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 15, 2015  7:30 PM 

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

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight.

Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father’s trade, she was prompted by Joshua Logan to appear with her father in the 1954 Omaha Community Theatre production of The Country Girl. Her interest in acting grew after meeting Lee Strasberg in 1958 and joining the Actors Studio. Her screen debut in Tall Story (1960) marked the beginning of a highly successful and respected acting career highlighted by two Academy Awards for her performances in Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978) and five Oscar nominations for Best Actress in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), Julia (1977), Morning After, The (1986) and On Golden Pond (1981) which was the only film she made with her father.

Jane Fonda’s professional success contrasted with her personal life, often laden with scandal and controversy. Her appearance in several risqué movies (including Barbarella (1968), directed by then husband Roger Vadim, was followed by what was to become Jane Fonda’s most debated and controversial period: her espousal of anti-Establishment causes and especially her anti-war activities during the Vietnam War. Her political involvement continued with fellow activist and husband Tom Hayden in the 1970s and early 1980s.

In the 1980s Fonda began the aerobic exercise craze with the publication of the Jane Fonda’s Workout Book. Today Jane Fonda addresses many audiences on a variety of subjects including: motivation, health and wellness, business, women’s issues, achievement and perseverance.


DAVE BARRY                     Wednesday, February 11, 2014   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.


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.