Celebrity Forum Season of Stars
Presenting the 49th Annual 2016 – 2017 Celebrity Forum

Speakers' Line-up & Bios for the 2016 – 2017 Season
Celebrity Forum I (Friday) ) & II (Thursday)

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George Takei
George Takei
Oct. 13, 14
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, he will talk about his youth in a Japanese-American Internment Camp, the difficulty coming out as gay and then becoming one of the leading figures in the fight for social justice. He will also talk about his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise.
 
 
Brian Greene
Brian Greene
Nov. 17, 18
String theorist and author of The Elegant Universe, he is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. The Washington Post described him as, "The single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today."
 
 
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Jan. 19, 20
He dominated late-night television ratings for more than two decades on "The Tonight Show." He continues to do over 200 shows a year. He is not only a car builder and collector, but also a mechanic. His show will be one hour in length, and he will then answer questions from the audience.
 
 
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria**
Feb. 28, March 1 (Note Days: Tuesday and Wednesday)
Back by popular demand, he impresses people with his humor, his wit and his knowledge of history and international relations.  He is the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.
 
 
Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard
April 6, 7
In 2013, she was elected as the first woman Prime Minister of Australia. She was central to the successful management of Australia's economy as well as national and foreign policies. Forbes magazine listed her among the "World's Most Powerful Women."
 
 
Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom
April 27, 28
He is a best-selling author, sports journalist, screenwriter and musician. He sold millions of copies of “Tuesdays with Morrie.” He thinks everyone has talent and tonight, through storytelling, piano playing and even some singing, he will show how a passion for one gift can often lead to discovery of another.
 
 
Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly
May 18, 19
As a veteran astronaut, he was selected for a special yearlong mission to the international Space Station.  His twin brother, Mark Kelly, also an astronaut and married to Gabby Giffords, remained on earth to serve in the research of the comparative stress of being in space.
 
• Deadline for Thursday and Friday subscribers is May 4.
• Deadline for Wednesday subscribers is May 18.
**For Thursday series, Dr. Fareed Zakaria appears on Tuesday, Feb. 28
and for Friday series, on Wednesday, March 1