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The Speakers Series is open to the public by subscribing to the Series. The lectures are held on seven different evenings, from October through April.

Become a subscriber to the Pittsburgh Speakers Series to guarantee your seats to all 7 performances. You will have the chance to interact with each speaker, as each event will conclude with a question and answer session. Please note that the Pittsburgh Speakers Series is only sold by subscription to the entire series - single tickets to individual lectures will not be sold.

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The speakers for the 2010-2011 season, which begins this Fall, 2010 are:


Three-time Pulitzer Prize Winning Commentator, New York Times Columnist and Author of The World Is Flat

October 13, 2010 - Wednesday, 8pm

His background as a reporter for The New York Times and his expertise in the Middle East led this three-time Pulitzer Prize winner to pen The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World Is Flat and, most recently, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America.


New York Times Bestselling Author of Committed and Eat, Pray, Love

November 3, 2010 - Wednesday, 8pm

Dubbed a "Rock Star Author" by Oprah Winfrey, her novel Eat, Pray, Love spent over 155 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and has been published in more than 30 languages, selling over six million copies worldwide. Her latest book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage, is also a New York Times Best Seller.


Celebrated Pediatric Neurosurgeon

November 17, 2010 - Wednesday, 8pm

With his mother’s support, and his determination to overcome poverty, he became the world renowned director of pediatric neurosurgery for Johns Hopkins Hospital at the young age of 33. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008, his life story is portrayed in the film, Gifted Hands, starring Cuba Gooding Jr.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for The Washington Post

January 26, 2011 - Wednesday, 8pm

Hailed as the pre-eminent conservative columnist of today, his social and political commentary in his weekly column in The Washington Post is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers and media outlets throughout the country.  He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic.  He is also a weekly panelist on the PBS news program Inside Washington and a regular panelist on Fox News’ Special report with Bret Baier.


Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

February 23, 2011 - Wednesday, 8pm

As the last apartheid-era president of South Africa, he ended apartheid, leading his country’s peaceful transition to black majority rule. In 1993, he and Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the democratization of South Africa. In 1999, he established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of peace in multi-communal societies.


Syndicated Columnist and Political Commentator on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer

March 16, 2011 - Wednesday, 8pm

Having worked in Washington through 9 administrations, he is a nationally syndicated columnist, political analyst, and a weekly contributor to The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. Shields has been described by the Washington Post as “a walking almanac of American politics” and by the Wall Street Journal as “the wittiest political journalist around.”

Rove vs Dean

Former Bush Advisor & Deputy Chief of Staff
Former Vermont Governor & DNC Chairman

April 27, 2011 - Wednesday, 8pm

Two powerhouses of the American political system faceoff in an evening featuring individual commentary followed by a response to each other’s talk and audience Q&A. Rove is former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President G.W. Bush. Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman, Dean ran for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.

Here is what our subscribers have to say...

“What a wonderful experience the Speakers Series is. I am so impressed with the quality of the speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity in the Pittsburgh area not to be missed.”
Sally Holub

“This Series is incredible! It’s like an elite continuing education course where the ‘guest lecturers,’ season after season, are some of the best and brightest minds of our time."
Laura Kulhanjian

“What a surprise it has been to find that the speakers my wife and I were least looking forward to, have been the ones we have enjoyed the most. Now we understand why it is sold as a series.”
Jeff Broadhurst

“I NEED the Speakers Series. It continues to provide a worldly view in an unobstructed way without media influence. Each speaker broadens my perspective and challenges my thought process.”
Charles B.

“I appreciate hearing unedited thoughts directly from the speaker. The personal experience, particularly the Q&A portion of the evening, gives me a better sense of the real person.”
Charlene Bry

“A few years back I was a guest at the David McCullough lecture. It was one of the most fascinating evenings of my life. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve been a subscriber ever since.”
Dean McClellan

“The Speakers Series is always interesting and entertaining. I leave each event with a new perspective on important issues and enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpse into these leaders’ stories and successes."
Bob Jacobson

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