Message from the President
Dear Friends of the Speaker Series,
As we announce the speakers for what will be our 28th season, we are proud of our past, enthusiastic about our future and committed to continuing to provide thought provoking, entertaining events for our subscribers. We are excited about the improvements we’ve made in the level of communication we exchange with our ticket holders and expect to continue to enhance the subscriber experience through email, our surveys, this website and social media.
Our 2016-2017 season featured a number of well-known individuals with expertise in areas as diverse as world affairs, history, politics, Islam, using communication to improve education and two of the most widely read authors of our time. As other comparable series around the country cut back their schedules citing rising speaker costs we continue to deliver eight quality events every season. Our 2017-2018 season will be no exception.
As the new administration struggles to find its footing we wonder what direction we will be taking in our relationships abroad and whether our new leaders are the right people to take us where we need to go. The President has surrounded himself, in part, with retired military leaders and our first speaker General Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, knows each of them intimately and will share his thoughts on them and their challenges.
We follow the international theme with Robin Wright, who has spent the last 40 years reporting from war zones and hot spots around the globe, and Ian Bremmer, founder and head of Eurasia Group – the largest consultancy in the world dedicated to advising heads of state on political developments all over the world. Rather than present a one-sided view of current politics, we will feature Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel, liberal and conservative commentators in an evening of respectful discussion. Theresa Payton, former White House Chief Information Officer, will enlighten us with a fascinating presentation about cyber security and its implications for our country, industry and for us.
At a time when we seem to lack for real American heroes, Scott Kelly will share his story of spending almost a year in space, followed by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, who will fill us in on Brexit and England’s place in the world after departing the EU.
Finally, Anderson Cooper who has reported on every major news story around the world in recent years, will be our final speaker of the season.
We hope you will share our excitement and join us for each of these fascinating evenings.
President and Host, MPSF Speaker Series