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Diverse speakers with timely topics appear before an important audience — ours.

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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.

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We've assembled an impressive lineup of important speakers to appear for the 2015 Celebrated Speakers Series at The Emerson Center. Our audiences will experience a whole new level of programming excellence and, as always, hear people who represent diverse interests that impact our nation's life and culture.


Here are the people you'll meet in 2015:




In the most critical days of America’s military role in the Middle East, General David Petraeus provided steady, sensible leadership for our combat troops.

Petraeus guided the development and implementation of the Army/Marine Corps field manual on counterinsurgency. After the 2007 surge in Iraq, Petraeus took command of the U.S. Central Command. In 2010, he was sent by President Obama to command NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The following year, Petraeus retired from the Army after 37 years of service and was named Director of the CIA. In November 2012, he resigned as Director, citing his extramarital affair with his female biographer.

Today, General Petraeus is the chairman of KKR Global Institute, a visiting professor at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, and a member of the advisory boards of several veterans’ organizations.



Jack Abramoff was the lobbyist who rose to become the nation’s most successful and prominent legislative promoter before becoming enmeshed in a harrowing political scandal.

If you wanted cooperation from Congress, you couldn’t ask for a better advocate than Abramoff. In the 1980s, he honed his lobbying skills by moving major Reagan administration initiatives through Congress. Next he built a profitable lobbying practice by developing a seemingly unlimited capacity to raise funds to fuel the political system.

But, in an instant, his world collapsed after an investigation by The Washington Post exposed his methods of buying favors from lawmakers. Abramoff landed in federal prison. His name became synonymous with government corruption. But now, Abramoff comes clean, revealing his lobbying techniques and acknowledging his errors. In his book, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist, Abramoff lays out specific reform proposals in a nine-point American Anti-Corruption Act.



His face is known to millions of viewers of network news shows and insightful specials on the Discovery, History, and Science channels. Dr. Michio Kaku is among America’s most recognized futurists with a unique ability to make sense of complex theories of physics.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, Kaku became a protégé of physicist Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb. With Teller’s encouragement, Kaku launched a career that has touched many of America’s loftiest educational institutions. Yet, his messages continue to simplify complex physics (including string theory).

Dr. Kaku has written several international best-sellers, one of which was How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century. He has written for TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and Discover. His 2008 book, Physics of the Impossible, was judged the number-one science book in the United States.

Kaku is outspoken in his belief that the U.S. could easily fall behind the rest of the world in the coming technological onrush. A passionate communicator, he frequently draws attention by making predictions that make headlines.



Remember The Butler? Were you touched by Precious? Did Monster’s Ball make you think? Well, all these films are the creative products of Lee Daniels, a Missourian who is redefining the art of movie making by touching the heart and soul of our nation and its people.

Daniels claimed an Oscar nomination for Best Director (Precious, 2009) and is highly-recognized for The Butler (2013), the heart-felt story of the White House servant who observed a nation’s evolution during eight presidential administrations.

Daniels will tell about his determined journey to break into the Hollywood movie business. He’ll share unique insights about working with stars such as Halle Berry, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, and Forest Whitaker.

Lee Daniels’ movies are realistic and often gritty. He says: “The media underestimates the intelligence of the moviegoer. We need to be fulfilled. People want to sit down and think, and I try to make people think.”


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 2014 Season. Once again, Celebrated Speakers Series will be known as "the best ever.”



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