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Common Read: 2023-2024 The Book of Hope: Events

D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Lecture

Douglas AbramsTwo Truths and Three Lies About Hope and Humanity

Doug Abrams

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theater


This lecture is part of the Viterbo University Common Read and is open to the public and all are welcome. No ticket is necessary.


New York Times-bestselling author Doug Abrams will explore the importance of hope in our understanding of what it means to be human and what we need to do to help build a more hopeful world. The Book of Hope and the talk will touch on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our lives? What is the relationship between hope and action?





Doug Abrams

Doug Abrams is a multiple New York Times-bestselling author, as well as an editor, literary agent, and film producer. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries create a wiser, healthier, and more just world.

He co-wrote The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu which inspired the film MISSION: JOY. Doug served as the interviewer in the film as well as an Executive Producer. As an editor and literary agent, he has also worked with other Nobel Laureates including Nelson Mandela, Jody Williams, and Elizabeth Blackburn and worked with many visionary scientists including Stephen Hawking. 
Books and films he has developed have been credited with convincing then-President Bill Clinton to stop the genocide in Kosovo (THE BRIDGE BETRAYED), for launching the modern anti-slavery movement (DISPOSABLE PEOPLE), for helping to expand a mass incarceration reform movement (JUST MERCY, a book and film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx), and for helping to address our environmental crisis (THE FUTURE WE CHOOSE, TWO WORLDS).
Dialogue is key to Doug’s work, and he believes that genius is a collaborative process. He has had the privilege of interviewing extraordinary global heroes including Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Bono, Carlos Santana, Richard Branson, and many others.