An active and engaging lecturer, Adam loves speaking to a wide range of audiences at venues around the world. For more information, contact Paige Russell ( at The Leigh Bureau.

Galileo – Shakespeare Project – The Montesquieu Forum at Roosevelt University

November 13, 2014: Adam gives the opening lecture of the Galileo-Shakespeare Project, talking about The Humanities as the Foundation of the Sciences. Watch the full lecture here.

"On The Brink: 1914 A Century Later" – Minneapolis Institute of Arts

October 9, 2014: In 1914, Europe was on the brink of committing suicide. In this lecture, Adam examines the ways in which the modernist movement–at its apogee of innovation in literature, visual arts, and music–was reshaped and destroyed by the Great War. Watch the full lecture here. 

"Camus and Algeria" – Boston College

November 25, 2013: Adam delivers the keynote address on Albert Camus and Algeria at The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Watch the full lecture here.

"The Real Work" – Stanford University

November 8, 2013: As an ESF Guest Lecturer, Adam talks to students about his own adventures in the farther shores of mid-life mastery--learning card magic, life drawing, dog-raising, bread-baking--about what accomplishments are, how they differ from achievements, and why we need them. Watch the full lecture here.

"The Morning Star is the Evening Star" – TVO Big Ideas

July 13, 2012: Adam discusses W. H. Auden, William Emerson and Lewis Carol, illuminating the relationship between Christian writers and liberal readers. Watch the full lecture here.

"Museums, Children, and Meaning" – The Portland Art Museum

March 20, 2012: Adam offers a discussion about parenting, art, and the role of museums. Watch the full lecture here.

The Smithsonian Institute

October 10, 2012: A participant in the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series, Adam talks about what makes American art "American." Watch the full lecture here.

New York Academy of Art

October 3, 2011: Adam talks to an audience about doing things and doubting things and his own experience trying to master the art of life drawing. Watch the full lecture here.

"The Rituals of Taste" – Key West Literary Seminar

June 10, 2011: Adam explores the role of food in literature. A tour-de-force disquisition, Gopnik’s talk centers on two ideas of taste: one, the way a thing tastes in the mouth; and two, “taste” as an indicator of cultural sensibility. Listen to the full lecture here.

City Arts and Lectures

January 26, 2009: Adam presents his book Angels and Ages and sits down with Brian Gruber to trace the influence of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin  in modern times. Watch the full conversation here.