Recently, the Sacramento Speakers Series has been featured in a number of articles. The following links are 2 of the most recent articles. Enjoy!
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
SACRAMENTO SPEAKERS SERIES
AN EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON
RENEW TODAY FOR THE BEST SEATS AT THE BEST PRICESDear Subscriber,
I’m happy to announce that the 2013-2014 lineup is in place. As I’ve said before, the process of putting together a series of distinguished speakers is like trying to fit puzzle pieces together as we choose from among the most exciting BIG NAMES with our subscribers in mind. We are now considered one of the top Series in the country, and I am thrilled to announce that once again we have assembled a diverse group of fascinating individuals that will make another great season.
As a subscriber, you know that the new season reflects the expressed interests of our patrons. Our lineup this year includes interesting and influential speakers on a wide range of topical issues: the uses and abuses of modern technology; the protection of the environment; the role of the military in today’s world; integrative medicine; managing crises in the age of the perpetual 24/7 news cycle; and the simple enjoyment of delicious food. The season kicks off on October 1, 2013 with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the legendary creative genius who dropped out of college to invent the personal computer, an invention that, for better or worse, has changed all of our lives. Woz will share with us his passion for bringing “hands on” learning and a focus on creativity to schools, and for protecting free speech, privacy and innovation in the digital age.
Next up, on November 12, 2013, we are privileged to host former vice-president and current climate change advocate Al Gore. After a long and fruitful political career in Washington, Gore turned his considerable energy and talents to protecting the environment. His film An Inconvenient Truth garnered an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize. He now spends most of his time working with The Climate Reality Project, the non-profit company he founded, devoted to removing the doubt about climate change and encouraging people to demand solutions to the climate crisis.
To start the New Year, on January 7, 2014, Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will join us. Having commanded three ships and served in Navy leadership positions ashore, Admiral Mullen served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs under two Presidents, Bush and Obama, from 2007 to 2011, and is familiar with the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. While serving, he expressed his support for ending Clinton’s policy of “don’t ask don’t tell,” and he is outspoken about the importance of diplomacy and economics to national security.
On January 21, 2014, Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the fields of health, wellness, and integrative medicine, will be with us. Weil is founder, professor and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. His best-selling books, website, newsletters, PBS specials, and frequent appearances on Today and The Dr. Oz Show have inspired people to lead healthier and happier lives.
Next, on February 18, 2014, Judy Smith will bring her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to Sacramento. Smith honed her skills through first-hand experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C. and as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush. Best known for her crisis management advice to a host of high profile clients, Smith’s resume helped inspire the prime-time hit drama, Scandal.
The season will end on April 1, 2014, with every cook’s favorite: Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa! Ina is a self-taught cook who, while working as an analyst in the White House, decided she needed to do something more creative—and went from gourmet food store owner/operator to best-selling cookbook author to her own Food Network tv show—and now brings her talent of creating delicious food with style to our community in Sacramento. Because of the fine quality and variety of these speakers, we again expect the series to sell out quickly. As a current subscriber YOU have the first opportunity to join us next season, before subscriptions go on sale to the public! Renew by May 10, 2013, and you:·
Keep the same seats next season--or be the first in line for upgrading or changing your seat;
· Enjoy payment options: pay in full or by payment plan;
· Can win an opportunity to meet one of our BIG NAMES.
· Enjoy payment options: pay in full or by payment plan;
· Can win an opportunity to meet one of our BIG NAMES.
We hope you’ll act by May 10 to take advantage of the subscriber renewal opportunity. I look forward to seeing you at the Speakers Series.
Mitchell S. Ostwald
Sacramento Speakers Series Rounds out This Year’s Season with the Man Who Discovered the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard on Tuesday, April 2nd
The Sacramento Speakers Series welcomed one of the world’s most accomplished and well known deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard to Sacramento as he spoke at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, April 2nd. The six-part lecture series showcases contemporary insights from some of today’s most influential figures in a candid and relaxed setting. Dr. Ballard is probably best known for his discovery of the RMS Titanic wreckage in 1985.
Dr. Ballard impressed the audience by saying that his mission is to go where no one has gone before…on planet Earth. Ballard encouraged the exploration of our oceans as he believes our planet’s future to be here on Earth, not in space. This is evident through his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos Islands in 1977, the German battleship Bismarck in 1989, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998 and the wreckage of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in 2002.
In addition to his field work, Dr. Ballard is also an educator. He is a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and has pioneered distance learning in American classrooms and around the world with the JASON Project. The JASON Project is an award-winning program that provides educational materials, courses and workshops to more than 1 million students and 25,000 teachers annually. The program is designed to motivate and inspire students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Dr. Robert Ballard’s talk is sure to inspire those in attendance through his natural storytelling ability and animated presentation skills.
For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2013-2014 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com
Paleontologist, conservationist, educator and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Louise Leakey spoke to a sold-out crowd of Sacramento Speakers Series patrons Wednesday, February 27, 2013. She spoke passionately about her work in the field as well as the future of her research.
Her team, The Koobi Fora Research Project, has made discoveries that have shaped modern thinking on the journey of humanity over the past 4 million years. One of the most publicized discoveries, Kenyanthropus platyops, challenged the earlier theories on the path of human evolution. Whether the fossil can be classified as a new genus, separate species, or unique looking individual is still up for debate.
From her earliest childhood spent among the nomadic desert people of Lake Turkana, Leakey has developed a deep attachment to the wildlife and cultural heritage of northern Kenya. Today she draws on her scientific background in human origins to work with the local communities in building a future for this region in a dramatically changing world.
Leakey co-directs the state of the art research center in the Turkana Basin where the rigorous process of search, excavation, and paleoecological and geological analysis make it one of the most comprehensive sources of information regarding the origins and evolution of humans.
Simultaneously, Dr. Leakey's work has allowed her to gain a unique perspective on the protection of the desert environment in Africa. Dr. Leakey also works with wildlife authorities to preserve the unique flora and fauna of Kenya's remotest National Park and World Heritage Site. Additionally, she is involved with various community projects near the Ethiopian border, in an effort to improve the welfare of people on the National Park boundaries.
She was recently selected to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The aims of the summit revolve around better understanding the problems and risks the world faces in the future.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Sacramento Speakers Series presented education reform advocate and StudentsFirst founder and CEO, Michelle Rhee at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, January 29th as part of this year’s lineup. The six-part lecture series showcases contemporary insights from some of today’s most influential figures. Interestingly on January 8th, speaker Thomas Friedman commented on the fact that America has lost its competitive disposition. Michelle Rhee seems to agree as she stated “we have gone completely soft” in her visit to Sacramento.
Michelle Rhee began her lecture with some light dialogue about husband and mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, but then went right into her thoughts on America’s public school systems. Rhee makes known that the current generation of children will be the first in history not to be better educated than their parents. She continues to emphasize that “there is no greater issue than what to do with our public school system.” Rhee also spoke of her time as Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools as recalling the dilemma, “How do you go about fixing a system where almost everything needs fixing?”
Rhee provided some of her strategy to transform our education system into being more effective. First and foremost, she stated that “we have to begin to honor and respect the teachers for the incredible jobs that they do.” Children are taught in schools from a variety of areas, whether it be inner city or rural, but the teachers need to be able to engage the minds of their students and effectively educate them regardless of geographic location. Children can receive “wildly different” teaching experiences, but Rhee insists that is why we have to make absolutely sure that our children are in the presence of good teachers every day.
Michelle Rhee notes that "we need to regain the competitive American spirit.” Rhee does not let the children off of the hook either, pointing out that if children want to compete for jobs when they grow up, they need to be willing to put in the time and work hard. The children will no longer be competing for jobs in their local area, but rather with people in China, India and the rest of the world. Parents can support the reform of our public schools by “being the change” in their communities and backing decisions, not based on their political agenda, but that put students first. Rhee who has two daughters of her own supports parental involvement in school systems and says “more moms should run school districts.”
The audience was given plenty of food for thought and was encouraged by Michelle Rhee and Mayor Kevin Johnson to be engaged in the community in an effort to better the Sacramento public school system.
By: Ken Tronnes
Thursday, January 17, 2013
New York Times Columnist, Thomas Friedman spoke at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, January 8th as part of our 2012-2013 series. We received great interest prior to Friedman’s appearance and we are happy to report a sold out series.
Thomas Friedman emphasized that we, America, are not what we used to be and that “average…is over.” Friedman discussed the idea that Americans have slipped into a state of complacency and no longer strive for “that little extra,” which we were once known for. He also affirmed that Americans can no longer live by the words of Woody Allen stating “90% of life is just showing up.” Friedman focuses on a need to “think like an immigrant, think like an artisan, think like a waitress at Perkins Pancake House on Highway 100 in Minneapolis” in that nothing will be handed to us and that we must take pride in the work that we do.
Friedman concluded his talk with the idea that a person’s curiosity and passion quotient are more valuable than ones’ IQ in a hyper-connected world. People need to be passionate about what they do and strive to invent, re-invent and re-engineer their job while doing it. No longer, can you expect promotions and new positions based upon length of service, but rather you need to create the situation where you have to be promoted or offered positions. Many walked away with a new look on their everyday lives and are calling Friedman the “best speaker yet.”
Next up for the Sacramento Speakers Series will be education reform advocate, Michelle Rhee. She will speak on Tuesday, January 29th at the Community Center Theater.
The event will be held at the Community Center Theater in Downtown Sacramento at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29th. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2012-2013 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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SACRAMENTO IN AWE FOLLOWING ‘LARGER THAN LIFE,’ PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
The Sacramento Speakers Series was honored to bring 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton to the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. President Clinton marks the second engagement of our 2012-2013 season and a better venue could not have been chosen to set this unique event apart from this year’s already exceptional lineup.
Immediately upon the opening of the doors, the venue was buzzing with excitement as patrons filled the hallways on the way to their seats eagerly anticipating the moment President Bill Clinton would take the stage. President Clinton’s remarks merely touched the surface of what he would later expand upon throughout an extensive question and answer session, moderated by Sacramento Speakers Series Managing Principal, Mitchell S. Ostwald. The questions asked provoked the spontaneous thoughts of the President and enabled patrons to view him in a truly candid setting.
When addressing a question relating to students interested in pursuing a career in politics, the President recommended, first and foremost, that they expose themselves to different types of people and to learn to listen and speak to them. President Clinton demonstrates this as he captured the audience with his humble approach and is ability to relate with people from all walks of life.
Linda Reed (bottom right) of Rio Americano High School
with students participating in our Share the Vision Program
We have received a great deal of attention through local media sources following President Clinton’s visit, including a video segment from Sacramento’s KCRA 3: Former President Bill Clinton speaks in Sacramento, which featured participants from the speakers series student program, Share the Vision. The speakers series remain committed to bringing the highest caliber of speakers to evoke thought in the community.
The next speaker lined up for the series will be on January 8th at 8:00 pm as New York Times Columnist; Thomas Friedman comes to the Community Center Theater. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Remember the night of December 4th, 2012 through a selection of photographs below:
For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2012-2013 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com.