2017-18 Critical Conversations @Soka Series

Critical Conversations @Soka Series


Featuring artists, instigators, and thought leaders, this series ignites ideas and stimulates conversation throughout Orange County.

Tickets: $28 ($14 student/senior/military)
Package: 3 Critical Conversations Events
Package Price: $72 ($36 student/senior/military)
Package Savings: $6-12
Location/Configuration: Concert Hall/Quasi-Thrust

Journalism Under Fire: Finding Fake vs. Fact
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Richard Stengel has seen and led the transformation of mainstream media. He used those skills at the State Department, describing his role there as “Chief Marketing Officer of Brand USA.” He remains centered at the crossroads of media, policy, and politics – as an adviser to Snapchat and a commentator on MSNBC. His collaboration with Nelson Mandela produced the New York Times bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

Race, Justice & Mercy: Can They Coexist in America?
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Bryan Stevenson’s relentless work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him major awards and transformative legal victories. He was named to the 2015 Time 100, recognizing the world’s most influential people, and to Fortune’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders lists. He is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.

Getting to Mars: Space Entrepreneurs Give NASA a Lift
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Greg Autry believes in humankind’s future in the solar system and is engaging a diverse panel of experts to explain why. Autry served on the NASA agency review team and as White House liaison to NASA. He is on the editorial board of the New Space Journal and publishes his opinions in major news outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular Forbes contributor.


Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on September 1.

New series package requests will begin on September 1, 2017. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series.

PLEASE NOTE: Speakers, programs, dates, and times subject to change.