Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sacramento Speakers Series 2018-2019 Lineup


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Our incredible 14th season kicks off on September 26, 2018 with one of the nation’s most respected bipartisan leaders in recent history. Leon Panetta is an American politician who has served in several public office positions, such as Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a U.S. Representative from Monterey, California.  As President Clinton’s Chief of Staff, he brought order and focus to the White House operations and policy making.  President Obama nominated Panetta for several posts that he served.  Hearing about the inner workings of the White House will be fascinating.  

Next, on November 14, 2018 we present something really entertaining, the legendary John Cleese.   Dubbed “The world’s funniest man” Cleese first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s, and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years.  But Cleese is far from your garden variety entertainer, from the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents promoting education and providing entertaining training videos.  This will surely be a night to remember.

We kick off the New Year, on January 16, 2019 with one of the foremost authorities on analyzing geo-political risk.  Ian Bremmer is a political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy and states in transition. Bremmer is most widely known for advances in political risk; referred to as the "guru" in the field by The Economist  and The Wall Street Journal and, more directly, bringing political science as a discipline to the financial markets.  He created Wall Street's first global political risk index, now the GPRI (Global Political Risk Index).   He is also the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large for TIME Magazine.

We come together on February 20, 2019 to hear and learn from someone we all know, Diane Keaton.   Diane shot to fame in the 1970’s for her performances as Annie Hall and in the Godfather trilogy.  She will explore her life and experiences, upbringing and career which will include talk about her mother, Dorothy Hall, who was her greatest inspiration, and finally, her mother’s Alzheimer’s and how that changed her priorities in life.  
On March 20, 2019, actress, author and activist, Marlee Matlin will join us.   Marlee won the Academy Award for best actress in a leading role for Children of a Lessor God.   Her autobiography, I’ll Scream Later, describes many obstacles she has faced including being deaf since she was 18 months old.  Marlee’s perseverance is an inspiration to many. Her story is sure to captivate all of us.

The thrilling season will end on April 17, 2019 with Dan Buettner.  He is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author.  While traveling the globe he discovered five places in the world dubbed “Blue Zones” where people live the longest and are healthiest.   Buettner released a book on his findings, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest.  His topics of how to live to be 100+ and Finding Happiness in the Blue Zone Ways, largely based upon his research, provides a data base approach to long life and happiness.

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