Famous Faces Among Speakers Series Lineup

July 1, 2014

Alan Alda as Hawkeye in the TV show M*A*S*H in 1975

By Khalil Williams ‘16

An actor famous for starring in a Korean War-themed TV show and a well-known film director will take the stage in  the 2014-2015 Philadelphia Speakers Series.

The series, held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, plays host to a variety of guests and discussions on topics that affect our society. Many of the speakers are leading names in a variety of fields, including journalism, science, politics and education.

One of the upcoming speakers is actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame. In addition to his acting career, which spans the course of 40 years, Alda founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science — a branch of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism designed to educate students on communicating science to the public — and is a visiting professor there.  He will present at the Speakers Series 8 p.m. Monday, September 29.

Ken Burns — who will present November 10 — is known for making renowned documentaries, such as the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge. He is currently working on a seven-episode series titled The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, scheduled for broadcast fall 2014.

Other upcoming speakers include Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister; Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senator; David Gergen, senior political analyst; David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian; and Dan Rather, broadcast journalist.

The 10th season, which concluded in May, was honored by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who presented an official tribute recognizing Widener’s role in making the city culture livelier. The series traces its history to October 5, 2004, when former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made an appearance at the event.

You can visit the Philadelphia Speakers Series page for more information, as well as to view the entire lineup and to get on the waiting list for tickets.


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