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
2. 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
4. Soon after April 15, Season Subscriptions will also be available through
5. Individual seats for specific performances will not be available
until December 1.
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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),
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.”