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Previous Speakers

Previous Speakers

2012-2013

2011-12

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

  • Jon Meacham - "Franklin and Winston: Leadership Lessons for Today"

2005-06

2004-05

  • Coleman Barks - "Rumi's Work with Community"
  • Richard Rodriguez - "Brown: The Last Discover of America"
  • Shashi Tharoor - "From Midnight to Millennium: Democracy and Identity in Today's India"
  • Susan Landry - "Creating Family and School Environments that Support School Readiness for Young Children"
  • Louise Leakey - "Origins and Evolution: In Search of How We Became Human"
  • Garrison Keillor - "An Evening with Garrison Keillor"

2003-04

  • Jill Kerr Conway - "When Memory Speaks"
  • Sarah Vowell - "A Partly Cloudy Patriot"
  • Norma Field - "Japanese Women's Pursuit of Global Justice"
  • David Pearson - "The Politics of Reading Pedagogy"
  • Gail Buckley - "Black America at War: From George Washington to George Bush"
  • Rory Kennedy - "The Camera Doesn't Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Filmmaking"
  • Harry Greene - "Darwin, Kant and Biodiversity"
  • Robert Evans - "Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing"

2002-03

  • Gordon Shaw - "Keeping Mozart in Mind"
  • Susan Sontag - "Regarding Other People's Pain: War and the Visual Arts"
  • Carol Etherington - "Childhood Interrupted by War and Disaster"
  • Randall L. Kennedy - "Nigger: The Strage Career of a Troublesome Word"
  • Betty Williams - "Creating Safe Havens for the World's Children"
  • Kerry Kennedy Cuomo - "Speak Truth to Power"

2001-02

  • Gen. Wesley Clark - "Waging Modern War"
  • Edward Albee - "The Playwright vs. The Theater"
  • Michael Berube - "Disability and Democracy"
  • Gregory Pence and Nigel M. De S. Cameron - "Cloning Debate"
  • Mae Jemison - "An Evening with Mae Jemison"
  • Janet Reno - "The Legal Profession as Problem Solvers and Peacemakers"
  • Richard C. Holbrooke - "AIDS: The Humanitarian Crisis"

2000-01

  • Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former president of Costa Rica - "The Struggle for Peace in the New Millennium"
  • Ernest Gaines - "Gaines on Gaines"
  • Dwight Duncan & Richard Mohr - "Who Should be Allowed to Marry: The Same Sex Marriage Debate"
  • Stephanie Guttmann - "The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can It Fight?"
  • Jon Entine & Kenneth Shropshire - "Taboo; Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It"
  • Sarah Weddington - "Some Leaders are Born Women"
  • The Capitol Steps - "The Lighter Side of Politics"

1999-2000

1998-99

1997-98

  • William F. Buckley
  • Admiral Elmo Zumwalt
  • Ariana Huffington
  • Nadine Strossen
  • Ralph Wiley
  • LouAnne Johnson
  • Bettina Gregory

1996-97

  • Pierre Salinger
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer
  • Morris Dees
  • Julian Bond
  • Phyllis Schlafly
  • Cathy Rigby

1995-96

  • Charles Murray
  • Lillian Vernon
  • Dr. William Schulz
  • Ralph Reed, Jr.
  • Benjamin Karim
  • Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer
  • Molly Ivins