SACRAMENTO SPEAKERS SERIES
Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
October 23, 2012, 8:00PM
Sanjay Gupta, M.D. is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Dr. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, has medical training and public health policy experience that distinguishes his reporting on a range of medical and scientific topics including brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, HIV/AIDS, and other areas. In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory School of Medicine.
President Bill Clinton
December 4, 2012, 8:00PM
Under the presidency of President William Jefferson Clinton, the US enjoyed the longest economic expansion in its history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the US and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. He is currently the UN Special Envoy for Haiti and has written three best-selling books. He is easily one of the most sought-after speakers in the country today.
January 8, 2013, 8:00PM
Columnist for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning author, TV documentarian: these are a few of the hats worn by Thomas Friedman, an intellectual the man in the street can look to for straight talk about our increasingly complex world. The titles of a few of his books say much about him: his newest, That Used to Be Us:How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestsellers list; his earlier Hot Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America was a #1 best seller; and The World Is Flat has been called the best book on globalization.
Michelle A. Rhee
January 29, 2013 8:00PM
Michelle Rhee is the founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, formed in response to the increasing demand for a better education system for all of our children, in every ZIP code. Before leading StudentsFirst, Ms. Rhee was a Teach for America corpsmember in Baltimore; founded The New Teacher Project to bring more excellent teachers to classrooms by reforming hiring practices; and served as chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, where she brought the worst performing school district in the country to double digit growth in state reading and math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades, and oversaw not only a rise in graduation rates, but the first increase in enrollment in forty years.
February 27, 2013, 8:00PM
Louise Leakey, paleontologist, conservationist, educator, and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is the third generation of the famous Leakey family to dig for humanity’s past in East Africa. She and her team, The Koobi Fora Research Project, have made discoveries that may rewrite humanity’s evolutionary timeline: her 2007 find of H. habilis bones suggests that different species of pre-humans lived side-by-side at the same time for almost half of million years. Her work in remote parts of Kenya has given her a unique perspective on that environment, and she works to preserve and protect the unique flora and fauna in its national park and UN designated world heritage sites.
April 2, 2013, 8:00PM
Robert Ballard is an underwater archaeologist, geophysicist and educator. But he is best known for his amazing deep-sea discoveries: of the Titanic, the Bismarck, the USS Yorktown (while on a secret mission for the Navy, with the Titanic as his cover story) and John F. Kennedy’s PT-109. He was in the first team of scientists to view the deep-sea vents, and has been on more than 120 deep-sea expeditions. He shares his enthusiasm for deep-sea exploration with 1.7 million students a year, who join scientists virtually through his JASON Project.