Frederick Speaker Series



The 2015 Frederick Speaker Series will again serve as a prism for new ideas, as we invite the best and the brightest minds to take center stage in our 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 join the Speaker in a private reception (limit of 100 to be sold) for an additional $75.00 per ticket.  The Meet & Greet Receptions will follow each presentation.


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JANE FONDA                               Friday, January 16, 2015  7:30 PM 

Oscar®-winning actress, New York Times best-selling author, activist, fitness expert

Jane Fonda’s work on stage and screen has earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars for Best Actress in Klute (1971) and Best Actress in Coming Home (1978), and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker.

Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout in 1982 then followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books–selling 17 million copies all together. In May 2005, Random House published Fonda’s memoir, My Life So Far, which immediately went to #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. That same spring, Monster-in-Law, her first film in 15 years, also became the #1 box office hit making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have a #1 book and #1 movie.

Fonda is the founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential and the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Emory University School of Medicine. Fonda also sits on the boards of Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women’s Media Center (which she co-founded in 2004), and V-Day. A former UN Goodwill Ambassador, she is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects including: motivation, health and wellness, business, women’s issues, achievement and perseverance.


DAVE BARRY                     Wednesday, February 11, 2015   7:30 PM

Humorist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.

For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.

Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written books with titles like I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, which are classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies. Two of Barry’s books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave’s World, which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations.

Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog that is determined to urinate on every square inch of North America.


GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL                     Wednesday, March 11, 2015   7:30 PM  

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan and Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs 

A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.

A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as he can.

The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and trained at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was later commissioned as an infantry officer and spent much of his career commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian Gulf War, McChrystal served on a Joint Special Operations Task Force and commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.


DR. MICHIO KAKU                                   Wednesday, April 15, 2015   7:30 PM

Theoretical Physicist, Professor, Futurist and New York Times Best-selling Author

Co-founder of string field theory Dr. Michio Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. One of the most widely recognized physicists and futurists in the world today, he has written three New York Times best-sellers, including his latest, The Future of the Mind, which hit #1 on the New York Times, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble best-sellers lists, making it the #1 hardcover, non-fiction book in the country.

He has appeared on television shows such as Larry King Live, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Conan O’Brian and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also appeared on numerous science specials, including PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey and Einstein Revealed. His Facebook site has 1.8 million fans, and over 240,000 people regularly receive his tweets.

Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, where he has been a faculty member for almost 30 years. He has also taught at Princeton and Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude and first in his physics class from Harvard in 1968. Kaku received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley in 1972.