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We've assembled an impressive lineup of important
speakers to appear for the 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Daniels claimed an Oscar nomination for Best Director (Precious,
2009) and is highly-recognized
The Butler (2013), the heart-felt story of the White House
servant who observed a nation’s evolution during eight presidential
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
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.”