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"New York Times" best-selling author Sam Harris explores hot topics during a live recording of "The Waking Up Podcast" on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, January 14, 2018

Posted on November 27, 2017

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JANUARY 14, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, November 27, 2017) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, welcomes neuroscientist, philosopher, and five-time New York Times best-selling author Sam Harris to the Merriam Theater on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Harris will discuss topical and thought-provoking subjects during a live recording of his 2017 Webby Award-winning podcast Waking Up


“Sam Harris is not afraid to tackle tough conversations that deal with current events taking place in the world,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Not only is the Kimmel Center a great place to enjoy theater, jazz, and comedy, but it is also a place where audiences can partake of important, and sometimes difficult, discussions that explore different views of today’s society.”


Sam Harris is the author of five New York Timesbestsellers. His books include The End of Faith; Letter to a Christian Nation; The Moral Landscape; Free Will; Lying; Waking Up; and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.


Harris's work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and The Annals of Neurology. Harris also regularly hosts a popular podcast entitled Waking Up. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: An Evening with Brian Reed: Creating S-Town (December 17, 2017, Merriam Theater), Les Misérables(January 9 – 21, 2018, Academy of Music), Deepak Chopra (March 15, 2017, Merriam Theater), Brit Floyd Eclipse World Tour 2018 (April 6, 2018, Academy of Music), and An Evening with Jay Leno (May 19, 2018, Verizon Hall).


Merriam Theater
January 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m.



Tickets are on sale now and start at $35.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See for more information.


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


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