2020-2021 Season

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2020-21 Speakers

John Bolton


National Security Advisor (2018–2019)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8pm

Known for favoring a strong U.S. foreign and defense policy, Bolton served as the National Security Advisor to President Trump from 2018 to 2019. He was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 by President George W. Bush.



Award-Winning Photographer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8pm

Platon’s portraits of world leaders have been featured on over 25 Time magazine covers. A genius behind the camera, he is also a master storyteller who shares behind-the-camera tales from his experiences with some of the world’s most iconic personalities, such as Vladimir Putin, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Muammar Gaddafi.

Walter Isaacson


American Historian
Monday, November 23, 2020 8pm

Isaacson’s biographical works have focused heavily on genius, including Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs. A Professor of History at Tulane University, he is the former CEO of the Aspen Institute and has been chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine.

Tarana Burke


Original Me Too Movement Founder
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8pm

Long before the hashtag #MeToo went viral with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Burke was the one who coined the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault. A civil rights activist from the Bronx, she was honored as one of The Silence Breakers named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year.

Jamie Metzl


Genetic Engineering Expert & Author
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8pm

Metzl’s latest book, Hacking Darwin, explores the future of our species as scientists turn science fiction into reality with the genetic engineering revolution. A technology and healthcare futurist, Metzl was appointed to the World Health Organization’s advisory committee on global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.

Theresa May


Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016–2019)
March 30, 2021

May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, only the second woman in British history to hold that position. Mrs. May became Prime Minster after the historic Brexit referendum and shares unique insight about how politics, technology and business intersect at a time of profound global change.

Bill Nye


The Science Guy
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8pm

Widely known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye is a television personality, best-selling author, and CEO of The Planetary Society. True to his personal mission, he helps foster a scientifically literate society, using his infectious blend of curiosity and humor to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

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