Frederick Speaker Series

About the Frederick Speaker Series

Now celebrating its fifth year, the celebrated Frederick Speaker Series aims to bring intellectually stimulating speakers and inspiring leaders to the Frederick community. World-class speakers will engage with our audiences, illuminating current events, culture, politics, and science.


Purchase the meet-and-greet option for an opportunity to meet your favorite speaker at a private reception following their presentation, for an additional $75.00 per ticket. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these receptions will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Limit of 100 meet-and-greets available per speaker. Passes will be mailed to purchaser for all online purchases.

Student & Military Discounts

Students and military receive $5 off the regular ticket price. Groups of 10 or more save 10%-20% off the regular ticket price. For further information about discounts and group sales, please contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA all-time leading scorer, bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 7:30pm 

The all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is best known for changing the face of professional basketball. A triumphant CML Leukemia cancer survivor, he became a global icon for his work off the court as an activist and bestselling author. His latest book, “Writings on the Wall,” was released in August 2016 and offers his personal perspectives on political issues facing America today. In 2012, Abdul-Jabbar was appointed a U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; today, he continues to be a force for change, engaging audiences nationwide as he details his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete and activist. Learn more


Elizabeth Smart

Abduction survivor, motivational speaker, and bestselling author

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:30pm

The 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In the years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, launching the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help stop the brutal victimization of women and children around the world. Now, she shares her incredible story, offering a lasting message about hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. Learn more


Dr. Bennet Omalu

First doctor to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 7:30pm

Portrayed by actor Will Smith in the 2015 film “Concussion,” Dr. Bennet Omalu shares his journey from humble beginnings in war-torn Nigeria to the revolutionary discovery that made him one of the biggest disrupters in the history of sports medicine. Omalu details the challenges he faced taking on the NFL to ensure that the truth — and risk — of chronic brain damage was understood, accepted, and prevented at all costs. Learn more


Bill Nye

Emmy® Award-winning scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor

Sold out! Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:30pm
Just added! Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30pm

A multi-talented engineer and author, bow tie-clad funnyman Bill Nye doesn’t mess around when it comes to science. Best known for the multi-Emmy® award-winning series “Bill Nye the Science Guy®,” he boasts a number of other award-winning shows and books to his credit. Beloved by audiences of all ages, Nye is on a mission to help people everywhere appreciate how the world works. Learn more



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