Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jason Segel

Saturday, January 31, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

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Well known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first installment of his middle-grade trilogy Nightmares! (co-written by Kirsten Miller), with the second in the series, Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic due for publication in September 2015. At its heart, Nightmares! is about kids overcoming their fears, inspired in part by Segel’s own childhood struggle with nightmares. “Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me,” he said.

Segel’s numerous movie roles include most recently starring in Jake Kasdan’s “Sex Tape.” Upcoming is James Ponsoldt’s dramatic biopic, “The End of the Tour,” in which he stars as writer David Foster Wallace. He wrote a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets, then cowrote “The Muppets” with Nicholas Stoller. His collaboration with Stoller to write and co-produce the film “Get Him to the Greek,” won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Comedy. Segel’s other film credits (many award-winning) include: “Knocked Up,” “This is 40,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Despicable Me,” and “Slackers.”

On television, Segel starred as "Marshall" on the CBS hit comedy series "How I Met Your Mother." During the show's nine season run, it was nominated for an Emmy(r) for Outstanding Comedy Series, a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Show: Comedy. He also starred in Judd Apatow's Emmy(r) nominated television series "Freaks and Geeks" for NBC as well as Apatow's "Undeclared" for FOX.

Sponsored by Random House Children’s Books

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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:21pm CST
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