Join us for the inaugural event of The Great Humans Series, featuring Roxane Gay and Abbi Jacobson in conversation at Second Home Hollywood. Lisa Congdon will introduce.
The Great Humans Series is a contemporary reboot of the influential lecture series organized by late artist and educator Corita Kent in the 1960s. Enjoy an inspiring and rebellious evening embodying Corita’s ethos of hope, love, and justice.
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel and the editor of Best American Short Stories 2018. She is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture, and a YA novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything. In 2018, she won a Guggenheim fellowship.
Abbi Jacobson is the co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City which just wrapped its fifth and final season. Recently, she can be seen starring opposite Dave Franco in 6 Balloons, a dark dramatic feature for Netflix which premiered at SXSW 2018. Previously, Abbi starred in the film Person To Person opposite Michael Cera, which premiered at Sundance 2017, and released her first illustrated book Carry This Book which was a New York Times Best Seller. Most recently, she released her book I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, And Other Stuff. She is also voicing the female lead on Matt Groening’s new animated Netflix series Disenchanted.
Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful, graphic drawings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. She is the author of eight books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist and her latest book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
History—While serving as head of the Immaculate Heart College’s art department in Los Angeles from 1964–1968, Corita Kent launched a lecture series featuring leading artists, activists, and scholars, titled the “Great Men Series.” Speakers included John Cage, Charles Eames, Peter Yates, Virgil Thomson, Daniel Berrigan, Josef von Sternberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Buckminster Fuller who called it, “one of the most fundamentally inspiring experiences of my life.”
The Corita Art Center is a project of the Immaculate Heart Community.