Enrichment Series offers headliners from print, web, music & film

Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning multi-talented performer Common, best-selling author and photojournalist Brandon Stanton and internet comedy sensation Matt Bellassai will be guests during the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season.

2017 Hanover Enrichment Series schedule

One of Time magazine’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World,” Stanton is a renowned author, photographer and blogger. His storytelling blog, “Humans of New York,” has more than 18 million likes on Facebook and seven million followers on Instagram.

Stanton’s online effort translated to a best-selling book, “Humans of New York,” in 2013. Just two years later, he also reached the top of the New York Times best-sellers’ list with “Humans of New York Stories,” which delved deeper into the lives of Big Apple residents.

Stanton will appear Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Common is a hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. In 2015, he won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for best original song with "Glory" from the 2014 film “Selma.” He also co-starred in the film as civil-rights leader James Bevel.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Common earned his first Grammy in 2003 with “Love of My Life,” a rhythm and blues duet with Erykah Badu. He also received the Grammy in 2007 for best rap performance by a duo or group with "Southside," featuring Kanye West.

In addition to his acting role in “Glory,” Common has also appeared in such films as "Girls Trip," "John Wick: Chapter 2," “Suicide Squad," "Now You See Me," “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night,” “Happy Feet Two” and “New Year's Eve." He also narrated “Bouncing Cats,” an award-winning documentary about the use of dance to empower youth Uganda.

Common will speak Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in Collier Arena. The presentation is part of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Bellassai is a social-media star whose online video series “Whine About It” created a substantial following with more than 3.5 million weekly views.

A 2012 Northwestern University graduate, Bellassai worked as a comedy writer at Buzzfeed for more than three years before leaving to launch the online web series “To Be Honest” and pursue a stand-up comedy career. In 2016, he earned the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star.

In addition to his video series and national stand-up tour, Bellassai also produces the podcast, “Unhappy Hour.”

Bellassai will appear Friday, March 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

General admission tickets, which go on sale Friday, Sept. 1, will available at hanover.edu/arts. Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free.

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from German American Bank.

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