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2014 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 now announced the
2014 Celebrated Speakers Series at The Emerson Center. For the coming
audiences will experience a whole new level of programming excellence,
thanks in large part to the generous support
the series’ Presenting Sponsor, Wilmington Trust.
According to Donald Croteau, “Wilmington Trust's support has enabled us
to continue bringing leading speakers to our annual series, enabling our patrons,
subscribers, and guests to participate in the important dialogues of our
NOTICE: Starting in 2014, our second performances will begin at 6:30
pm. Be certain to make note of this time change.
Here's the line-up for the 2014 Series:
Admiral Mike Mullen was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the
highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the president’s
principal military advisor — in 2007-11. Before that, he served as
chief of Naval Operations.
During his career, he commanded the USS Noxubee, USS
Goldsborough, USS Yorktown, the George Washington Battle
Group and the U.S. Second Fleet. His last operational assignment, in
2005, was as commander, NATO’s Joint Force Command Naples/commander
U.S. Naval Forces Europe, leading the Alliance’s peacekeeping
operations in the Balkans and its training mission in Iraq.
guided the U.S. Armed Forces through difficult phases in the
Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and oversaw humanitarian operations from
Haiti to Japan.
The first chairman of the Joint Chiefs to have attended the Advanced
Management Program at the Harvard Business School, Mullen has a unique
perspective on America’s global position and how the U.S. economic
health affects national security. His dedication to the diversity and
integrity of the U.S. Armed Forces informed his decision to support
repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Passionate about the welfare of our troops, Mullen continues to work
on support initiatives, including suicide prevention and veteran
Deep-sea archaeologist, Robert Ballard, is perhaps best known for
his discovery of the Titanic.
also found the wrecks of the German battleship Bismarck, the
USS Yorktown, the nuclear sub Thresher (on a secret mission
for the Navy, for which the Titanic was his cover story) and
John F. Kennedy’s PT-109.
Ballard was on the first team to view hydrothermal vents and to
understand how life could survive in deep black waters, under extreme
pressure and at extreme temperature. During his long career, he has
conducted more than 120 deep-sea expeditions and logged more hours in
the deep than any other marine scientist in the world.
is president of the Institute for Exploration, scientist emeritus at
the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, director of the Center for
Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School
of Oceanography and an explorer-in-residence for the National
His new ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus, explored the
Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean seas in 2012. Ballard has pioneered
distance learning in classrooms around the world. Through his JASON
Project, 1.7 million students a year join scientists, virtually, as
they experience the thrill of exploration and discovery.
accomplished historian with a deep knowledge of politics, religion and
current affairs, Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
American Lion, his book about Andrew Jackson, debuted at No. 2 on
the New York Times bestseller list and won the Pulitzer for biography
in 2009. Meacham’s latest book is Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
The former Newsweek editor is a contributing editor at
Time and executive editor at Random House. He co-anchored the
public-affairs broadcast “Need to Know” on PBS and is a regular
panelist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has also appeared on NBC’s
“Meet the Press” and “Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert
Report” on Comedy Central.
Meacham’s other books include American Gospel: God, the Founding
Fathers, the Making of a Nation;
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship,
about the wartime relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill. He has
written for the New York Times, New York Times Book Review,
Washington Post, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the
Civil Rights Movement, a collection of essays about the midcentury
struggle against Jim Crow. In 2009 Meacham was elected to the Society
of American Historians.
Jon Huntsman has lived a varied and remarkable life in business and
public service. He has served in the administrations of four U.S.
presidents; first, as a staff assistant to President Reagan. Later, in
2012, he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
elected Utah’s governor, he cut taxes, reduced waste and grew the
state’s economy. Under his leadership, Utah ranked No. 1 in the nation
in job creation and was named the best-managed state by the Pew Center.
Huntsman, who speaks Mandarin fluently from his time as a Mormon
missionary in Taiwan, also has extensive foreign policy experience. As
U.S. ambassador to Singapore, he was the youngest head of an American
diplomatic mission in a century. As U.S. trade ambassador under
President George W. Bush, he helped negotiate dozens of free trade
agreements with Asian and African nations.
President Obama’s ambassador to China, Huntsman occasionally butted
heads with the Chinese government as he stridently advocated for the
release of American citizens wrongfully imprisoned.
Huntsman serves on various corporate boards, is a distinguished
fellow at the Brookings Institution and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer
The Celebrated Speakers Series is organized by a volunteer committee and
underwritten by the series' sponsor, Wilmington Trust.
Emerson Center’s Celebrated Speakers Series
committee include (Left to right): Spike Vrusho, Rita Maier, Larry
Nalepa, Joey Dobbs, Donald Croteau (Chair), Bob Bauchman (President
Florida-Wilmington Trust and Sponsor of the series), Susan Grandpierre
(Co-Chair), Earle Beasley, Dottie Grant, Earle Kirkbride, Joyce Levi.
Bob Bauchman, President of Wilmington Trust (Florida) adds, “We are
excited about helping bring the Celebrated Speakers Series to our
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.”
Janie Gould, How Floridians Coped (FREE)
ORCA's Oceans & Planet Lecture
Carl Halbirt, St. Augustine Archaeology (FREE)
Judy Collins in Concert
Dreamers & Schemers (FREE)
Gen. David Petraeus