speakers series

Southeast Missouri State University is proud to present the University Speakers Series featuring men and women from the forefront of their respected fields. These leaders in political and social issues will offer their compelling stories to the campus community at Southeast, inspiring visionary ideas for tomorrow's leaders.

University tickets are free (unless otherwise noted) with Redhawks ID in the University Center-Center for Student Involvement (UC 204) and the Show Me Center Box Office. General public tickets are $10 (unless otherwise noted) and available at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office.

List of 2017-2018 Speakers

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Dr. Michio Kaku

The Next 20 Years: How Science Will Revolutionize Business, the Economy, Medicine, and Our Way of Life

Monday, August 21, 2017
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally recognized authority in two areas – Einstein’s unified field theory (which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete) and predicting trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life, based on the latest research in science. He has written three NY Times Best Sellers, with the latest, The Future of the Mind, hitting #1 on the NY Times, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble Best Sellers List. He appears regularly on national and international TV, and hosts numerous science TV and radio programs. Kaku’s presentation will cap a series of eclipse-related events at Southeast on August 21st. At 1:20 p.m., he will be among dignitaries on Houck Field as students, faculty, staff and visitors view the total solar eclipse.

/ Free for students, faculty, and staff with a valid Redhawks ID.
/ Free to the general public until August 18 at 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., tickets are $10.
/ Tickets are required for entry and are available at the University Center room 204, the Show Me Center Box Office, and showmecenter.biz.

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Venus Williams

An Evening with Venus Williams

Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

At age 14, Venus became a professional athlete, taking the tennis world by storm. Fiercely determined and wielding an impressive physical prowess, she spent the next decade rising to the top-ranked position and winning numerous championships, including the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and doubles at the Australian Open and French Open in addition to three Olympic Gold medals.

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Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
6:00 p.m., Show Me Center

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Hrabowski’s book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement (2015) is about his experiences with the civil rights movement and how they led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others.

/ Tickets for this event will go on sale in November 2017.
/ Follow semo.edu/mlk for the most up-to-date information.

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Laura Bush

An Evening with Laura Bush

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

As chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, former First Lady Laura Bush is passionate about access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Bush Institute prepares and empowers the next generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East, works to ensure the expansion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and engages and supports First Ladies from around the world so they can effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries.

/ Tickets for this event will go on sale December 1, 2017.

Past Speakers

John O’Leary
Byron Pitts
Van Jones & Kayleigh McEnany
Captain Scott Kelly
Mary Francis Berry
Shawn Johnson

Jeff Bauman
Fareed Zakaria
Carli Lloyd
Wes Moore
Bethany Hamilton

Chief Richard Picciotto
Anderson Cooper
Mara Liasson
Soledad O’Brien
Hill Harper
Ozzie Smith

Jillian Michaels
Blake Mycoskie
Clarence B. Jones
Nicholas Sparks
Diane Rehm

The Buried Life
General Colin Powell
Tony La Russa
John Legend
Michelle Kwan
Jeff Corwin

Lisa Ling
Michael J. Fox
Douglas Wilder
Kurt Warner
Bill Nye

Pat Buchanan & Tom Daschle
Mythbusters Build Team
Roland Martin
Cal Ripken Jr.

Aron Ralston
Newt Gingrich & Howard Dean
Chris Gardner
Mike Rowe
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Dr. Eric and Rev. Marcia Dyson

Soledad O’Brien
Tucker Carlson & Arianna Huffington
Michael Eric Dyson
Lynette Khalfani-Cox
Mike Henry