Big Ideas Night

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November 7, 2015 in New York, NY

Join Random House for a powerful Big Ideas Night focused on activism, featuring leaders in the ongoing global dialogues on justice and equality: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gloria Steinem, and Bryan Stevenson, with moderator Jacqueline Woodson.

In MY LIFE ON THE ROAD—Gloria Steinem’s first book in over twenty years—the writer, activist, and organizer reflects on how the most transformative ideas sometimes come from unexpected people and encounters.  Dubbed “required reading” by Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME offers a framework for understanding America’s racial history and current crisis, as well as a vision for the way forward. JUST MERCY, written by “America’s Mandela” (New York Times) Bryan Stevenson, takes readers on an unforgettable journey into America’s broken criminal justice system. Each a landmark voice in today’s social and ethical culture, these authors will unite in one room as they discuss the on-going pursuit of compassion, truth, and justice in our social culture.


Random House will donate its net proceeds** from this Big Ideas Night to support the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – New York and the Equal Justice Initiative. The mission of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – New York is to motivate and empower children living in low-income communities to reach their educational and career potential by providing a long-term program of academic support, mentoring, enrichment and tuition assistance for higher education. The Equal Justice Initiative is led by Bryan Stevenson and provides legal representation to defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

Event Details

What was Included


Orchestra Ticket ($60) includes:

  • Orchestra seating for feature presentation
  • Signed copy of one featured title of your choice (additional books available for purchase on-site)
  • Access to post-event reception with authors
  • Dessert, wine and cocktails
  • Gift Bag


Balcony Ticket ($25) includes:

  • Balcony seating for feature presentation
  • Signed books available for purchase on-site


Date & Time

November 7, 2015
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM


New York, NY

The Kaye Playhouse
at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
(Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park)
New York, NY 10065


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Big Ideas Night Programming

7:30 PM – Doors Open
8:00 PM – Feature conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gloria Steinem, and Bryan Stevenson
9:30 PM – Post-event reception with authors, including dessert, wine and cocktails (open to Orchestra Ticket guests)

About Random House's Big Ideas Night Series

Random House’s Big Ideas Night series is a forum for thought-provoking conversations between writers and editors on the topics of politics, world affairs, technology, fashion, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, and engage directly with the innovators behind it.

**Random House will donate its net proceeds from this Big Ideas Night (after paying facility fees and event-related costs) to the “I Have a Dream” Foundation - New York and the Equal Justice Initiative.


Featured Authors

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Between The World and Me. Coates has received The National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations.”

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1968, she had helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, and her forthcoming book, My Life On The Road. Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine Awards, an Emmy citation for excellence in television writing, the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and many other awards. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

Bryan Stevenson is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy; executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama; and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books books include VISITING DAY, THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, the Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; the Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE’S BOYS which received the LA Times Book Prize, the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.