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Stevenson University Presents Baltimore Speaker Series

Stevenson University Presents

Baltimore Speakers Series

Join the Stevenson University community for the Baltimore Speakers Series, held at at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, to experience the ultimate in cultural engagement -- seven evenings of diverse opinions, profound insights, and fascinating discussion on a broad range of issues. Each year, a variety of speakers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, world leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors, and other celebrated personalities, visit Baltimore to enlighten and inspire their audiences. Come experience a season of provocative and captivating speakers amidst the grand ambiance of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. You will be charmed, challenged, and entertained. 

Subscriptions to this season of the Baltimore Speakers Series have been sold out.

  • Upcoming Speakers

    Upcoming Speakers

    The opening night for the 2018-2019 Baltimore Speakers Series is October 2, 2018. Like past years, you'll have the opportunity to see and listen to many distinguished speakers from across the globe. This season's speakers are as follows: 

    James Comey

    James Comey
    October 2, 2018

    Comey was appointed Deputy U.S. Attorney General by President George W. Bush. Appointed FBI Director in 2013 by President Obama, he served until 2017 when fired by President Trump amidst political storms regarding the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Lisa Genova

    Lisa Genova
    October 23, 2018

    A neuroscientist who received her Ph.D. from Harvard, Genova talks about the human brain and neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's, and what we can do to prevent them. She has written several books, including the best-selling novel Still Alice, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

    Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem
    January 15, 2019 

    Steinem is a nationally recognized icon of the women's liberation movement. A journalist and political activist, she was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972. Steinem has co-founded many organizations to advocate for women’s issues, including the Women's Media Center.

    Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush 
    January 29, 2019 

    Florida’s first ever two-term Republican governor, Bush served in that position from 1999-2007. In 2016, he was candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Bush serves as Chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national nonprofit organization he founded to transform education in America.

    Ian Bremmer

    Ian Bremmer
    March 5, 2019 

    Founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research firm, Bremmer provides analysis and expertise to diplomats and heads of state on how political developments and national security dynamics impact financial markets across the globe. He is regularly seen on CNN and the BBC, and is a foreign affairs columnist for Time.

    Bryan Stevenson

    Bryan Stevenson
    March 26, 2019

    As founder of the Equal Justice Initative, Stevenson has challenged bias in the criminal justice system and helped achieve court decisions that prohibit sentencing children to death or life imprisonment without parole. His memoir, Just Mercy, was on Time magazine's "10 Best Books of Nonfiction."

    Jay Leno

    Jay Leno
    April 23, 2019 

    After performing stand-up comedy for years, Leno became host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after Johnny Carson’s retirement in 1992. Leno dominated the late night TV ratings for more than two decades. He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show in 2014. He currently hosts Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC.

  • How to Sponsor

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    How to Sponsor

    Become a Sponsor of the Stevenson University Baltimore Speakers Series and gain exclusive access to some of the most interesting people in the world.

    Stevenson University is proud to present the Baltimore Speakers Series at the Joseph A. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Baltimore Speakers Series is an outstanding opportunity for the Greater Baltimore community to benefit from the unique perspectives of distinguished world leaders, journalists, authors, filmmakers and other influential individuals.

    We encourage you to partner with Stevenson as a sponsor of this powerful series. All levels of sponsorship include recognition in our Baltimore Speakers Series program book which is distributed at each lecture throughout the year. Some levels of sponsorship also offer opportunities to meet speakers at intimate dinners before the lectures or at private receptions following the events.

    Become a Sponsor

    To learn more about the benefits of sponsorship to you or your organization,
    contact Sue Kenney, Vice President and Chief of Staff, at 443.334.2547 or .

    Sponsorship Quick Facts |  Sponsorship Opportunities


    Thank you to our current partners

    Murthy Law Firm            LifeBridge Health

  • Past Speakers

    Past Speakers

    Since 2006, Stevenson University has sponsored the Baltimore Speakers Series. Over the years, the event has brought many national and international political, social, scientific, literary, and thought leaders to the Greater Baltimore Community. See the event's past speakers below:


    • David Cameron
    • Jon Meacham
    • Jane Pauley
    • Robin Wright
    • Rick Steves
    • Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords
    • Paul Nicklen 


    • Justice Stephen Breyer
    • Ehud Barak
    • Rita Moreno
    • John Cleese
    • Martin Dempsey
    • Ted Koppel
    • Michelle Norris, Jason Riley, and Morris Dees 


    • Leon Panetta
    • Sanjay Gupta
    • Michio Kaku
    • Diana Nyad
    • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • John Irving
    • Dennis Ross 


    • Alan Alda
    • Julia Gillard
    • Ken Burns
    • Olympia Snowe
    • David Gergen
    • David McCullough
    • Dan Rather 


    • Bill Bryson
    • George Papandreou
    • Robert Gates
    • Steve Wozniak
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
    • Dave Barry 


    • President Bill Clinton
    • Jeanette Walls
    • Lisa Ling
    • P.W. Singer
    • Erskine Bowles
    • Vincente Fox
    • Nando Parrado 


    • Ron Chernow
    • Michelle Rhee
    • Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson
    • Michael Pollan
    • Azar Nafisi
    • Stanley McChrystal
    • Tom Brokaw 


    • Thomas Friedman
    • Elizabeth Gilbert 
    • Frank Abagnale
    • Peggy Noonan 
    • F.W. de Klerk
    • Mark Shields 
    • Karl Rove and Howard Dean


    • Pervez Musharraf
    • Jean-Michel Cousteau
    • Laura Bush
    • Robert Reich
    • Mia Farrow
    • David Brooks
    • Greg Mortenson


    • Steve Forbes
    • Paul Rusesabagina
    • Garrison Keillor
    • Bob Woodward 
    • Anna Quindlen 
    • Jane Goodall
    • David McCullough 


    • Robert Ballard 
    • Ben Carson
    • Cokie Roberts 
    • Madeleine Albright 
    • Salman Rushdie 
    • Frank McCourt
    • The Capitol Steps 


    • Amy Tan
    • James Lovell 
    • Colin Powell
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Michael Medved
    • Robert F. Kenendy, Jr.
    • Beck Weathers



  • Subscriptions

    We appreciate your interest in the Baltimore Speakers Series, but we're sorry to say that the series is already sold out for the 2018-2019 Season. Please join our Early Notification List to be among the first to know when tickets for the 2019-2020 Season go on sale in March 2019.

    Subscription Pricing

    Prices are for tickets to all seven lectures on the Series. It is not possible to purchase tickets to individual lectures.

    $315 – Open Seating Subscriptions
    $405 – Gold Seating Subscriptions
    $455 – Platinum Seating Subscriptions
    Postage & Handling Fee $10 per seat.

    Please note that all sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Speakers are subject to substitution or rescheduling.

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