Los Angeles Hope Festival

This event took place on:
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21
Location
Los Angeles Hope Festival

Tali Sharot

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Tali Sharot

Dr. Cornel West

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Dr. Cornel West

T.C. Boyle

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American author T.C. Boyle

David Eagleman

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David Eagleman

Yiyun Li

MacArthur Foundation

Yiyun Li

The Prison Project

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Students participating in a program with The Prison Project


The Los Angeles Hope Festival is a three-day event sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, and Cornell exploring the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states with talks, readings, theater, and live music.

Events include keynote speaker Doctor Cornel West, author T.C. Boyle, David Eagleman, Tali Sharot, Yiyun Li, and Sabra Williams. Plus, Georgette Kelly’s play “I Carry Your Heart.”  

This Friday, May 19th through Sunday, May 21st at the Bootleg Theater. 

Event Info
May 19 -21, 2017

Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

About the sponsor:
The Hope and Optimism Project is a $5 million, four-year initiative at Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states.

Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell and University of Penn) and Sam Newlands (Notre Dame), the project also created the “Hope on Stage” playwriting prize that in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performs April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 - June 10). Georgette Kelly’s "I Carry Your Heart" was chosen as the winner from almost 800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, “Hope on Stage” awarded three runner-up prizes.



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