September 15, 2016
Downton Abbey - A Celebration
Jessica is best know for her work as author of five official companion books to a certain television show: Downton Abbey A Celebration, The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey, A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey (2014), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012) and The World of Downton Abbey (2011). The first two hit The Sunday Times & New York Times best seller lists. Ms. Fellowes has also done in-depth research into the social history of the early 20th century, particularly the changes that women were experiencing then and the correlation between the great leaps in technology that were happening 100 years ago and how similar it feels today. She discusses real life inspirations and the historical significance of the series.
October 20, 2016
Making Money with Charles Payne
Mr. Payne is a Fox Business Network contributor and host of Making Money with Charles Payne. He was formerly co-host of Varney & Co. Payne is also a contributor to Fox News Channel, frequently appearing on such shows as Cashin’ In, Cavuto on Business and Bulls and Bears. In addition to his work with Fox, Payne hosts his own daily syndicated radio talk show. He is the Chief Executive officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Inc., (WSSI) which he founded in 1991. WSSI provides information to over 120,000 registered subscribers in more than 60 countries as well as several of the largest bank/brokerage firms. In 2007 he authored Act Fast, Be Smart and Get Rich.
November 17, 2016
Memories of My Grandfather, Growing Up with Churchill
Celia Sandys, grandaughter of Sir Winston Churchill has published five books on various aspects of his life. These combine intensive historical research with personal anecdotes recalled from time spent with him in England and abroad. Her most recent book, We shall Not Fail - The Inspiring Leadership of Winston Churchill, describes the principles of leadership which enabled Winston Churchill to lead his country and the rest of the free world to victory in World War II. Another of her books, Chasing Churchill, is the basis for a documentary which aired on PBS and the Discovery Channel. She is in great demand as a speaker and will both educate and enthrall audiences with her knowledge and historical pictures.
February 16, 2017
A Morning With Peggy Noonan
Widely admired columnist for the Wall Street Journal & best selling author of eight books on American history and culture. Noonan was a special assistant to George H.W. Bush and a former producer for CBS News. The National Journal dubbed her political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year and Forbes magazine called her “principled, perceptive, persuasive and patriotic”. She was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986 and wrote many of his well known speeches.This lecture will provide the audience an inside to the Washington political scene and a glimpse of what to expect from the newly elected president and Congress.
March 16, 2017
China, Inc., The Graying of the World & Friendship
Ted C. Fishman’s bestselling book China, Inc. How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World has helped describe for the world the effects of China’s momentous change on the lives and businesses everywhere. He is also the author of Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World’s Population & How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival & Nation Against Nation. His writing is noted for taking seemingly vastly complex topics and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audience. Fishman is particularly interested in how big global economic trends bear on people’s everyday experience. He is presently working on a new book on the value of friendship and its significance with smaller famillies and a shrinking world.
April 20, 2017
Syria and the Middle East
Dr. Landis is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He writes “Syria Comment” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts over 100,000 readers a month. He travels to Washington D.C. to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. Most recently he has spoken at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Brookings Institute, USIP, Middle East Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was educated at Swarthmaore (BA), Harvard (MA), & Princton (PhD). He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic and French fluently. He is recognized as the USA’s foremost expert on Syria.