The Boston Speakers Series invites you to join us at Boston Symphony Hall to experience the ultimate in cultural engagement -- seven evenings of diverse opinions, profound insights and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of issues. Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors and other celebrated personalities will enlighten and inspire you. Join us for a season of heroes and legends. You'll be delighted you did!MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT
The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, Albright earlier served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Born in Prague, her family fled the Nazi invasion during WWII, and later the Communists, before settling in Denver. A Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Albright currently serves as a professor at Georgetown University.JULIA GILLARD
Gillard's political career was crowned by her service as Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to hold either position. Born in Wales, she moved with her family to Adelaide when she was a child. Gillard's earlier political career included numerous cabinet and shadow cabinet positions.KEN BURNS
For more than 35 years, Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed documentaries ever made, including The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The War (2007) and Prohibition (2011). His films have won 12 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008 Burns received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award.OLYMPIA SNOWE
Named one of America's 10 Best Senators by Time in 2006, Snowe became widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes in the Senate. She was the youngest Republican woman elected to the U.S. Congress and is also the first woman to have served in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of the U.S. Congress.DAVID GERGEN
Now a Senior Political Analyst for CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen served as a presidential advisor during the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. His election team coverage has twice won the Peabody Award, once with MacNeil/Lehrer Report and once with CNN.ISHMAEL BEAH
In 1991, during Sierra Leone's civil war, Beah was forced to become a
child soldier at the age of 13. Brainwashed and kept addicted to
cocaine mixed with gunpowder, he fought for the government army against
rebels for three years. Finally rescued by UNICEF, Beah was deprogrammed and ultimately fled to the U.S. He is now active in defense of human rights.
Rather anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. During this time, he also contributed to CBS's 60 Minutes. Rather is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released his bestseller Rather Outspoken on his life and the state of journalism today.