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David Brooks

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

In Partnership with World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

The Second Mountain by New York Times columnist David Brooks is a thought-provoking commentary on the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Brooks explores what it means to lead a meaningful life, suggesting that the first mountain an individual faces is about building up the ego, defining the self, and striving for success; the second mountain is about shedding the ego, planting yourself amid those who need, and giving yourself away. Brooks has spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill. This new book is the product of his personal quest for a joyful life.


Fashion and Art in Impressionist Paris

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.

Step into Impressionist Paris with an evening of art and fashion. Begin your night with French-inspired dishes in the cafe, visit the new exhibition Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist, learn about the fashion trends present in Morisot's paintings and what they tell us about late 19th-century French society, and see the fashions come to life in a runway show featuring period garments made by fashion design students at the Art Institute of Dallas. 


David Sedaris

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his tenth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans. Hailed as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including Calypso, Theft by Finding: Diaries (19772002), Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  


Melinda Gates

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Melinda Gates’s inspiring debut The Moment of Lift traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. One thing has become increasingly clear to her: if you want to lift a society up, invest in women. Gates introduces us to her heroes in the movement toward equality, offers startling data, and shares moving conversations she’s had with women from all over the world. A personal statement of passionate conviction, she traces her evolution from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.


A Moveable Feast Book Club: David Brooks' "The Second Mountain"

Tuesday, May 7, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join other book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Boardroom and enjoy stimulating conversation about David Brooks’s latest book, The Second Mountain, his deeply personal exploration of what it means to lead a joyful life. Brooks spent more than five years thinking about how to give life meaning after worldly success failed to fulfill him, and his book shares insights into the perils of the rampant individualism that has become the defining ethos of our culture. Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, will facilitate the conversation and lead the group discussion.


Jared Diamond

Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Esteemed scientist and historian Jared Diamond presents a brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others do not. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis reveals how seven countries have successfully survived defining upheavals in the recent past through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, Diamond investigates whether the United States and the world are squandering their natural advantages, on a path toward political conflict and decline. Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize for his internationally bestselling book Guns, Germs, and Steel.