Speakers

Joe Biden

Former Vice President of the United States

As a senator from Delaware for 36 years, Biden was a leading architect of domestic policy on some of the most pressing issues facing the country.  Then-Senator Biden served as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, and was a preeminent voice on criminal justice issues, including authoring both the landmark 1994 Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act.…

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Bill Nye

The Science Guy

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye’s fascination with how things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he headed for Seattle and worked as an engineer at Boeing. His…

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Ted Koppel

Broadcast Journalist and Best-Selling Author

During the more than 50 years that he has worked as a professional journalist, Ted Koppel has embodied the term “eye-witness to history.”  He covered John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963 and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964.  He reported on Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. As an ABC News war correspondent, he covered a succession…

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Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard, the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, is the first woman to serve in that role.  Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia in 2010 and served until 2013. Her nation- changing policies put her on Forbes list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women” in 2012 and 2013. As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister,…

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Rick Steves

Author, Television Host & Travel Guru

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves’ Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals.”  He encourages American travelers to connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay. Rick is outspoken…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Superstar, Author & Medal of Freedom Recipient

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons. His list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the most awesome in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP,…

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