We all crave connection to each other,

and PURIST’s CONNECT 4 brings people and ideas together

with 2 days of inspirational speakers

this Wednesday and Thursday, August 14 & 15.

Touted as a mini “next TED”, CONNECT 4 programming brings fresh ideas to intellectual and curious audiences through its unique blend of live talks and music, all while exploring what matters most in our busy lives.
This year, CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo will speak truth to power; suicide survivor and mental health advocate Kevin Hines and mental heath expert Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber will converse on mental health; former Calvin Klein Creative Director-turned environmental activist Francisco Costa will take us on a climate exploration; author Amanda Little will explore The Fate of Food with her new best-seller; David Lynch Foundation head and Transcendental Meditation Master Bob Roth will be in conversation with film director David Lynch; nutritional guru Dr. Frank Lipman will be in conversation with Holistic Nutritionist Tapp Francke; wellness advocate Donna D’Cruz returns to lead the audience in meditation; acclaimed violinist Junko Ohtsu and legendary guitarist GE Smith will perform; and more!

Day 1: August 14

12:30pm 10min Guided Meditation with Donna D’Cruz
12:45–2pm Survivor and Storyteller Kevin Hines and Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber
2:30–3:30pm Transcendental Meditation talk with New York Times bestselling author and meditation expert Bob Roth and film director David Lynch via Skype from Los Angeles
3:30–3:45pm Acclaimed violinist Junko Ohtsu
3:45– 5pm The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter Worldauthor Amanda Little

Day 2: August 15

12:45pm 10min Guided Meditation with Donna D’Cruz
1–2:30pm Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon on speaking truth to power
2:30–2:45pm Guitarist GE Smith
3–4pm Conservation International’s Daniela Raik and Costa Brazil founder Francisco Costa on environmental conservation
4:15–5:30pm In conversation with Dr. Frank Lipman and Holistic Nutritionist Tapp Francke, moderated by Cristina Cuomo


All Theater Programming supported in part by Ellen Myers, Marders, the Daryl & Steven Roth Foundation, and funding from The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Hess Philanthropic Fund, The Melville Straus Family Endowment, The Schaffner Family Foundation, and Vital Projects Fund, with additional support from Brown Harris Stevens, Saunders & Associates, and public funds provided by Suffolk County.
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All Education Programming supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, with additional funding by an anonymous donor, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.





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