Los Angeles Hope Festival

On May 19-21, 2017 we will hold our three-day Hope Festival at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to engaging talks and panel discussions, the festival will feature the west coast premiere of our Hope on Stage winning play "I Carry Your Heart" by Georgette Kelly.

Talks and panels are free, but seating is limited. RSVP links below.



3 - 4:30 | PANEL – THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HOPE (Empirical Research Presentations): Michael Scheier, Eshkol Rafaeli, Lori Markson (Moderator: Samuel Newlands) (RSVP)

4:45 - 6 | KEYNOTE - Tali Sharot, neuroscientist and author of The Optimism Bias (RSVP)

6:30 | Box office and bar area open

7 - 9 | PERFORMANCE - “I Carry Your Heart” by Georgette Kelly (BUY TICKETS)

9:30 | LIVE MUSIC BY THE BAR with Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit (BUY TICKETS)



11 - 12:15 | TALK - Yiyun Li (University of California, Davis): “The Small Why and the Big Why: Under the Supervision of Memory” (RSVP)

12:15 - 1:45 | LUNCH - Food Trucks

1:45 - 3:15 | PANEL – THE PHILOSOPHY OF HOPE (Conceptual Research Presentations): Luc Bovens, Nicole Hassoun, Andre C. Willis (Moderator: Andrew Chignell) (RSVP)

3:30 - 4:45 | TALK - Sabra Williams (Actress and Creator of The Prison Project): “Hope In Darkness - The Actors’ Gang Prison Project” (RSVP)

5 - 6:15 | KEYNOTE - Dr. Cornel West (Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University): “Justice Matters - What Love Looks Like in Public” (RSVP)

6:30 | Box office and bar area open

7 - 9 | PERFORMANCE - “I Carry Your Heart” followed by talkback with playwright, director, actors (BUY TICKETS)

9:30 | LIVE MUSIC BY THE BAR with Tyler Cole & Willow (BUY TICKETS)



10 - 12:00 | READING – “How To Conquer The World: A Brief History Of Yogurt,” followed by talkback with playwright David Myers (RSVP)

12:30 - 1:30 | LUNCH - Food Trucks

1:30 - 3 | READING – “The Body,” followed by talkback with playwright Steve Moulds (RSVP)

3 - 3:30 | SCREENING – Winning shorts from Hope on Screen video competition, conversation with grand prize winner Keaton Davis (RSVP)

3:45 - 5 | TALK - David Eagleman (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine):  neuroscientist and host of The Brain on PBS (RSVP)

5:15 - 6:30 | READING - T. C. Boyle (Distinguished Professor of English, University of Southern California): “Are We Not Men?” followed by Q&A with the author (RSVP)

6:30 | Box office and bar area open

7 - 9 | PERFORMANCE - “I Carry Your Heart” by Georgette Kelly (BUY TICKETS)

9:30 | LIVE MUSIC BY THE BAR with Orkestar Meze and Daniel Rotem (BUY TICKETS)

Go to bigthink.com/hopefestival for more information. 

More on the Hope Festival at Broadway World.