Message from the President - MPSF Speaker Series

Message from the President


Dear Friends of the Speaker Series,

As we approach our 30th season, MPSF Speaker Series is proud of the reputation we have built as the largest community speaker series in the country, and enthusiastic about continuing to deliver thought-provoking entertaining events for our subscribers.

Our 2018-2019 was a stunning success. All four nights of the series were sold out completely! Our speakers last year were for the most part, well known in the U.S. and globally, brilliant both professionally and as individuals. 

The 2019-2020 season has been designed in alignment with broad topics making headlines in most of our lives: the lead-up to a critical election in 2020, how climate change and the importance of science are impacting our very lives, the state of the world and moving things forward positively, making the most of food, glorious food, and the power of humor in “all of the above”.

We open in September with Walter Isaacson, well known for his biographies of Da Vinci, Stephen Jobs and of other innovators and as a high profile journalist. Former Governor John Kasich, now a senior political commentator for CNN advocates for “living a bigger life than ourselves.” The combination of powerhouse progressive Donna Brazile and conservative Michael Steele promises to surprise us with their common views on U.S. politics. Topics affecting our health and well being will be addressed by one of our great neuroscientists, Dr. Robert Sapolsky, and injected with a little humor along the way. Bill Nye the Science Guy is sure to a crowd-pleaser as he inspires us with his love of science and why it is important. Everybody’s favorite legal affairs and SCOTUS expert, Nina Totenberg, shares insight on the cases we all want to know about. Ian Bremmer, who received the highest marks in the history of the Speaker Series, will be back to help us make sense of our world. For those who love food (and who doesn’t?), our final event of the 2019-2020 season will feature the exciting pairing of Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi, two of the West’s most popular chefs and cookbook authors.

I hope you will join MPSF Speaker Series as a subscriber for the 2019-2020 season. It promises to be a mind-opener!

Jim Weil
President and Host, MPSF Speaker Series

"I enjoy the lectures because they present a diverse group of subjects, ideas and information about what is happening in our world today."
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