Winter Park Institute Announces Fall 2016 Season

A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor, National Geographic fellow and photographer Joel Sartore, and two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins join the speaking lineup at Rollins College this fall.

Winter Park Institute at Rollins College (WPI), a center for intellectual engagement that brings world-renowned speakers to Central Florida, recently announced its schedule for the fall 2016 season. Public radio legend Garrison Keillor, who is retiring this summer from his long-running show A Prairie Home Companion, will kick off the season.
Due to the popularity of the 8-year-old program, WPI is for the first time implementing a ticketing process for some of the larger events. Rollins faculty, staff, and students will continue to receive free admission.

“We want to consistently maintain the high quality of thought leaders we have been able to bring to Rollins through the Winter Park Institute since the program’s inception in 2008 while at the same time providing a more sustainable model for the future,“ says Executive Director Gail Sinclair.

Pricing information and reservations for the Keillor event can be found at the Rollins College Box Office online or by calling 407-646-2145.

Fall 2016 Lineup

Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

September 13, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center, Rollins College

The ever-popular creator, writer, and star of the long-running NPR series A Prairie Home Companion and host of The Writer’s Almanac will charm the audience with his eclectic one-man show An Evening With Garrison Keillor.

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Joel Sartore Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore, with Thane Maynard ’76

National Geographic Photo Ark

October 13, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College

National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore specializes in documenting vulnerable species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. Sartore is the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, a multi-year effort to create intimate portraits of every animal under human care, while also funding on-the-ground conservation projects focused on those species in most critical need of protection. During his visit, he will engage with Rollins alum and fellow wildlife conservator Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Billy Collins Billy Collins

Billy Collins

The Rain in Portugal: A Reading and Discussion

November 16, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College

Described as “one of the most respected and familiar poets” in America, our adopted hometown bard Billy Collins will read selections from The Rain in Portugal, his latest collection of poems touching on all the usual themes and ranging in tone from the whimsical to the elegiac.

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Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage at 166 East Lyman Avenue. For more information, visit, call 407-691-1995 or email

About the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College 
Launched in 2008, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College is a center for intellectual engagement through public lectures, readings, symposiums, seminars, master classes, interviews and special-interest sessions. The Institute features discussions between Rollins College, the surrounding community and thought leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning historians. For more information on upcoming speakers, visit or call 407-691-1995.