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This will be the 53nd season of the Lecture Series. This season will have 2 lectures at 2 locations as shown above:

Ticket Order Forms will be mailed out in early June; online sales now available.

Speakers and dates are:



Janine Driver: "International body language expert." Mar 9and 10, 2016

Also known as the Lyintamer her expertise is outlined in You can't lie to me. Her subjects of study have been varied and include the iconic and revered Muppets!

You say more than you think









Nicholas Sparks: "Best selling author" April 13 and 14 2016

Well known for Message in a Bottle,  The Notebook and  The Longest Ride among others. 10 of his 18 books have been made into movies. His success has spawned a very active charity organization: In 2011, Nicholas and his wife launched the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of Nicholas and Catherine Sparks, more than $10 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because Nicholas and Catherine Sparks cover all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

An Evening/Morning with Nicholas Sparks


Completed series lectures


Steve Hartman: Reporter CBS "On the Road Series."Oct 14 and 15, 2015.

Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998. Hartman brings viewers moving stories from the unique people he encounters and the special places he visits as he travels around the country for his weekly feature "On the Road" which airs Fridays on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley". "On the Road" is modeled after the long-running, legendary series of the same name which was originally reported by one of America's greatest TV storytellers, the late newsman Charles Kuralt.

See Stories from across the world

On the Road: Exploring the Human Spirit


See his 5 top stories from 2014. 2 from Ohio: one with a local interest.


Cpt. Mark Kelly: "One of twin NASA astronauts." Nov 11and 12 2015.

Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, U.S. Navy Captain and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War.  

He flew his first of four space shuttle missions in 2001 aboard Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.  He is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Mark Kelly is one of our country’s most experienced pilots.  

Endeavor to Succeed




For all past speakers, see attached "Town Hall Speakers Through the Years"






Speakers from 2014-2015.


Sean Casey

Sean Casey: My Life in Baseball. Oct 8 & 9, 2014

Sean Casey, nicknamed "The Mayor" is the former Major League first baseman who played for the Cincinnati Reds, and also the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox. He is currently a broadcaster and commentator for the MLB Network. During his tenure in Cincinnati and later in Pittsburgh and Detroit he was regarded as approachable and friendly and thus received his nickname, "The Mayor" , which came from his reputation for chatting casually with every runner who made it to first base and also for his very public charity work. On May16th, 2007, Casey was voted "the friendliest player in baseball" by fellow players in a Sports Illustrated poll. He has made sports news for his charitable work almost as often as for his field work. He has been active in Big Brother and Make a Wish Foundation as well as the "Casey's Crew" program providing free high priced tickets to disadvantaged youth.



Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer :An Evening of Laughter Nov. 12 & 13, 2014

Carol Leifer is a brilliant comedian who has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. She won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for "Modern Family"  and she is a four time Emmy nominee for her work on shows such as " Seinfeld", "Saturday Night Live" and "The Larry Sanders Show". She has starred in stand-up comedy specials on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, including opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Frank Sinatra who praised Ms Leifer as "one funny broad!" and "I wish my mother had been that funny -I wouldn't have had to work so hard". She continues working the stand-up circuit and is a writer and co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom, "Rules of Engagement". Her latest book, "How to Succeeed in Business Without Really Crying", released in April 2014, is a hilarious collection of essays charting her journey through show business. She will hold a book signing post lecture.




Dr Eben Alexander III: Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon's Journey thru the Afterlife. March 11 & 12, 2015

Dr Alexander is the author of the NY Times best seller, "Proof of Heaven". As an academic neurosurgeon  for 25 years including 15 years at Bringham & Women's and Children's Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston, he thought he knew all about the brain and human awareness. However, in 2008 he was driven into a coma by an unknown cause. After a week, with prospects for survival diminishing rapidly, he unexpectedly came back to consciousness. Memories of his life were gone and had been replaced with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. Dr Alexander's story offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness. In analyzing his experience, including the scientific possibilities and grand implications, he envisions a more complete reconcilliation of modern science and spirituality as a natural product. He will hold a book signing post lecture.




Clint Van Zandt: The Face of 21st Century Terrorism. April 8 & 9, 2015

Former FBI hostage negotiator and profiler, Clint Van Zandt, takes us deep into the mind and motivation of criminals and terrorists, from 11th century assassins, thru kamikazi pilots, and street criminals, to the terrorists of today. In his 25 years at the FBI, he served as supervisor with the agency's internationally respected Behavioral Science Unit  and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. He personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas, negotiated release of hostages held by prison rioters and kidnap victims held by South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. He correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and led the analytical team that helped to identify the "Unabomber". As a television and radio commentator, Van Zandt has made more appearances than any other FBI agent in history. His presentations are at times humorous. He brings his audiences valuable insights in better understanding human behaviour.



Speakers from 2013-2014.





Michael Feinstein: A Morning/Evening with Michael Feinstein. April 9& 10, 2014

 We close with our 51st season with pianist Michael Feinstein. Get ready to tap your toes and sing along as the "Ambassador of Song" joins us for a morning/evening of great music. Mr. Feinstein's international popularity is built around his graceful and moving interpretation of popular standards by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Ira Gershwin among others. Passionate about preserving the Great American Classics for future generations, he has produced "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" specials on PBS which, for the past three years, have highlighted various forms of music popular through the ages: show tunes, jazz, big bands, movie musicals, and more.





John McPherson:Humor, a Powerful Form of Communication. March 12 & 13, 2014

John McPherson's cartoons are fresh, fun, humorous, intelligent, and above all they are too close to home! He is the creator of the comic panel "Close to Home" which appears in over 700 papers around the globe. A talented speaker and presenter McPherson loves to talk about his life as a cartoonist and where he finds his humor. His presentations are informative and engaging with a great deal of audience participation.In 2004, McPherson was awarded a lifetime achievement award by his alma mater, Bucknell University. He has published numerous collections of his cartoons as well as page-a-day calendars and has illustrated many books. Note: MacPherson will have his books for sale and signing




Mara Liasson: The Changing Face of American Politics. November 13 & 14, 2013

Mara Liasson can be heard regularly on National Public Radio (WVXU locally) providing political commentary on the award winning news magazines "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition". As the national political correspondent  for NPR, Liasson has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in five presidential and many congressional races. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all  eight years of the Clinton administration. Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a degree in American History. She received the White House  Correspondents Association Merriman Smith award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and 1997.





Robert Ballard:Exploring the Wonders of the Deep Sea. October 9 & 10, 2013

 An accomplished deep-sea explorer, Dr Robert Ballard is perhaps best known for his discoveries of the shipwrecks Titanic and Bismark as well as the natural wonders of the hydrothermal vents. He has conducted over 120 deep sea explorations using the latest in exploration technolgy and he is a pioneer in the use of deep-diving submarines. Most recently he explored the Black, Aegean, and Mediteranean Seas onboard the E/V Nautilus, mapping the geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical aspects of those regions to depths of about 2000 meters. During the expedition, he posted his discoveries live on the web via tele-presence technology, putting the unexplored ocean directly in his viewers hands.


Past Speakers 2012-2013.


Laura Ling: "Journey of Hope" April 24th and 25th

Laura Ling is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, which explores topics such as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses.Prior to joining the E! Network Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series Vanguard.  Ling also worked as a correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey.In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States.  She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world. Ling has also worked as a series producer for Channel One News where she produced reports from around the globe.  Ling co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001.  Her work has also appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, PBS, and the WB. 

Ling is co-author with her sister Lisa of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.



Louis Freeh My FBI experiences. March 13th and 14th, 2013

FBI Director(1993-2001) Louis Freeh has a lifelong dedication to protect the U.S. citizens with investigations, justice, and strong ethics. Mt Freeh, a lawyer,was a FBI Secial Agent, an Assist. U.S. Attorney, and a District Judge in the 1980's. Notoriety within his field heightened with his work  to convict 16 of 17 organized crime defendants in the famous Pizza Connection case. While at the FBI's helm, Mr Freeh oversaw notable cases such as TWA Flight 800, Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing and many others. His post-FBI experience has included corporate legal and ethics work, with emphasis on corporate financial disclosure.




 Thane Maynard: Hope for Animals and Their World. November 14th anf 15th, 2012

Author and wildlife expert Thane Maynard is the director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and a conservation advocate.Mr Maynard hosts The 90 second Naturalist on Cincinnati's WGUC and othe NPR radio stations. Often appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, and various morning TV shows, Mr Maynard's passion is the study of endangered species. He will share some success stories to provide us with hope, while much of the world's animal kingdom news is bleak. His 2009 book, Hope for Animals &Their World, was co-authored with Jane Goodall




Jamie Farr: A Conversation with Jamie Farr. October 10th and 11th.

We are very pleased to have found a comparable substitute in the person of Jamie Farr, well known actor of stage and screen, best known and beloved for his role of Klinger on M*A*S*H*.  His iconic cross-dressing and suppport of the Toledo Mudhens were staples of this comedy show. He also had success in other TV shows, films, and theater, as well as supporting women's golf through the Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic.





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