St. Louis Speakers Series
The speakers for the 2013-2014 season are:
Former Prime Minister of Greece
October 8, 2013 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
As Prime Minister (2009-2011), Papandreou led the Greek government during the country’s deepest crisis in post-war history, and helped shape the European response. Earlier in his career, he helped engineer the Greek-Turkish rapprochement as Foreign Minister (1999-2004) and has won several awards for his efforts to promote peace and democracy.
Bestselling Author and Humorist
October 29, 2013 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
For nearly three decades, Bryson has chronicled his travels around the world, including in Great Britain (Notes from a Small Island), the United States (A Walk in the Woods) and Australia (Down Under). More recently, Bryson has released two huge international bestsellers, A Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
November 19, 2013 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Appointed Secretary of Defense by President Bush in 2006, Gates continued in that capacity under President Obama. Earlier he served 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Council. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon retirement, Gates now serves as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary.
Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc.
January 28, 2014 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Called one of “Silicon Valley’s most creative engineers,” Wozniak single-handedly invented the early Apple computers, contributing significantly to the microcomputer revolution that followed. With Steve Jobs, he founded Apple Computer, Inc., leading its research and development. In 2000,Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame.
Former U.S. Senator
February 24, 2014 – Monday, 8 p.m.
Named one of America’s 10 Best Senators by Time in 2006, Snowe became widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes in the Senate. She was the youngest Republican woman elected to the U.S. Congress and also is the first woman to have served in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Legendary Broadcast Journalist
March 25, 2014 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Rather anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. During this time, he also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released his bestseller Rather Outspoken on his life and the state of journalism today.
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian
May 6, 2014 – Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Working as an assistant to President Johnson, her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, became a New York Times bestseller and launched her literary career. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, her 2005 book Team of Rivals is the basis for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 hit film Lincoln.