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ALOUD Lecture Series


Having presented over 1,200 public programs over the decades, featuring a range of authors, scientists, thinkers and artists, the critically acclaimed ALOUD series engages Angelenos in critical civic and cultural discourse, inspiring lifelong learning and exploring.

Most programs take place in the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library and are free and open to the public, and usually include a discussion, audience Q&A and book signing.

Presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, ALOUD showcases a new line-up each season informed by intellectually engaging topics.

Upcoming Events at Central

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January 25, 2020 6:30 PM
Speaker TBA in conversation with Cindy PánucoChances are high that you joined the recent flurry of holiday shoppers. On the heels of the...

portrait of journalist Andrea Bernstein
January 30, 2020 7:30 PM
Andrea Bernstein, the award-winning journalist and host of the WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc., offers a sweeping new exposé into the...

portrait of Carl Zimmer
February 6, 2020 7:30 PM
Quantum mechanics is the most important idea in physics, and physicists themselves readily admit that they don’t understand it. Genetics is...

portrait of Diane Ravitch
February 9, 2020 3:30 PM
Education is an issue that hits home to every American. One of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the...

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February 15, 2020 6:30 PM
Lindsay Toczylowski and Miriam Jordan in conversation with Mark RosenbaumWhat makes a country a home? Three experts on immigration and...

portrait of author Gish Jen
February 19, 2020 7:30 PM
“I think this book could really save the world,” said Ann Patchett of Gish Jen’s new dystopian novel The Resisters. This extraordinary...

A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles