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Michael Bennett with Art Thiel (6/18)
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:30PM
Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle)

Both events have sold out. There will be a standby line at the door for both. The event on 6/19 will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Standby Information:

At popular sold out events, Town Hall hosts a standby line starting one hour prior to the event start time. Just before the event begins, tickets will be released to the line on a first-come-first-served basis depending on any seats that remain unclaimed.

Please note the following:

  • Standby is first-come-first-served. No saving spots in line. Limit one ticket per person.
  • Accessibility accommodations can be arranged. Please contact production@townhallseattle.org for more info.
  • The line will be setup one hour prior to the event start time. Tickets will begin being released just before the event starts.
  • Standby tickets are not guaranteed and are based solely on venue capacity.

Signing Line: Due to time constraints, Michael Bennett will only be able to sign books. He will not be able to do any personalizations. He will not be able to pose for photos, but photos from the line are acceptable.


Michael Bennett was scheduled to speak at Town Hall on April 9, 2018, but his event was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Now Bennett is returning to help us finish out our 2017-18 Inside/Out season. Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end—as well as a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change-maker. He’s also been called one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, a trait that shines as he joins us to share excerpts from his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable. He offers a deep examination of turbulent times in America and their effect on the relationships of black athletes with powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL. Bennett turns a critical eye on problems of racism and police violence unfolding in the public eye, and explores avenues for community action. He advocates for the critical role of protest in history and highlights the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Join Bennett for an evening equal parts memoir and manifesto, humorous and urgent—athlete and activist.

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end—as well as a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change-maker. He’s also been called one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, a trait that shines as he joins us to share excerpts from his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable. He joins in conversation with sports writer and commentator Art Thiel for a deep examination of turbulent times in America and their effect on the relationships of black athletes with powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL. Together they turn a critical eye on problems of racism and police violence unfolding in the public eye, and explores avenues for community action. Bennett advocates for the critical role of protest in history and highlights the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Sit in with Bennett and Thiel for an evening equal parts memoir and manifesto, humorous and urgent—athlete and activist.

Art Thiel has been illuminating, agitating, and amusing Puget Sound sports readers for a long time. He has served as a sports commentator for nearly 30 years in the area, writing for the Bellevue Journal-American, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Tacoma News Tribune, and others. His radio commentaries can be heard Friday and Saturday mornings and Friday afternoon on KPLU-FM 88.9. He is the co-founder of Sports Press Northwest, and author of the regional-bestselling book Out of Left Field, as co-author of The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists, Russell Wilson: Standing Tall, and Resurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.

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