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 2014-2015 season are:

Legendary Actor

October 7, 2014 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.

The recipient of numerous acting awards, Sheen has been a star of the “silver screen” for more than 50 years. Although most recently lauded for his performance as President Josiah Bartlet in the award-winning television series The West Wing, he first achieved fame in the 1970s with roles in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now.


julia_gillardJULIA GILLARD
Australian Prime Minister (2010-2013)

October 21, 2014 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Gillard’s political career was crowned by her service as Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to hold either position. Born in Wales, she moved with her family to Adelaide when she was a child. Gillard’s earlier political career included numerous cabinet and shadow cabinet positions.

The On-Campus portion of this event will take place in the Maryville Auditorium from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM on Tuesday, October 21.

Editor-At-Large and Senior Political Analyst, Time magazine 

U.S. Political Correspondent and Columnist, New York magazine

November 18, 2014 - Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Halperin is a senior political analyst for Time magazine, and Heilemann covers U.S. politics for New York magazine; both are political analysts for MSNBC. In 2008, they teamed up to co-author the book Game Change, providing a witty behind-closed-doors view of the 2008 Presidential Campaign. They recently released Double Down: Game Change 2012.

Activist, Writer and Politician 

January 6, 2015 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Ali has been known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam. Born in Somalia, she eventually sought political asylum in the Netherlands to avoid a forced marriage and was later elected to the Dutch Parliament. Ali’s 2006 bestselling memoir is titled Infidel.


Director of the FBI (2001-2013)

Thursday, Feb 17, 2015, 8 p.m.

After leading a Marine rifle platoon in Vietnam, Mueller attended law school and started his career working in the U.S. Attorney offices in both San Francisco and Boston, and then in the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2001, he was nominated as FBI Director, starting in that position only one week before the September 11 attacks.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian

March 24, 2015 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Acclaimed author of TrumanJohn Adams, and most recently The Greater Journey, this two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award has been called a National Treasure. A gifted storyteller, he has narrated several PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Napoleon, and the motion picture Seabiscuit.


kaku_michioMICHIO KAKU
Theoretical Physicist

April 21, 2015 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Known as a futurist and popularizer of science, Kaku has written numerous books about physics and makes regular appearances on radio, television and film. A frequent host of TV specials for the BBC, Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the Science Channel, he hosts a weekly, syndicated, one-hour radio program called Explorations.