Not every speaker series can boast a former Prime Minister, Secretary of State and a former U.S. Senator, but The Boston Speaker Series sure can. It’s no wonder it’s already sold out! This annual series offers 7 evenings of cultural enlightenment at the Boston Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue). Previous speakers have included Pulitzer Prize winners, world leaders, authors and other celebrities.
We recommend getting on the priority waiting list for the 2015-2016 Series. Tickets are only sold as an entire series, not one-off lectures and ticket prices start at $285 per person. If you’ve ever had the desire to want to head back to school (minus the hefty price tag) the Boston Speaker series is an enriching opportunity, offering a chance to listen to the thoughts, opinions and knowledge from a host of individuals who have helped shape our world on the global stage!

The speaker series is hosted by Lesley University and the 2014-2015 speakers include:

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright on September 17, 2014
  • Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on October 22, 2014
  • Award Winning documentarian Ken Burns on November 12, 2014
  • Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe on January 21, 2015
  • David Gergen Senior Political analyst on February 11, 2015
  • Ishmael Beach, former child soldier on March 18, 2015
  • Dan Rather, journalist, on April 22, 2015

Moderated by a lecturer, there is the opportunity during the lecture to submit questions that will be answered by the speakers. After the event, you’ll have a lot to discuss; luckily Boston Symphony Hall is located near a host of great restaurants with cuisines from all over the world (fitting since you would’ve just wrapped up an evening listening to political leaders discuss the world stage). Craving Thai? Head to Pho & I (267 Huntington Ave.) or Lucy Ethiopian Café (334 Massachusetts Ave.) for legit Ethiopian.