Random House's Big Ideas Night: Gloria Steinem, Ta-Nehisi Coates & Bryan Stevenson


Nov. 7 2015, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: $25 | $60

VENUE: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Avenue (Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park) New York, NY 10065


Join Random House on Saturday, November 7 for a powerful Big Ideas Night focused on activism, featuring three leaders in the ongoing global dialogues on justice and equality: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gloria Steinem, and Bryan Stevenson


7:30 PM – Doors Open

8:00 PM – Feature Presentation with Audience Q&A 

9:30 PM – Post-event reception with authors (open to Orchestra Ticket guests)

This evening event coincides with the release of Gloria Steinem’s first book in over twenty years, MY LIFE ON THE ROAD – a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change; showing that human beings are linked, not ranked. Joining Steinem are Ta-Nehisi Coates – the #1 New York Times bestselling author of BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME and heralded by Toni Morrison to be the James Baldwin of our era, and Bryan Stevenson – one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption, named a New York Times Notable Book of 2014.

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Random House will donate its net proceeds from this Big Ideas Night (after paying facility fees and event-related costs) to support the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Equal Justice Initiative. The “I Have a Dream” Foundation opens the doors of opportunity to thousands of students by providing a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring, enrichment, and tuition assistance to low-income students from early childhood through postsecondary. The Equal Justice Initiative is led by Bryan Stevenson, and provides legal representation to defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.


Orchestra Ticket ($60) includes:  

  • Orchestra seating for feature presentation
  • Signed copy of one featured title of your choice (additional books available for purchase on-site)
  • Access to post-event reception with authors
  • Dessert, wine and cocktails
  • Gift Bag
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Balcony Ticket ($25) includes: 

  • Balcony seating for feature presentation
  • Signed books available for purchase on-site
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Random House’s Big Ideas Night series is a forum for thought-provoking conversations between writers and editors on the topics of politics, world affairs, technology, fashion, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, and engage directly with the innovators behind it.



Location: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue (Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park), New York, NY 10065.


The 6 train stops directly under Hunter College at the 68th Street station. Alternatively, you can take the F train to the East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue stop. After exiting the station, walk north on Lexington Avenue to East 68th Street.


Where can I contact Random House with any questions? 

For questions or suggestions, please email For information regarding a press pass, please contact Kate Childs at Random House at 212-782-9278 or 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event to expedite the check-in process.


What is the refund policy? 

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Refunds will be granted until Monday, November 2 at 5:00 PM EST. After that time, no refunds will be offered to guests, but we can offer you a voucher to a future Big Ideas Night. To obtain a refund, please request a refund through Eventbrite or email Refund requests will be processed within 48 hours.


Is my ticket transferrable? 

Yes, your ticket is transferable. Email to transfer your ticket.



Seating is assigned. Doors open 30 minutes prior to event start time.


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What time do the doors open to begin seating?

Auditorium doors open at 7:30 PM.


Do speakers sign books at events?

Pre-signed books will be available for purchase on-site, but there will not be a formal book signing.


Is there accessible seating at this event?

Kaye Playhouse has accessible seating available. Please contact us at to better accommodate your needs.


Are assisted listening devices available at this events?

Yes, please contact us in advance at for more information.


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