2019-2020 Season

James Comey

Thursday, September 19, 2019

James Comey was the Director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Obama. He became embroiled in controversy due to his investigations of 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, leading to his termination by President Trump in May 2017. He oversaw the federal response to mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and at Pulse nightclub in Orlando the following June, at the time the deadliest in the country’s history. As Director he addressed key leadership, agility, and diversity issues within the Bureau.

Jane Fonda

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jane Fonda is an American actress best known for her acting career, political activism and aerobic-exercise videos. The daughter of acclaimed actor Henry Fonda, the actress has won two Oscars.  Off screen, she was a civil rights and anti-war activist.   In the 1980s, the actress found success launching a series of aerobic-exercise videos.  Fonda’s recent projects include The Newsroom and Grace and Frankie.  Fonda fought for social causes, serving as a spokesperson on issues of civil rights and women’s rights.

Deepak Chopra

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Deepak Chopra, MD is a world-renowned pioneer of integrative medicine and personal transformation.  He seeks to teach the benefits of incorporating meditation and a healthy lifestyle for increasing inner happiness.  Dr. Chopra is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism.  He is the founder of the Chopra Foundation whose mission is to advance the cause of mind/body spiritual healing, education, and research, and the author of numerous books that have been translated into over 43 languages, including over 25 New York Times bestsellers.

Jon Meacham

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Jon Meacham is a Presidential biographer, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals.  A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on cable networks.  Known as a skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

Paul Nicklen

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Paul Nicklen, a National Geographic Explorer, is a marine biologist, photographer and filmmaker.   As an assignment photographer for Nat Geo Magazine, Nicklen captures the imagination of a global audience.  He is the founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy.  In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is an acclaimed polar specialist, author and conservationist.  He has garnered more than 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field.

To Be Announced

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Cokie Roberts was originally scheduled to appear, but with her passing we will be announcing a replacement speaker shortly.