St. Louis Speakers Series

The St. Louis Speakers Series is open to the public by subscribing to the series. The lectures are held from 8-9:30pm on seven Tuesday evenings, from October through April.

Become a subscriber to the St. Louis Speakers Series to guarantee your seats to all seven lectures. Each event will conclude with a question and answer session. Please note that the St. Louis Speakers Series is only sold by subscription to the entire series – single tickets to individual lectures will not be sold.

The speakers for the 2015-2016 season are:


American Novelist & Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter
October 13, 2015

Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim with his 1978 novel The World According to Garp. Several of his 14 novels have been bestsellers, and five have been adapted to film, including The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire. Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script for The Cider House Rules.


Neurosurgeon & CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
November 3, 2015

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy Award-winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, played an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360° and CNN documentaries, as well as anchoring the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD.


Swam from Cuba to Key West, Florida
November 17, 2015

Nyad came to national attention in the 1970s for swimming around Manhattan and then from the Bahamas to Florida. In 2013, at the age of 64, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida without the aid of a shark cage. Nyad is also a journalist who has been regularly featured on NPR and ABC’s Wide World of Sports.


Renowned American Diplomat
January 19, 2016

Ross has played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process as the point man for Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. With a specialty in Soviet and Middle East policy, he has served as a diplomat under four U.S. Presidents. Ross has authored several books and is now a Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


Astronaut & Former Congresswoman
February 9, 2016

A Gulf War naval aviator, Kelly became a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996. In total, he flew four space missions, including commanding the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Kelly will be joined briefly by Giffords, his wife and the former congresswoman from Arizona who was the target of an attempted assassination in 2011.


Former CIA Director & U.S. Secretary of Defense
March 15, 2016

Panetta served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years before President Clinton selected him as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1993, and then, in 1994, appointed him White House Chief of Staff. President Obama nominated Panetta to run the CIA in 2009. He subsequently served as Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist & Author
April 5, 2016 – Tuesday, 8pm

Barry won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, “for his consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns.” For 22 years, he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald. The author of numerous books, Barry’s most recent release is Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster).