27th Season of The Witte Lectures

The NBPLF is pleased to announce the 27th season of The Witte Lectures, January – April 2024

The 27th season of the highly acclaimed Witte Lecture series launches in January 2023. Sifting through the massive flow of information and discerning what deserves thoughtful attention is time consuming and difficult. Our roster of nationally known speakers will once again provide a spark for igniting community conversation on the timeliest topics. Be part of the Witte community for live, dynamic, and compelling conversations in our award-winning library. Knowledge is power!


Currents of Modern History: A Personal and Global Perspective
Friday, January 26, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 2:00pm

Fiona Hill is a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institute. Hill was appointed chancellor of Durham University, U.K., and is currently a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. She served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the U.S. National Security Council from 2017 to 2019, and as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council from 2006 to 2009. She is the author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century and co-author with Clifford Gaddy of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.

SOLD OUT – Email programs@nbplf.foundation to be on the waitlist


The Amazing Nature of Animal Senses
Friday, February 9, 7:00pm
Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm

In this engaging lecture based on his book, An Immense World, Ed Yong takes audiences through the hidden realms of animal senses. With wit and humor, learn the amazing ways in which animals perceive aspects of the world to which we are oblivious.

Yong is a New York Times bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and An Immense World. An Immense World takes a comprehensive look at the fascinating sensory worlds of animals. His second book is longlisted for the PEN America 2023 Literary Award and has made many Best Books of the Year lists. In addition to The Atlantic, his work has appeared in National Geographic and Wired, among others.

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Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It
Friday, March 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, March 9, 2:00pm

Of Boys and Men is a groundbreaking analysis of how the social and economic world of men has been turned upside down, leaving them adrift and underpowered. Previous attempts to treat this condition, from all political angles, have made the same fatal mistake – of viewing the problems of men as a problem with men. This lecture will focus on how the basic social structures defining masculine maturity and success have been shattered, and how they can — and must — be reinvented.

Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and the Director of the Future of the Middle-Class Initiative. His research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. Prior to joining Brookings, he was director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.

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The 2022-23 Term at The Supreme Court: What Has Happened and What Is to Come
Friday, April 12, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2:00pm

MSNBC analyst and a senior legal correspondent at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick is one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators. She is the host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court, and author of the instant New York Times bestseller Lady Justice. Lithwick is the recipient of a 2013 National Magazine Award and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Lithwick has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem.

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine – Irvine School of Law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

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Held in Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Limited Seating

The upcoming construction of Witte Hall will temporarily disrupt parking in the main lot of the Central Library with limited spaces available. There are additional parking located in the Civic Center parking structure.

Additional Parking

Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm || Doors open at 6:30pm
Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Light Supper with Wine
Witte Member Season Pass $225*

Individual Ticket: General $65 || NBPLF Member $60

Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm || Doors open at 1:30pm
Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Refreshments
Witte Member Season Pass $145*

Individual Ticket: General $45 || NBPLF Member $40

(Discount on Individual ticket for members that are Book Collector $250 level and above)


Individual Ticket on sale October 1, 2023 || Box office closes at 2pm on the day of the event
Opportunity to buy a signed copy of the speakers’ publications at the event


Contact programs@nbplf.foundation or 949-717-3892.


2023 Sponsors

The Foundation would like to express our deepest gratitude to the funding Sponsors and Partners for the steadfast support and generosity of the Witte Lectures 2023 season.

The Witte Family

John Rallis and Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis
Manouch and Sophie Moshayedi
Barbara Roberts

Karen and Bruce Clark
Don and Pam Gilmour
Morning Bliss Granola
Drs. James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati
Barbara and Greg MacGillivray
Dave and Diane Steffy
Samuel and Tammy Tang
Jill Johnson-Tucker and Larry Tucker

Tom and Elizabeth Edwards
Chris and Malin Fletcher
Whitney Gomez
Kelly and Randy Heyler
Marilyn and Francis Krahe
Janet and Walkie Ray
Latika Sethi
Ellen Shockro
Tom and Marilyn Sutton
Steve and Cyd Swerdlow
Sharon and Greg Wohl
Miles Yourman

Kelly and Bill Campbell
David and Trudi Gartley
Tricia Nichols
Russell Hafer Family Trust

All About You Event Planning
City of Newport Beach
Ed Olen Photography
Firebrand Media LLC
Hi-Time Cellars
Lido Village Books
Newport Beach Public Library
Sterling OC

2023 Witte Committee
Karen H. Clark
Lisa Edwards
Whitney Gomez
John Gunnin
Janet S. Hadley, Chair
Diane Hafer
Signe Keller
Marilyn Krahe
Dorothy Larson – Trustee Liaison
Rachel Hass Reinus
Latika Sethi
Ellen Shockro
Jene Witte
Lizanne Witte
Miles Yourman