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 2016-2017 season are:


Panel Discussion: Racism in America
October 18, 2016

(NOTE: This listing reflects a change in previously announced panelists.)

More than 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, three distinguished panelists will explore Racism in America from their divergent perspectives: Goldie Taylor, editor-at-large of The Daily Beast; Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of Please Stop Helping Us; and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

ehudbarakEHUD BARAK

Former Prime Minister of Israel
November 1, 2016

Ehud Barak was Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. He entered politics following a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He served as leader of the Labor Party until 2011, including posts as Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government from 2009 to 2013.

ritamorenoRITA MORENO

Oscar-Winning Actress, Singer & Dancer
November 22, 2016

Moreno is one of only 12 actors who have won all four major awards… an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for portraying Anita in the film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Recently, Moreno was presented with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors.

johncleeseJOHN CLEESE

Co-Founder of Monty Python
January 24, 2017

Cleese co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe behind the British comedy TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and four Monty Python films. He created or appeared in a long list of movies but is probably best known for co-writing and starring in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers and co-starring in A Fish Called Wanda.

martindempseyGEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY

Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
February 28, 2017

President Barack Obama nominated Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2011, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. He served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army before this appointment. Prior to that, Dempsey had a distinguished military career, with an assortment of commands in Europe, Iraq and the United States.

tedkoeppelTED KOPPEL

Broadcast Journalist, Former Anchor of Nightline
March 28, 2017

Koppel is best known as the first anchor for ABC’s Nightline, serving in that role from the program’s inception in 1980 until his retirement in 2005. After leaving Nightline he served as Managing Editor for the Discovery Channel. Koppel is currently a senior news analyst for NPR and a contributing analyst to BBC World News America and NBC News.

jonmeachamJON MEACHAM

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Presidential Historian
April 18, 2017

A Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, Meacham has profiled Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and, most recently, George H.W. Bush in a body of work that spans from from the Founding Fathers to the Civil Rights Era. A former editor-in-chief of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Time magazine, he now serves as the executive editor at Random House.