Past Pierson Teas 2014-2015
Playwright and Artistic Director of The Indian Ensemble Abhishek Majumbar. The Indian Ensemble is performing “Thook”, an imaginative theatrical story about global food systems and food security at the Iseman Theater. Majumdar and some cast members will be at Pierson to discuss the production, food security and the challenges of taking Indian theater to international arenas.
Thursday, September 18th, 4:00 pm Tea with Kia Corthron
Playwright Kia Corthron came to national attention in the early nineties with her play, Come Down Burning. She is the author of more than ﬁfteen plays, including Breath, Boom; The Venus de Milo is Armed; Tap the Leopard; and A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. She has also written episodes for the acclaimed television series’ The Wire and The Jury. She is one of the winners of this year’s Windham Campbell Prize.
Wednesday, September 24th, 4:00 pm Tea with Chandrahas Chodhury
Novelist Chandrahas Choudhury grew up in Bombay and his native Odisha, was educated at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge, and now lives in Delhi. He writes a weekly column on Indian politics, society and literature for Bloomberg View. Choudhury’s essays and book reviews have appeared in The National, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times
Thursday, October 2nd, 4:30 pm Tea with Robert C. Post
Yale Law School Dean Robert Post spoke with Master Davis about his new book “Citizens Divided: Campaign Finance Reform and the Constitution.”
Tuesday, October 7th, 4:00 pm Tea with Erica Frenkel
Erica Frenkel is the Vice President of Gradian
Thursday, October 16th, 4:00 pm Tea with Samantha Grant
Samantha Grant is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Through her San Francisco based production company GUSH productions, Sam has created work for clients including MTV, ABC, PBS, CNN, NPR, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International.
Thursday, October 30th, 4:00 pm Tea with Amira Yahyaoui
Amira is a Tunisian human rights advocate and founder of the award winning Al Bawsala, a public policy and accountability NGO. While still a teenager, Amira was banned from her homeland for her activism and fled to Paris where she was stateless for several years. Following her country’s revolution in 2011, Amira returned to Tunisia for the transition and writing of the Tunisian constitution.
Thursday, November 6th, 4:00 pm Tea with Ludger Viefhues-Bailey
Wednesday, November 12th, 4:00 pm Tea with Eran Riklis
Eran Riklis has been active in the movie world since 1975, and has directed shorts, commercials and TV series. He lives in Tel Aviv but regards himself not only as an Israeli but as a world director, which he has proved in filming Playoff (2011) in Germany and Zaytoun (2012) in Israel but for the English-speaking market.
Monday, January 19th, 4:00 pm Tea with Michael Twitty
Michael decided to fully trace out his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and a front ring seat in the debate over race and food in American life.
Thursday, January 29th, 4:00 pm Tea with Jack Hedin
Jack Hedin is the owner and operator of Featherstone Farm in southeastern Minnesota, which produces 160 acres of fresh market, certified organic fruits and vegetables for distribution throughout the Midwest. Hedin received an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1989 before becoming interested in sustainable agriculture.
Thursday, February 12th, 4:00 pm Tea with Deborah Harkness
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Thursday, March 5th, 4:00 pm Tea with David Neeleman
Thursday, March 26th, 4:00 pm Tea with Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as a critic, teacher, lecturer, author, scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought.
Thursday, April 2nd, 4:00 pm Tea with Michael J. Gerhardt
Michael J. Gerhardt has advised congressional leaders and White House officials on numerous constitutional issues, including judicial nominations, recess appointments, impeachment, and the filibuster. Professor Gerhardt frequently participates in academic workshops and colloquia around the country, and he is regularly interviewed as an expert on constitutional law by network and cable television, major newspapers, and National Public Radio.
Thursday, April 16th, 4:30pm Tea with Emily Bazelon
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Wednesday, April 22th, 4:30pm Tea with David Duchovny