Frederick Reads presents

Frederick Reads: Bill Bryson

“Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” -Chicago Sun Times

Bestselling author Bill Bryson has established himself as one of the worlds most beloved and prolific commentators by finding delight in the minutiae of travel and the subtleties of culture. He has chronicled everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail in the immensely popular “A Walk in the Woods” – named one of TIME magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books” – to capturing the zeitgeist of the Roaring Twenties in “One Summer: America 1927.”

Bryson shot to prominence in the United Kingdom with “Notes from a Small Island,” a humorous travel book that takes readers on an exploration of Great Britain, which was also adapted for television. He received further widespread recognition for “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a book widely acclaimed for its approachable communication of science. With more than twenty books in circulation, it is his unique comic sensibility that continues to entertain.

For all the acclaim, the award-winning Bryson is as unassuming as any Iowa-born, British citizen can be. He charms audiences with the same warmth, goofy wit, and dry, self-effacing humor that has made his work so universally appealing.

The film adaptation of Bryson’s popular book “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte premiered in September 2015.

Presented in part by:

C Burr Artz TrustFCPL.LOGO_1P_CMYK  Frederick Community College
Maryland State Arts Council Plamondon Hospitality Partners

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, FREE Event, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 5, 2017 7:30 pm

Frederick Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a gala celebration in honor of the Frederick Arts Council’s 40th anniversary! The program will feature speaker David Rubenstein (chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), with a musical performance by Sally Taylor & Something Underground.

Don’t miss the VIP reception with Rubenstein and Taylor before the program! Tickets to the reception (7:00pm-8:00pm), sold separately, include admission to the program. Buy your VIP reception tickets now!

Untitled design (5)David Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the principal philanthropists, businessmen, arts advocates, and humanitarians in the United States. His generosity has allowed the restoration of the Washington Monument, Monticello, and the Lincoln Memorial, among other national treasures. He purchased one of the last privately owned originals of the Magna Carta so that it could be displayed at the National Archives. He has long been an active proponent of the importance of the arts to a vibrant society and speaks eloquently on topics ranging from American history to the Citizen Artist.

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Sally Taylor, accomplished artist and musician, is the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Her albums include Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S and Shotgun.  She has done a TEDX talk on her arts education initiative ConSenses, an effort dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception. She has also established a record label.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Music, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 11, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Speaker Series presents

Dr. Bennet Omalu

First doctor to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes

Originally from eastern Nigeria, Dr. Bennet Omalu is the first doctor to discover and identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)—chronic brain damage—as a major factor in the deaths of several professional athletes. After he published his findings, he was  summarily dismissed—and even ridiculed—by his professional peers, the NFL, and the sports industry. Omalu stood his ground in search of the truth, and today, CTE has become generally accepted in the medical field. His findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine, the study of all types of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry. In 2015, Omalu’s life and work were chronicled in a book and film, both titled “Concussion.”

In 2015, Omalu was awarded a WebMD Health Heroes award for his discovery and efforts to raise awareness of CTE. He is also a recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. He holds eight medical and non-medical degrees and certifications, including a Master’s in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Public Heath in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work as a forensic pathologist, neuropathologist, and epidemiologist, he is the President of Bennet Omalu Pathology, Inc., a private medico-legal consulting corporation He continues to advise governmental and non-governmental agencies, hospitals, corporations, industries, families, and private attorneys in complex medical and legal cases. Omalu lives in Sacramento with his wife Prema and their two children.

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March 23, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Meet-&-greets available for an additional $75 each. Please contact the Box Office to purchase.

Frederick Speaker Series presents

Bill Nye

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Emmy® Award-winning scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor

Bill Nye has dedicated his life to helping foster a scientifically literate society and helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes the world work. His career began as an engineer at Boeing, but not long after going to work for them, Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, developing dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Nye quit his day job and made the transition to a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s homegrown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live,” where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born.

Nye won seven national Emmy® Awards for writing, performing, and producing “Bill Nye the Science Guy®.” The show itself won 18 Emmys in five years. Nye has authored five children’s’ books about science: “Big Blast of Science,” “Bill Nye’s Consider the Following,” “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Big Blue Ocean,” “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Dinosaur Dig,” and “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” In addition to his children’s’ books, he is also the author of “Undeniable – Evolution and the Science of Creation,” which was featured on the New York Times’ Bestseller List.

Nye currently serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. Previously, he was elected the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year in 2010, and he was also the honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with the Ralph Coates Roe Medal in 2012. In addition to his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, he holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Quinnipiac University, Willamette University, and Lehigh University.

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April 20, 2017 7:30 pm Sold Out Meet-&-greets available for an additional $75 each. Please contact the Box Office to purchase.
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