Lesley University proudly presents the Boston Speakers Series, an outstanding opportunity for our community—and Greater Boston—to benefit from the perspectives of national and world leaders, authors, activists, historians, humanitarians, and other influential individuals.

As we deepen our century-long tradition of service to others, we seek to build knowledge and engage the community in meaningful discussion. The Boston Speakers Series is an extension of our mission to educate others, shape the future of bold ideas, and expand our global outreach.

2017-2018 Speakers

  • David Cameron - October 11, 2017

    Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)
    The youngest U.K. Prime Minister in two centuries, Cameron came to power in 2010 at a moment of economic crisis and led a transformation of the U.K.’s economy. As its leader for more than a decade, he successfully remodeled the Conservative Party with a modern compassionate agenda. Cameron resigned in 2016 following the U.K. vote to leave the European Union.

    Read the professor's prologue to Mr. Cameron's talk written by Ronald Lamothe, associate professor at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Read coverage of the event.

  • Jon Meacham - November 1, 2017

    ­Pulitzer Prize-Winning Presidential Historian
    Meacham won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson. He has also profiled Thomas Jefferson and, most recently, George H. W. Bush in a body of work that spans from the Founding Fathers to the Civil Rights Era. A former editor-in-chief of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Time magazine, he now serves as the executive editor at Random House.

    Read the professor's prologue to Mr. Meacham's talk written by Tatiana Cruz, assistant professor at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    Read coverage of the event. 

  • Cokie Roberts - November 29, 2017

    Journalist and Author
    After serving as a congressional correspondent for more than 10 years, Roberts is best known for her role as a senior news analyst for NPR. She is also a regular roundtable analyst on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and a political commentator for ABC News. Roberts has written a number of bestsellers, some exploring women's roles throughout history.

  • Robin Wright - January 31, 2018

    Middle-East Expert, Award-Winning Journalist and Author
    Currently a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Wright has received numerous awards for her reporting for The New Yorker and other publications. Of her many books on the Middle East, her most recent, Rock the Casbah, was deemed the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club.

  • Rick Steves - February 28, 2018

    Author, Television Host, and European Travel Guide
    In addition to authoring numerous European travel guides, Steves is the host of the public television series Rick Steves' Europe and a public radio show called Travel with Rick Steves. He advocates independent travel, encouraging Americans to become "temporary locals" and visit cozy villages away from popular tourist routes, in addition to seeing the major cities.

  • Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords - March 28, 2018

    ­Astronaut and Former Congresswoman
    A Gulf War naval aviator, Kelly became a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996. In total, he flew four space missions, including commanding the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Kelly will be joined briefly by Giffords, his wife and the former congresswoman from Arizona who was the target of an attempted assassination in 2011.

  • Paul Nicklen - May 2, 2018

    Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer
    An award-winning National Geographic photographer, Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of the changing polar regions as the result of climate change. He works as an interpreter and translator of what scientists say about environmental challenges. Nicklen grew up among the Inuits and developed a life-long interest in wildlife and the environment in which they live.

Past Speakers

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are sold by series subscription only; prices range from $295 to $515 per subscription for all 7 lectures. Contact the Boston Symphony Hall ticket office as soon as possible to order your tickets.

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Renee Aisenberg
Lesley University / Office of Advancement

“We aim to bring the foundation of a Lesley University education to the broader community by presenting speakers who will stimulate our thinking, encourage us to ask new questions, and nurture our passion for lifelong learning.”
Jeff A. Weiss, President, Lesley University