Monty Python Co-Founder John Cleese, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Highlight Baltimore Speakers Series 2016-2017 Lineup

March 29, 2016 7 AM

On Tuesday, March 22, the Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University announced the speakers for its 2016-17 season.

The series will open Sept. 27 with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, followed by former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak on Oct. 25. Additional speakers include Academy-award-winning actress, Rita Moreno (Nov. 15); Monty Python co-founder, John Cleese (Jan. 17, 2017); former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey (Feb. 21, 2017); and broadcast journalist, Ted Koppel (March 21, 2017). A panel discussion on Racism & Reconciliation in America with former NPR host Michele Norris; Wall Street Journal columnist and author, Jason Riley; and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center will close the season on April 25, 2017.

Marking its 13th season this fall, the series offers seven evenings of diverse opinions and world perspectives on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

“We are very excited about next season’s outstanding line-up,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., president of Stevenson University. “Drawn from backgrounds as diverse as the Supreme Court, national defense, entertainment and comedy, journalism, and social advocacy, this array of speakers will certainly expand our worldviews and spark ongoing discussions for our audiences.”

Presented by Stevenson University, the Baltimore Speakers Series is sponsored by WYPR and the Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore Speakers Series is sold by series subscription only. Subscription pricing ranges from $285 to $425. (Prices are for tickets to all seven lectures.) For subscriptions or information as well as full bios on each speaker, visit