2023-24 Speakers

JANE FONDA

Academy Award-winning Actor
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 8pm
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 8pm

A two-time Academy Award-winning actor, author, producer, activist, and fitness guru, Fonda most recently starred in Grace & Frankie, Netflix’s longest-running original series. Her extraordinary career includes more than 50 films, earning her the AFI Life Achievement Award. She launched the Jane Fonda Climate PAC in 2022.

VAN JONES

Emmy Award-winning Journalist
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 8pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 8pm

An Emmy award winning journalist and CNN commentator known for his pragmatic voice in a volatile political climate, Jones has worked with both parties to pass criminal justice reform. He advised Presidents Bush and Obama on green jobs, and launched #YesWeCode to help underserved kids find success in tech.

ADAM KINZINGER

Former US Congressman, January 6th Committee
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 8pm
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 8pm

A six-term Republican congressman, Kinzinger was a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack. He also served on the prestigious Energy and Foreign Affairs committees, and has been critical of leaders from both parties. A US Air Force veteran, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MARIE YOVANOVITCH

Former Ambassador to Ukraine
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 8pm
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 8pm

Known for her efforts to battle corruption and defend human rights, Yovanovitch is a career diplomat who served as US Ambassador to Ukraine. An expert on Eastern European affairs, she is now fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

LAURIE SANTOS

Yale Professor | The Happiness Lab Podcast
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 8pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 8pm

Santos teaches the most popular course in Yale’s history, Psychology and the Good Life. An expert on the science of happiness, she shares entertaining insights on how to make wiser choices and live a happier life. She hosts the popular podcast The Happiness Lab and has won numerous science and teaching awards.

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS

Presidential Historian
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 8pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 8pm

One of the nation’s leading presidential historians and 10-time New York Times bestselling author, Beschloss provides brilliant analysis, revealing the leadership secrets of great US presidents and other historical figures. Beschloss contributes to NBC news and PBS NewsHour, and is the most-followed historian on Twitter.

CÉLINE COUSTEAU

Environmentalist, Explorer and Filmmaker
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 8pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 8pm

Following in the footsteps of her iconic family, Cousteau is an environmental advocate and storyteller committed to ocean conservation, biodiversity, and interconnectivity between humans and the natural world. She has directed and produced over 20 films and was a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans.

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