2017-2018 Season

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George Takei

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

George Takei first became known around the world for his role in the acclaimed TV series Star Trek; now, millions more know him through his presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TV, movie, and stage. From his years as a child in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful–and witty–voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winning author of best-selling history books, and frequent, and perhaps the most knowledgeable commentator on current political events. She worked with Steven Spielberg on the Academy Award winning movie Lincoln, which was based in part on her award-winning book Team of Rivals. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, Goodwin was the first woman journalist allowed in the Red Sox locker room.

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Captain Scott Kelly

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year in Space solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. A NASA Astronaut, he captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage—proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. Kelly’s time in space paved the way for the future of long distance space travel to explore Mars.

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Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. As a lawyer he has dedicated himself to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, the EJI has won major cases eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating death row prisoners, and aiding minors prosecuted as adults, including a recent Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors are unconstitutional. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and in 2016 was named in Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leader list.

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Ehud Barak

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Prime Minister Ehud Barak is one of the most recognizable names in Israeli life and politics. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford University, he served an illustrious career in the Israeli Defense Forces that included rescuing passengers at Entebbe on an airplane hijacked by terrorists. As Prime Minister, Barak devoted himself to the peace process, withdrawing troops from Lebanon and working with Bill Clinton in an attempt to find lasting peace. In 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his lifetime achievements.

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Chris Wallace

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Award-winning veteran journalist & host of FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviews the top newsmakers, from Washington’s power players to world leaders. Over his extensive and impressive career, Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting. Wallace delivers an unparalleled insider look into the current political environment, the White House and the future of America. Chris Wallace breaks down today’s top news issues impacting individuals and industry, leaving audiences with takeaways that prepare them for impending changes in the political landscape.