Everything Happens LIVE with Liz Gilbert - Kate Bowler

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When life is hard, we work harder. Right? Let’s hit the pause button and talk about how creativity can give us back some of what we’ve lost. The Everything Happens Podcast is coming to you with a live event!

Join host Kate Bowler for a conversation about hope and creativity with the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, on Sunday, October 9th at 6PM Eastern (in-person or via livestream).

Registrations Available for Purchase:

  • In-Person at Page Auditorium on The Duke University Campus (Durham, NC) with Complimentary Parking — $30.00 
  • Virtual Livestream (anywhere in the world) — $15.00 

About Kate

Kate Bowler, PhD is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, award-winning podcast host, and an Associate Professor of American Religious History at Duke University. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel and The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she penned the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved), No Cure For Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear) and her latest written with her co-producer, Jessica Richie, Good Enough: 40ish devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Kate hosts the Everything Happens podcast where, in warm, insightful, often funny conversations, she talks with people like Malcolm Gladwell and Anne Lamott about what they’ve learned in difficult times. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family and continues to teach do-gooders at Duke Divinity School. 


About Liz

Elizabeth Gilbert is a New York Times bestselling author who expands our understanding of creativity. Her memoir, Eat Pray Love, the #1 New York Times bestseller, famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Following Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert wrote Committed: A Love Story, a meditation on marriage as a socio-historical institution. Gilbert’s bestselling nonfiction treatise, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, unpacks her own generative process and shares her wise, witty insights into the mysteries of curiosity and inspiration. Her latest bestseller is the novel City of Girls. Starting as a magazine journalist, she wrote articles published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ. Gilbert was a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and her work was anthologized in Best American Writing 2001. Gilbert is also the founder and host of The Onward Book Club, which serves to spotlight, promote, celebrate, and uplift the work of Black female authors. She divides her time between New York City and New Jersey.

About The Everything Happens Podcast


Life isn’t always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they’ve learned in dark times.

This Live Podcast Event is in partnership with Duke Divinity School’s 2022 Convocation and Pastors’ School.

Sunday evening’s event with Kate Bowler and Liz Gilbert is open to the public, as well as registrants of the Pastors’ School Conference. The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive multi-day conference that offers lectures, worship, alumni gatherings, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. Led by scholars and practitioners from Duke University and beyond, this event is a cooperative endeavor with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, The Duke Endowment, and Duke Divinity School. **Note: The Sunday Night event is open to the public. Register to attend the Sunday Night Podcast Event, here. Or register for the full multi-day Pastors’ School conference, if it interests you. See our FAQ below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is free reserved parking at the Science Drive parking garage on Duke’s campus. The address to the garage is 302 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708. From there, you can make the 16 minute walk to Page Auditorium or take a complimentary shuttle. The shuttle will pick up at the bus stop on Science Dr. directly across from the Science Drive deck. 

Welcome to our beautiful campus! Page Auditorium is on West Campus, next to Duke Chapel. For more information about Page Auditorium, click here.

We will have shuttles running between the Science Drive Parking Garage and the Bryan Center (right near the Page Auditorium!). The Bryan Center Parking Lot will be made available for those with special accessibility needs. 

The Bryan Center Parking Deck is also available on a first come, first serve basis for those who want to pay for parking on their own, though space is limited.

The Everything Happens LIVE Podcast Event with Kate Bowler and Liz Gilbert is an open-to-the-public event, and also serves to kick off the Convocation & Pastors’ School Conference. The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive multi-day conference that offers lectures, worship, alumni gatherings, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. Click here to register for the full multi-day event.

Nope! If you are already registered for Duke Divinity’s Convocation & Pastors’ School, you do not need a separate registration to attend Sunday evening’s event.

Books will be available for purchase onsight through the Duke Divinity Bookstore. However, due to time constraints, Kate and Liz won’t be available to sign or for meet and greet opportunities.  

If you registered for the livestream link option, a link will be sent to you via email the week leading up to the event.

The livestream option will only be available to stream during the 6-7:30 PM eastern timeframe. If you miss out, don’t worry! We will be releasing the conversation as an episode of the Everything Happens podcast later this fall. 

Ah, we’re sad to hear you won’t be joining us. Email hello@katebowler.com and we’ll help figure out what your next step should be.

Duke University’s guidelines and requirements are continually being updated based on the public health and CDC guidelines. Please revisit this page before the event in case of any mandated changes. 

To protect the health and safety of our campus and local communities, all visitors to Duke are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus. Visitors should also comply with Duke’s health and safety standards and guidelines. 

Masking in most University owned facilities is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, Duke requires that you wear a mask in all Duke facilities. 

For more information, please see the university’s Public Health Measures.

Thanks for helping keep all of us safe as we enjoy each other’s company at this special event!

For additional questions or support, email Harriet at hello@katebowler.com.