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Arts & Pop Culture

What’s new, right now, changes every minute. We keep track of the movers and shakers of the here-and-now and wrangle together the arts and pop culture speakers with the most persuasive, interesting things to say.

 

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Chuck Klosterman

Author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

One of the most exciting cultural critics of our generation, Chuck Klosterman captures what it feels like to navigate our pop-obsessed, media-saturated culture right now. He shows us why “pop” is a co...

Patti Smith

Punk Rock Legend and Author of Just Kids, winner of The National Book Award

Named one of the most influential people in the world in TIME Magazine’s TIME 100, Patti Smith is a poet, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine artist. A seminal American artist, Smith has produc...

Candy Chang

Urban Space Artist Behind the "Before I Die" Walls

World-renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die...

Sir Salman Rushdie

One of the Most Celebrated Writers of Our Time

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Q...

Spike Lee

Director of Do the Right Thing and When the Levees Broke

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, ab...

Anderson Cooper

Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, a provocative alternative on CNN/U.S. each weekday to the typical network evening newscast, going beyond the headlines to tell stories in-depth and from mu...

Angie Thomas

Author of the Black Lives Matter-Inspired YA Novel The Hate U Give, an Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Angie Thomas is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give: widely known as the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel. Called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel tha...

Colm Feore

One of Canada’s Best Actors

One of Canada’s best actors, Colm Feore is known for his iconic roles in theatre, television, and film. Ranging from Shakespearian leads to unforgettable portrayals of Canadian legends to roles in maj...

Rick Mercer

Host of The Rick Mercer Report

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a politic...

Mira Nair

Director of Queen of Katwe, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Raised in India, schooled at Harvard, and living in New York City, Mira Nair uses her natural grasp of identity conflict to make films that explore race, gender, inter-generational strife, cultural ap...

Kal Penn

Actor and Former Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement

Called “the world’s most famous Indian actor” by New York Magazine, Kal Penn is a rising Hollywood star. But what sets him apart is his off-screen eloquence, his passion for the intersection of pop cu...

Aaron M. Glazer & Zoe Fraade-Blanar

Authors of Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

Welcome to the “fandom-based economy”—where today’s most passionate fans drive, engage with, and create communities around top brands. In other words, they’re the people who’ll make or break your comp...

Lynda Obst

One of Hollywood’s Most Successful Film and Television Producers

Lynda Obst is a Hollywood super-producer behind hits like Interstellar, Sleepless in Seattle, and Contact, and now the new critically acclaimed series Good Girls Revolt. She offers insights on the dra...

Maulik Pancholy

Co-Star of Sanjay and Craig, 30 Rock, Weeds | Anti-Bullying Advocate

MAULIK PANCHOLY is changing the character, face, and political voice of Hollywood. Besides indelible (and SAG Award-nominated) turns on shows like 30 Rock and Weeds, Pancholy speaks out against injust...

Vijay (Robert) Gupta

Founder of Street Symphony, TED Senior Fellow, and Mental Health Advocate

Vijay Gupta is a violinist whose interest in neurobiology and mental health issues has made him a world renowned advocate for the redemptive and regenerative power of music. A TED Senior Fellow, Gupta...

Margaret Atwood

Booker Prize-Winning Author of over Fifty Books, Including The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan, but “current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation,” says The New Yorker. With her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on the bestse...

Titus Kaphar

Award-Winning Painter and Sculptor

With more urgency than a headline, Titus Kaphar’s artworks capture the spirit of social justice and change in America today (exemplified in his TIME cover portrait of the Ferguson protests). Working f...

Gabby Rivera

Author of the New Marvel Comic Series America and Juliet Takes a Breath

Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath, ...

David Eagleman

One of the World’s Foremost Neuroscientists | Host of PBS’s The Brain | Scientific Advisor for HBO’s Westworld this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

How can we harness the brain for maximum creativity—at work, and school? In The Runaway Species, David Eagleman—“the hottest thing in neuroscience” (The Times)—reveals how any organization can adopt a...

Edward Burtynsky

World-Renowned Photographer, Winner of the TED Prize

A world-renowned photographer, Edward Burtynsky creates stunning photos—“reflecting pools of our time”—that explore large-scale social, political, and economic issues, including water, oil, and the up...

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! is the international singing phenomenon that exemplifies the best of creativity, collaboration, and community-building. In their speeches, founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman...

Riaz Meghji

Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver

As Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, Riaz Meghji wakes up the city every morning with humour and style. On the show and in his life, he has learned that a candid conversation can carry a profoun...

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Photographer speaking on family, communities, and environmental racism

For LaToya Ruby Frazier, art is a weapon—a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and...

Kip Thorne

Nobel-Prize Winning Scientist and Co-Founder of LIGO, which discovered gravitational waves

Kip Thorne is among the most influential scientists of our era. A founder at LIGO, he and his team made history for proving the existence of gravitational waves—a discovery that won him the 2017 Nobel...

Steven Page

Singer, Songwriter, and Canadian Icon

An articulate and mesmerizing speaker, Steven Page is utterly at home on the stage. Page—singer, songwriter, host of The Illegal Eater, and Canadian icon—has made an indelible mark on our country’s mu...

Jeff Chang

Social Historian, Author of We Gon’ Be Alright and Can't Stop Won't Stop

“Culture moves before politics,” says Jeff Chang, who writes on art, multiculturalism, and racial progress in post-civil rights America with the sweeping authority of the best social historians. In hi...

Joel Cohen

Writer and Co-Executive Producer on The Simpsons

How did Joel Cohen—a former “suit” in the corporate world—end up writing for The Simpsons? And what can he teach us about innovation, creativity, teamwork, and the value of a diverse workforce? A hila...

The Debaters Live

Super Smart & Wicked Funny

The Debaters Live brings all the hilarity of the hit CBC series to your organization. Veteran comedian Steve Patterson and two guest comics at the top of their game deliver a rapid-fire exchange of fa...

Shalini Kantayya

Filmmaker, Eco-Activist, TED Fellow

Clean tech has to start locally. And it has to happen here. Filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya shows us that sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also means...

Sloane Crosley

Bestselling Author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and The Clasp

Sloane Crosley is a witty, urbane, and madcap voice in American letters. A glittering amalgam of Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris, Crosley writes in a sharp and elegant style that is entirely her own....

Rich Benjamin

Author of Searching for Whitopia

Even under the Trump presidency, America is more diverse than ever. And yet our neighborhoods don’t reflect this fact, divided as they are. To investigate the discrepancy, Rich Benjamin embarked on a ...

Lev Grossman

#1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Magicians Trilogy and Former Time Book Critic

Lev Grossman is “one of this country’s smartest and most reliable critics,” says The New York Times, but—and this is rare—he’s also a popular novelist. His #1 bestselling Magicians trilogy has transfo...

Kate Bolick

Author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

Kate Bolick’s blockbuster Atlantic cover story, “All the Single Ladies,” drew over a million readers and inspired a heated debate on modern notions of romance, family, career, and success. Now, she pr...

Alan Lightman

Theoretical Physicist and Novelist

Both a theoretical physicist and a novelist, Alan Lightman bridges the gap between the worlds of art, the humanities, and science, and is an internationally recognized thinker on the meaning of scienc...

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed

The digital economy could provide prosperity for all. But it hasn’t delivered—it’s only disrupted. Enter Douglas Rushkoff: world-renowned cultural philosopher who, in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus,...

Bassam Tariq

TED Fellow and Director of These Birds Walk

Bassam Tariq is a TED Fellow and director of the acclaimed film These Birds Walk. Through his work—as a filmmaker, blogger, and halal butcher shop owner—he shares intimate stories of Muslims from arou...

Isabel Allende

Author of The House of the Spirits and The Sum of Our Days

A literary legend, a social activist, and a feminist icon, Isabel Allende—now in the fourth decade of a career like no other—has sold over 50 million books in over 30 languages. The massive audiences ...

Teju Cole

Award-Winning Author of Open City, Photography Critic for NYT Magazine

Teju Cole was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two works of fiction: Every Day Is for the Thief, which was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times; and Open Cit...

Molly Crabapple

Painter, Writer, and Author of Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer whose work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone. Crabapple’s art engages injustice, subversiveness, and rebellion. The New York Ti...

Jessi Cruickshank

eTalk Daily L.A. Host, Producer, and Global Ambassador

Whip-smart with a sense of humor to match, Jessi Cruickshank is undeniably at the top of her game. A highly sought-after host and emcee, Cruickshank became a household name on MTV Canada’s hit series,...

Rob Cohen

Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Producer (The Simpsons, Being Canadian)

What makes Canada so great, yet so misunderstood? In the film Being Canadian, writer and producer Rob Cohen set out on a road-trip to discover just that. The result? That Canada is so much more than h...

Gavin Crawford

This Hour Has 22 Minutes Comedian and Actor

Gavin Crawford is one of Canada’s brightest comedic and dramatic performers—best known for star turns on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on CBC, and his eponymous The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Netwo...

Naomi Natale

TED Senior Fellow and Artistic Director of The Art of Revolution

Artist and photographer Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones—a large-scale social arts practice that fuses education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of genocide—and t...

Christine Sun Kim

TED Senior Fellow, Sound Artist, and Composer

Christine Sun Kim uses technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. Born deaf, Kim felt that she had no “ownership” of sound. In her multimedia presentat...

Christine Marie

Artist, Director, and TED Fellow

Christine Marie is an artist and TED Fellow who creates uncanny, delightful experiences with cinematic 3D shadow theater. A pioneer in her field, Marie invents lights and techniques that have never be...

Sheila Heti

Author of How Should a Person Be?

Sheila Heti is an acclaimed author of five books. Her latest work, How Should a Person Be?—a “novel from life” about friendship, art, and much else—has struck a chord with a young generation of women ...

Emily Spivack

Author of Worn Stories and Worn in New York

In her NYT bestseller Worn Stories, Emily Spivack collects over 60 clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers that investigate the deep, surprising connections we hav...

James Patterson

One of the Best-selling Authors in the World Today

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can't Miss,” and he is ...

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

New Media Artist | TED Senior Fellow

How is technology reshaping our relationship to time, memory—even death? Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s interactive artworks ask bold questions about what it means to live, and die, in today’s frenetic worl...