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The Celebrated Speakers Series.
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Click here to download a 2012 Celebrated Speakers Series brochure which includes an Order Form for Seasons Subscribers.

Or, to download just the Order Form (which can easily be mailed or faxed), click here.


The Celebrated Speakers Series has developed a proud tradition of bringing important speakers face-to-face with the people of our communities.  Want to know more about past programs at The Emerson Center? We've provided a place where you can browse our archives by clicking here.

This tradition of quality presentations is a tribute to the Sponsors, Patrons, Subscribers, Advertisers, and Guests who continue to share our commitment to providing a diversified line-up of events in our facility.

You can become a part of this proud tradition.
 

The 2012 Celebrated Speakers Series at The Emerson Center was a memorable season - and the whole Treasure Coast will talk about it for years to come. To "set the record straight," we've archived this web page which recalls the five performers who made this season possible.
 




 

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January 14, 2012
4pm and 7pm
VIP Reception between shows.


Arianna Huffington


Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 13 books, several of which are international bestsellers. She is also co-host of Left, Right and Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009, she was named as one of the most influential women in media by Forbes magazine and to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade.

Her latest book, Third World America, published in September 2010, chronicles the struggles of America’s besieged middle class.

 

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February 4, 2012
4pm and 7pm
VIP Reception between shows.


Mark Shields


A nationally known columnist and commentator, Mark Shields has worked in Washington through the administrations of nine U.S. Presidents. He has covered or participated in the last 11 presidential elections, including New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He was an editorial writer for The Washington Post where he began writing his column which is now distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate. Since 1988, Shields has provided weekly political analysis and commentary on national campaigns for the award-winning PBS NewsHour and for 17 years, Shields was moderator and panelist on CNN’s Capital Gang. He now is a regular panelist on Inside Washington, the weekly public affairs show which is seen on both ABC and PBS.

The Wall Street Journal has called Mark Shields “the wittiest political analyst around” and The Washington Post has called Shields “a walking almanac of American politics.”

 


 

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February 25, 2012
4pm and 7pm
VIP Reception between shows.

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson

 


Neil deGrasse Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission and later to serve on a 9-member commission to study the future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry and its new space vision.

Tyson, the author of dozens of professional publications, is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates, the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson’s latest book is the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller.

 

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March 10, 2012
4pm and 7pm
VIP Reception between shows.

 

Joe Scarborough


Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) is co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a show Time magazine calls “revolutionary” and The New York Times ranked as the top news show of 2008. Morning Joe features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians, in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories, and is described by The New Yorker as “appallingly entertaining.”

Previously, Scarborough hosted Scarborough Country, a primetime news show the San Francisco Chronicle called “must-see TV.” In addition to his career in television, Scarborough was the publisher and editor of the award-winning newspaper The Florida Sun. He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise, as well as the 2004 book Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day which predicted the collapse of the Republican majority and US economy due to his party’s reckless spending.

 

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March 31, 2012
4pm and 7pm
VIP Reception between shows.

 

Bob Woodward


Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award and made crucial contributions to two Pulitzer Prizes won by The Washington Post. He was called “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever” by Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and “the most celebrated journalist of our age” by Albert Hunt of The Wall Street Journal.

He has covered Watergate to the Supreme Court, the CIA, the Pentagon, President Clinton, the Federal Reserve, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, four books on the wars of President George W. Bush, and now the Obama administration. He has consistently found the inside, hidden story of Washington institutions and the American Presidency. Woodward is the associate editor of The Washington Post and has authored or co-authored 16 books, twelve of which have been nonfiction national bestsellers, more than any other contemporary American author. His latest book, Obama’s Wars, published in September 2010, focuses on Obama’s critical decisions about the wars abroad and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

 

 


Halsey Smith, Managing Director of Wilmington Trust adds, “We are excited about helping bring the Celebrated Speakers Series to our community. Since its inception in 2006, the Celebrated Speakers Series has continued to distinguish itself by providing quality performances and attentive service to the people of Indian River County and beyond. We are especially excited about the upcoming 2012 Season. Once again, Celebrated Speakers Series will be known as the best ever.”

 


 

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