New Season of St. Louis Speakers Series Unveiled


ST. LOUIS — The 12th season of the Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series, which runs from October 2009 through April 2010, features seven distinguished individuals of international renown. With each series guest, audiences will delve into the most pressing issues of our time, including environmental policy, politics, economics, literacy and human rights activism. Each lecture is followed by a lively question-and-answer period.

Pervez Musharraf – Oct. 1, 2009
As President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf occupied what Time described as “the most dangerous job in the world,” playing a critical role in the War on Terror and directing countless raids on Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  His memoir, In the Line of Fire, speaks to his struggle for the security and political future of Pakistan, which he believes can become progressive, moderate and prosperous.

Jean-Michel Cousteau – Oct. 27, 2009   
Since being thrown overboard from the Calypso at age 7 by his father, Jacques, this explorer, environmentalist, educator and documentary film producer has communicated his love and concern for our “water planet.”  Today, as president of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels extensively; teaching, exploring and producing films to reach millions the world over.

Laura Bush – Nov. 24, 2009
As First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush was a staunch advocate for global literacy and human rights.  While First Lady she convened a summit on early childhood development; led a nation to raise awareness about the challenges facing our nation’s youth, and fought against breast cancer, heart disease, HIV, AIDS and malaria.

Robert Reich – Jan. 19, 2010
Having served in the Ford, Carter, Clinton and now Obama administrations, Robert Reich is regarded as one of the nation’s leading thinkers on business, labor and the economy.  As Secretary of Labor he worked to pass the Retirement Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and increased the minimum wage for hourly workers.

Mia Farrow – Feb. 9, 2010
One of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies, Mia Farrow began her career at an early age and went on to star in more than 40 films including Rosemary’s Baby and Hannah and Her Sisters.  In a riveting personal account of her life behind-the-scenes, Farrow explores the challenges that helped shape her inspiring humanitarian efforts with UNICEF and in Darfur.

Tom Friedman – April 6, 2010
Tom Friedman’s background as a reporter for The New York Times and his expertise in the Middle East led this three-time Pulitzer Prize winner to pen The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World is Flat and, most recently, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America.

Greg Mortenson – April 20, 2010
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, everywhere Greg goes people line up to hear his message about how to change the world…ever since his book Three Cups of Tea spend 91 weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list.  He co-founded the Central Asia Institute which has built nearly 80 schools educating 18,000 girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Tickets are sold by series subscription only. Season tickets are $335 and $420 for reserved seats; $285 for open seating. Maryville University faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents and students are eligible for a 10 percent discount on open seating.  To get the discount code, contact the Alumni Relations Office ; 314.529.9338.

For more information about the speakers or to order tickets, visit or call 314.533.7888.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.