Past speakers

  • Jane Goodall:  April 13, 2000
  • Maya Angelou:  May 10, 2000
  • Toni Morrison:  August 25, 2000
  • Anna Deavere Smith:  March 6, 2001
  • Alice Walker: October 5, 2001
  • Dr. Cornel West:  October 18, 2002
  • David Malouf:  November 6, 2002
  • Sherman Alexie:  February 20, 2002
  • Dr. Richard Leakey:  April 10, 2002
  • Nina Totenberg:  October 2, 2003
  • Eric Schlosser:  November 13, 2003
  • Walter Mosley:  February 6, 2003
  • Alma Guillermoprieto:  April 10, 2003
  • Edward James Olmos:  December 2, 2004
  • Bell Hooks:  February 10, 2004
  • John Waters:  March 2, 2004
  • Angela Davis:  April 3, 2004
  • Tony Kushner:  April 15, 2005
  • Naomi Wolf:  October 19, 2005
  • Art Spiegelman:  November 30, 2005
  • Barry Scheck:  October 5, 2006
  • David Wild:  December 7, 2006
  • Nikki Giovanni:  March 16, 2006
  • Robert Kennedy Jr.:  May 4,2006
  • Dr.Henry Louis Gates:  February 9, 2006
  • Amy Goodman:  March 29, 2007
  • Julie Chavez Rodriguez:  October 10, 2007
  • John Bul Dau:  November 14, 2007
  • Ed Begley Jr. February:  29, 2008
  • Adrienne Rich:  April 22, 2008 (canceled)
  • Frank Warren:  October 2, 2008
  • Danny Glover:  November 7, 2008
  • Saul Williams:  February 25, 2009
  • Jonathan Kozol:  March 9, 2009
  • Ira Glass:  October 24, 2009
  • Edwidge Danticat:  November 23, 2009
  • Juan Williams:  April 6, 2010
  • Michael Pollan:  Fall 2010
  • Terry McMillan:  February 23, 2011
  • Morgan Spurlock:  October 19, 2011
  • Jerry Greenfield:  April 17, 2011
  • Firoozeh Dumas:  September 26, 2012
  • Aaron McGruder:  February 19, 2013
  • Jose Antonio Vargas:  November 7, 2013
  • Bill Nye:  February 10, 2014
  • Sherman Alexie:  September 23, 2014
  • Aisha Tyler:  February 20, 2015
  • David Simon:  April 21, 2015
  • LeVar Burton: February 24, 2016
  • Raoul Peck: October 26, 2017
  • Carly Fiorina: April 12, 2017
  • Roxanne Gay: October 25, 2018
  • Diane Guerrero: May 1, 2019