2023-24 Speakers


CNN Host & President of Magic Labs Media
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 8pm

Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books. He is also a successful social entrepreneur, having founded and led thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Dream.org.


Academy Award-winning Actor
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 8pm

A two-time Academy Award-winning actor, author, producer, activist, and fitness guru, Fonda most recently starred in Grace & Frankie, Netflix’s longest-running original series. Her extraordinary career includes more than 50 films, earning her the AFI Life Achievement Award. She launched the Jane Fonda Climate PAC in 2022.


Former US Congressman, January 6th Committee
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 8pm

A six-term Republican congressman, Kinzinger was a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack. He also served on the prestigious Energy and Foreign Affairs committees, and has been critical of leaders from both parties. A US Air Force veteran, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Former Ambassador to Ukraine
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 8pm

Known for her efforts to battle corruption and defend human rights, Yovanovitch is a career diplomat who served as US Ambassador to Ukraine. An expert on Eastern European affairs, she is now fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.


Yale Professor | The Happiness Lab Podcast
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 8pm

Santos teaches the most popular course in Yale’s history, Psychology and the Good Life. An expert on the science of happiness, she shares entertaining insights on how to make wiser choices and live a happier life. She hosts the popular podcast The Happiness Lab and has won numerous science and teaching awards.


Presidential Historian
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 8pm

One of the nation’s leading presidential historians and New York Times bestselling author, Beschloss provides brilliant analysis, revealing the leadership secrets of great US presidents and other historical figures. Beschloss contributes to NBC news and PBS NewsHour, and is the most-followed historian on Twitter.


Environmentalist, Explorer and Filmmaker
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8pm

Following in the footsteps of her iconic family, Cousteau is an environmental advocate and storyteller committed to ocean conservation, biodiversity, and interconnectivity between humans and the natural world. She has directed and produced over 20 films and was a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans.

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