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We hope you will join us for the 10th season of Columbia College Chicago's Conversations in the Arts series, a program that offers in-depth dialogues with some of the world's most notable cultural figures.

Over the past nine seasons, our audiences have enjoyed illuminating evenings with personalities such as Lauren Bacall, James Earl Jones, Ben Vereen, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews, Salman Rushdie, Jane Alexander, Edward James Olmos, Jonathan Kozol, Richard Florida, Michael Beschloss, Donna Brazile, Gloria Steinem, Patti Smith, Debbie Allen, David Cromer, Christian Siriano, Biz Stone, Arianna Huffington, and Mira Nair. 

This year, to highlight Columbia’s unique strengths in shaping future comedy professionals, our guests are alums of Second City and among comedy’s leading lights and innovators. On October 23, we will welcome comedian and actor Horatio Sanz (’92), a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. On February 25, the inimitable entertainment legend Joan Rivers will reflect on her groundbreaking and multi-faceted career.

As a leading educator of young creative people – and an essential player in Chicago's vibrant cultural scene -- Columbia College Chicago is the ideal presenter for this kind of encounter. Our diverse body of graduates enhances the vitality of American life and authors the culture of the times through their original works, performances, collaborations – all their creative endeavors.

Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim

President & CEO, Columbia College Chicago