Brené Brown joins Bono for an intimate conversation at Austin's Paramount Theatre
What do you get when you put one of Ireland's most famous rockers with one of the world's leading researchers on vulnerability? Austinites are about to find out. U2 frontman Bono and Texas' own Brené Brown are chatting live at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, November 10.
Presented by ACL Fest's Bonus Tracks, the live conversation is in support of Bono's new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story. Tickets for the evening will go on sale Friday, November 4, at 10 am, and each ticket will include a hardcover copy of the book.
The event itself will take place from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, and may become part of Brown's award-winning Unlocking Us podcast, though those details are still forthcoming. The podcast features Brown in conversation with guests across multiple research disciplines, creative pursuits, and positions of influence — Barack Obama, Dolly Parton, and Melinda Gates, to name a few — exploring topics that unlock the deepest universal experiences of being human.
Brown is also the author of six #1 New York Times bestselling books, each centered around her research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her research first reached the public eye after her 2010 TED Talk on the Power of Vulnerability, which is one of the most-viewed TED Talks in the world with over 50 million views.
While U2's lead singer hardly needs an introduction, some facts that may come up in conversation include his 22 Grammys and ongoing activism. Bono co-founded sister organizations ONE and (RED), which are both leading the fight against HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty around the world. He has received numerous awards for his music and activism, including the Freedom of the City of Dublin (with U2), an honorary British knighthood, the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, and TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (along with Bill and Melinda Gates).
Tickets for this event go on sale at 10 am on Friday, November 4, at austintheatre.org.