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January 12, 2008 - Michael Beschloss

     Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the author of eight books, including the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945.  Amazon.com declared it the bestselling history book in America the year it was published, 2002.
     Newsweek has called Beschloss “the nation’s leading presidential historian.”  He was recently appointed NBC News Presidential Historian, and will appear regularly on “Meet the Press,” and the “Today” show.  He is a regular on “Imus in the Morning” and PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”  He was also recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World” narrated by Morgan Freeman.  An alumnus of Williams College, Beschloss is the only national political historian to have an advanced degree from the Harvard Business School.

February 2, 2008 - Cokie Roberts

     Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, where for fifteen years she has covered Congress, politics, and public policy.  She also serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio, and from 1996-2002 she was the co-anchor of the weekly ABC interview program “This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.”  In addition, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven, writes a weekly syndicated column, and together they wrote From This Day Forward, an account of marriages in American history, including theirs, which was an instant New York Times bestseller.  Cokie Roberts has won countless awards, including two Emmys, has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.  Ms. Roberts peppers her speeches with insight and wisdom born of personal and professional relationships honed in the halls of Congress over 4 decades.

February 23, 2008 - Jane Goodall

     Dr. Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960.  Her work at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve became the foundation of future primatological research and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.  Goodall defied scientific convention by insisting that chimpanzees have distinct personalities, minds, emotions, and lasting family bonds. 
     Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.  In addition to her many honors, including being named an Officer of the French Legion of Honor and a Dame of the British Empire, Goodall was appointed in 2002 as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace.”  In addition to two autobiographies, and many children’s books, her publication The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior is recognized as the definitive work on chimpanzees and is the culmination of her scientific career.

March 15, 2008 - David Gergen

     David Gergen currently serves as editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and is a regular television commentator.  He is also a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and is Director of its Center for Public Leadership.  In the fall of 2000, he published the best-selling book Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. 
     For 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life.  He served as Director of Communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford.  Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as counselor to the President on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international advisor to the President and the Secretary of State.  He returned to private life in January 1995.  A native of Durham, North Carolina, Gergen is an honors graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.