Message from the President
Dear Friends of the Speaker Series,
As we announce the speakers for what will be our 29th season, we are proud of our past, enthusiastic about our future and committed to continuing to provide thought provoking, entertaining events for our subscribers.
Our 2017-2018 season took place in a year full of dramatic changes in the landscape of world affairs and challenges to the balance of political power of our own country. Our speakers brought insights based on personal experience to many of the stories that make history in our daily lives.
We will open the 2018-2019 season with Annie Griffiths, an award-winning photojournalist committed to photographing for aid organizations to help in their causes. James Comey, former director of the FBI will address challenges being faced by the U.S. Justice Department today and implications for our system of checks and balances. John Chambers, well known for his role in technology leadership, will share his worldview on the values of entrepreneurship, innovation and philanthropy. Vice President Joe Biden, in the forefront of domestic and foreign policy as a Congressman, will address the on-going effort to create a better life for the middle class in America. One of America’s most prolific documentary film makers, Ken Burns will share his award-winning work and the value of story telling to our history, to current events and to the future. Cecile Richards will address her work at Planned Parenthood and how women’s healthcare rights impact human rights worldwide. Also focused on healthcare issues, best-selling novelist and neuroscientist Lisa Genova tells about research to date on Alzheimer’s, ALS, and other devastating neurological diseases. We will wrap up the season with Jon Meacham, presidential historian and one of America’s most prominent intellectuals on the importance of historical context to current issues and events impacting our lives.
With topics ranging from healthcare to story-telling, technology to current politics, we hope you will join us for a season of inspiration and insights!
President and Host, MPSF Speaker Series