2019 International Lecture Series

Graham Moore
New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter
January 21, 2019 @4:30 pm

Since his first appearance in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has become arguably the most enduring fictional character of the past two centuries. Why? What about Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation caused him to outlast his peers in the popular imagination, and to define an entire genre of detective fiction? In what ways was Sherlock Holmes both a perfectly emblematic creature of the Victorian age – and yet a timeless one as well?

GRAHAM MOORE is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for The Imitation Game won the Academy Award® and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture.

Moore’s first novel, The Sherlockian (2010), was published in 16 countries and translated into 13 languages. It was called “sublime” and “clever” and “delightful” by the New York Times, “savvy” and “entertaining” by the Los Angeles Times. Moore’s second novel, The Last Days of Night, was published in August 2016 by Random House and described as “a fascinating portrait of American inventors” by Entertainment Weekly and “a model of superior historical fiction” as well as a “brilliant journey into the past” by the Washington Post. Moore lives in Los Angeles.

Rob Ashford
Award-winning stage director and choreographer
February 18, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Rob Ashford is an award-winning American stage director and choreographer. He is a Tony Award®, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner. He has worked extensively on Broadway productions, on television and the movies with a long list of the hottest celebrities. From New York to London to Hollywood, Ashford has established himself as one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers and stage directors. Find out what it’s like to work with entertainment’s creme de la creme. Ashford will share some of the greatest highs and lows of his career and the most memorable moments! Get a backstage pass and discover exactly what it takes to create an award-winning production.

ROB ASHFORD got his start on Broadway in 1987 in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. On his first time out as chief Choreographer, for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, Ashford won the Tony Award® for Best Choreography and a nomination from the Drama Desk for Outstanding Choreography. Since then, every Broadway show he has choreographed has had a Tony® nomination: The Wedding Singer (2006) which also won a nomination for the Drama Desk Award; Curtains (2007 ); Cry-Baby (2008); which also won the Drama Desk Award, the Fred Astaire Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award; and Promises, Promises (2010), which Ashford also directed.

Ashford has worked extensively in Europe, especially London’s West End: he won Olivier Award nominations for his work in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003), Guys and Dolls (2005), and Evita (2006).

On screen, Ashford staged the musical numbers for Beyond The Sea (2004), and on television has staged tributes to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbra Streisand for The Kennedy Center Honors. In 2009 he won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Choreography (Hugh Jackman and Beyonce Knowles, dancers) for the 81st Annual Academy Awards®.

Daisy Goodwin
Renowned English novelist and television producer
March 4, 2019 @4:30 pm

Queen Victoria is most often memorialized as a stern, black-clad matriarch, but the reality, as Daisy Goodwin, the novelist and creator of the PBS series Victoria, reveals could not be more different. From her close reading of Victoria’s diaries, all 62 million words of them, Goodwin will show how Victoria matured from a giddy teenager, to a working mother, into the grandmother of Europe. She will discuss how Victoria’s life was affected by the loss of Albert when she was only 42, and the nature of her relationship with her Highland servant John Brown. This talk will reveal the many sides of Victoria, the monarch, the mother, the matriarch and the minx.

DAISY GOODWIN is a writer and television producer. Goodwin attended Columbia Film School as a Harkness Fellow before joining the BBC as a trainee arts producer. After ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries, she left to join the independent sector and created a number of programs including Grand Designs, which is now in its 18th year on Channel 4. In 1998, she moved to Talkback Productions as head of factual programs, and in 2005, founded Silver River Productions which she sold to Sony in 2012. Alongside her TV work Goodwin has written a memoir, Silver River, and two novels, My Last Duchess UK, The American Heiress US and The Fortune Hunter, which were both New York Times bestsellers. She has published eight poetry anthologies and was chairman of the judging panel for the 2010 Orange Prize for women’s fiction. She has presented television shows including Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) (2003) and Reader, I Married Him (2006). In 2014, Goodwin decided to concentrate on writing full time and was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an eight part series for ITV and WGBH Masterpiece Theatre about the early life of Queen Victoria. She is the author of the 2016 novel, Victoria.

Aileen Ribeiro
International Fashion Historian
March 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

The Pre-Raphaelites, a secret society founded in 1848 (the year of the revolutions in Europe), were a group of youg artist whose startling paintings attacked prevailing artistic theories, and whose liberated lifestyles shocked convential society. While this may now seem a cliche of the artistic life, this was the first appearance of such beliefs and attitudes in England. Alieen Ribeiro’s illustrated lecture focuses on how these artist used clothing in their work, in which they rejected the elaborate styles of contemporary women’s dress as too materialist, often quite ugly, and lacking in spiritual values.

On August 1, any remaining seats will be opened for the general public.
Series: $285 ($265 Members); Individual:
$85 ($75 Members)