longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and CNN senior legal analyst, and author of seven books, including THE NINE, his captivating examination of the people who decide the law of the land. The Court, he says, has always been a deeply political body; the justices will inevitably bring their own judicial tilt to the table. But the potential effects of today’s hyper-partisan climate concern him. What can we expect during the tenure of Trump? And ultimately, just how central is this one relatively small institution to the direction of our democracy?

PLEASE JOIN US … NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED

Sunday, July 2


Ayad Akhtar

Muslims in America: A Playwright’s Compendium of Characters
Sunday, July 2 • 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Sun Valley Pavilion Lawn        

**NEW TIME . . . FULL

No playwright has challenged our perceptions of Muslims in America as boldly, and with such dramatic vigor, as has AYAD AKHTAR, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for DISGRACED, the most produced play of the 2015-2016 season. Join Akhtar for an exciting evening of theater as characters from three of his recent plays grapple with themselves and with each other, and with the very idea of character. In this hour, Akhtar will stage monologues from his plays DISGRACED and THE INVISIBLE HAND, followed by a scene from THE WHO & THE WHAT, all framed by the playwright’s narration and reflection on his craft and themes. He will be joined on stage by two actors steeped in his work, RAJESH BOSE and NADINE MALOUF.

SORRY … THIS TALK IS FULL


Sunday, July 2


David Brooks

The Soul of America
Sunday, July 2 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Sun Valley Pavilion Lawn          

 **NEW DATE . . . FULL

Over the past few years, as partisan, political wars have been raging, New York Times columnist DAVID BROOKS has been mining a different vein. He has been traveling around the country, talking to Americans about something beyond and deeper than politics, trying to find out what matters to them and taking the measure of their longings and loyalties and loneliness. He says people are looking for connections with each other, with their families and their communities, and trying to figure out how to live fulfilled and meaningful lives of moral worth. These are the themes he explored in his two most recent books, THE ROAD TO CHARACTER and THE SOCIAL ANIMAL, and that he will explore with us tonight.

SORRY … THIS TALK IS FULL