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

The Emerson Center's Subscription Process...

1. From January 1 through April 15, 2015, all Season Subscription orders are handled directly by our Box Office at 772.778.5249.

Until March 31, 2015 current Season Subscribers will enjoy a "priority reservation period," during which they may renew their subscriptions and retain (or improve) their preferred seating.

3. At any time, others who want to order new subscriptions may do so by mail or through our Box Office at 772.778.5249. Their seating requests will be processed immediately after the "priority reservation period" has ended.

4. Soon after April 15, Season Subscriptions will also be available through online ticketing.

5. Individual seats for specific performances will not be available until December 1.

A TIP: Consider upgrading your subscription to "VIP" and attend private receptions with the celebrity speakers.

Click here to download a 2016 Celebrated Speakers Series brochure which includes an Order Form for Seasons Subscribers.

Or, to download just the Order Form (which can easily be mailed to us), 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.

We've assembled an impressive lineup of important speakers to appear for the 2016 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 2016:




In January 2011, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly received international attention when a would-be assassin opened fire at a Tucson political event, seriously injuring Congresswoman Giffords. The fact that Gabby Giffords survived the attack after suffering a gunshot wound to the head is, in itself, remarkable. Her return to the floor of the U.S. House seven months later has been described as miraculous. Her story speaks volumes to her strength and indomitable will to survive.

Throughout this ordeal, her husband, Mark Kelly, stayed by her side. A celebrated astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain with a record of 39 combat missions during the Gulf War and more than 50 days in space, Kelly is an American hero who maintains a commitment to scientific discovery.

Giffords resigned her Congressional seat in January 2012, choosing to focus on her continued recovery. In 2013, on the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting, Kelly and Giffords launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence.



Chief Washington Correspondent for the National Law Journal, Marcia Coyle is both a lawyer and a journalist who, for a quarter century, has focused her work on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reporting has garnered national journalism awards, such as the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Journalism Award for a career body of work involving coverage of the nation’s courts and justice system, and the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for environmental journalism, among others.

A graduate of Hood College, she received her M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Coyle appears on the PBS NewsHour as its Supreme Court analyst.

Her highly regarded book, The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution, shows how four landmark decisions reveal fault lines in the Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. – the court that now sits at the center of a constitutional maelstrom.



Dave Barry’s unique writing style developed in the 1970s while producing a weekly humor column for a local newspaper near Haverford College, where he majored in English. Half a century later, this high school “class clown” has parlayed his unique talent into a lifetime of humorous commentary for more than 500 newspapers and netted him a Pulitzer Prize along the way. (However, Dave seems most proud of his role in inspiring the observance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day!)

Barry has entertained readers with more than 30 books, among them the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business, and, most recently, Insane City, a darkly comic story encompassing Russian gangsters and an albino Burmese python named “Blossom.”

Dave Barry has made a living by plumbing the lows and highs of life in South Florida. A top choice of our Patrons, his satirical commentary will be eagerly anticipated at his second appearance (the first was in January 2007) at The Emerson Center.



Michael Tougias has written 23 books, mostly stories of heroism and tragedy met with human courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardship. One of his recent books, The Finest Hours, documents the true story of the Coast Guard’s 1952 rescue of 84 men stranded in freezing Atlantic waters after a blizzard caused two tankers to break in half. Disney Studios plans to release a movie based on this thrilling story in 2016.

Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories, his latest books being Derek’s Gift, A Storm Too Soon, and Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy. On a lighter note, he chronicled his misadventures as a young man at his remote cabin in Vermont in his book, There’s a Porcupine in my Outhouse, an opus that won the Independent Publishers Association Award for “The Best Nature Book of the Year.”

Michael Tougias has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Fox & Friends, The Weather Channel, and several other television shows.


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 2016 Season. Once again, Celebrated Speakers Series will be known as "the best ever.”



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