Since our inaugural season 6 years ago, we have brought the world’s best, brightest and most influential personalities to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We have developed a trusted relationship with you and your fellow subscribers that we deeply appreciate. We know how much you value and look forward to your evenings with our speakers – the live intellectual entertainment, the engaging Q&A’s, and the memories shared with fellow subscribers... many of which you’ll never forget.

Like all of you, we have watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, holding on to the possibility that circumstances would improve to allow the Speakers Series 2020-21 Season to proceed in some form. Regrettably, given continued uncertainty as to when we can safely welcome back a full hall of subscribers, we are sad to share that
we are rescheduling the entire 2020-21 Season into the 2021-22 Season.

We intend to present the remaining postponed 2019-20 lecture between May and August 2021. Please continue to hold onto your tickets. Information regarding 2020-21 subscriptions has been emailed to the subscriber of record.

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2020-21 Speakers



Award-Winning Photographer
Thursday, October 8, 2020 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Platon’s portraits of world leaders have been featured on over 25 Time magazine covers. A genius behind the camera, he is also a master storyteller who shares behind-the-camera tales from his experiences with some of the world’s most iconic personalities, such as Vladimir Putin, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Muammar Gaddafi.

John Bolton


National Security Advisor (2018–2019)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Known for favoring a strong U.S. foreign and defense policy, Bolton served as the National Security Advisor to President Trump from 2018 to 2019. He was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 by President George W. Bush.

Tarana Burke


Original Me Too Movement Founder
Thursday, December 3, 2020 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Long before the hashtag #MeToo went viral with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Burke was the one who coined the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault. A civil rights activist from the Bronx, she was honored as one of The Silence Breakers named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year.

Walter Isaacson


American Historian
Thursday, January 14, 2021 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Isaacson’s biographical works have focused heavily on genius, including Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs. A Professor of History at Tulane University, he is the former CEO of the Aspen Institute and has been chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine.

Jamie Metzl


Genetic Engineering Expert & Author
Thursday, February 25, 2021 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Metzl’s latest book, Hacking Darwin, explores the future of our species as scientists turn science fiction into reality with the genetic engineering revolution. A technology and healthcare futurist, Metzl was appointed to the WHO’s advisory committee on global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.

Theresa May


Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016–2019)
March 18, 2021
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, only the second woman in British history to hold that position. Mrs. May became Prime Minster after the historic Brexit referendum and shares unique insight about how politics, technology and business intersect at a time of profound global change.

Bill Nye


The Science Guy
Thursday, April 29, 2021 8pm
Postponed - Rescheduled Date TBD

Widely known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye is a television personality, best-selling author, and CEO of The Planetary Society. True to his personal mission, he helps foster a scientifically literate society, using his infectious blend of curiosity and humor to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

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