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!
Bill Bryson - October 2, 2013 - For nearly three decades, Bryson has chronicled his travels around the world, including the US, UK, and Australia.
George Papandreou - October 16, 2013 - As Prime Minister (2009-2011), Papandreou led the Greek government during the country's deepest crisis in post-war history, and helped shape the European response.
Robert Gates - November 13, 2013 - Appointed Secretary of Defense by President Bush in 2006, Gates continued in that capacity under President Obama. Earlier he served for 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Council.
Steve Wozniak - January 15, 2014 - Called one of "Silicon Valley's most creative engineers," Wozniak single-handedly invented the early Apple computers, contributing significantly to the microcomputer revolution that followed.
Billy Collins - February 26, 2014 - Dubbed "The most popular poet in America" by the New York Times, Collins was appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
Jon Huntsman - April 2, 2014 - Serving under four presidents of both parties, he was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 to be U.S. Ambassador to China. Prior to this, he served as the 16th Governor of the State of Utah, as the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and as the Ambassador to Singapore.
Doris Kearns Goodwin - April 30, 2014 - Working as an assistant to President Johnson, her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, became a New York Times bestseller and launched her literary career. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, her 2005 book Team of Rivals is the basis for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 hit film Lincoln.