Earlier this month, my husband and I attended the first event of the 2013-2014 season of the Boston Speaker Series run by Lesley University. Exposure to a range of distinguished speakers—from authors to business leaders to political figures to historians—attracted us to subscribe. We started our evening with dinner outdoors at Gaslight, the French brasserie in the South End, before heading to Symphony Hall, home to the Speaker Series.
Opening the season was Bill Bryson who wrote A Walk in the Woods among other international bestsellers. Although I had not read any of his books, Bryson was terrific… so engaging and entertaining. In fact, he was laugh out loud funny. In addition to Bryson, this year’s line up includes: George Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece; Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer; Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate; Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Ambassador to China and Singapore, as well as former Governor of Utah; and Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.
Each lecture, in which the speakers share anecdotal, behind the scenes stories about their experiences, is followed by a question and answer period. It’s a rare opportunity for personal interaction with these influential figures.
The series is sold out for this season; the impressive cast of speakers and compelling content has led to a 90% subscription renewal rate. But you can get on the priority wait list for preferential access to next season by registering on the Boston Speaker Series website.
I’m looking forward to the next event (October 16) with the former Prime Minister of Greece and I’m excited to experience and learn from these interesting, captivating speakers in Boston.