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 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 noted) and available at and the Show Me Center Box Office

List of 2014-2015 Speakers

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Richard Picciotto

Last Man Down

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11:30 a.m., Academic Hall Auditorium

The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse and the last fireman to escape the devastation, Richard Picciotto was on a stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors of the North Tower when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. He is a true American hero, a man who gave nearly everything for others during one of our nation's darkest hours.

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Anderson Cooper

A 360° Look at World Events

Sunday, September 21, 2014
3 p.m., Show Me Center

Anderson Cooper, the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” keeps politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations. Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene.

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Mara Liasson

Let’sTalk Politics

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

National political correspondent Mara Liasson’s reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C. – focusing on the White House and Congress – and reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. She also serves as a contributor to Fox News Channel and is a panelist on “Fox News Sunday,” Fox Broadcasting Company’s public affairs program that airs nationwide each Sunday morning.

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Soledad O’Brien

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6 p.m., Show Me Center

Soledad O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of the day. In June 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty, and opportunity.

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Anthony Cordesman

Southeast-CSIS Collaborative Initiative

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:30 p.m., Glen Auditorium

Anthony H. Cordesman has completed a variety of studies on energy, U.S. strategy and defense plans, the lessons of modern war, defense programming and budgeting, NATO modernization, Chinese military power, proliferation, counterterrorism, armed nation building, security in the Middle East, and the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. Cordesman has traveled frequently to Afghanistan and Iraq to consult on the wars in those countries, and he was a member of the Strategic Assessment Group that assisted General Stanley McChrystal in developing a strategy for Afghanistan in 2009. He frequently acts as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence community.

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Hill Harper

Manifest Your Destiny

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7:30 p.m., Academic Hall Auditorium

Humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator, and philanthropist, Hill Harper will present the Michael Davis Lecture. Harper currently stars in USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” as Station Chief Calder Michaels. He won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in “CSI: NY” and earned a 2004 Golden Satellite Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work in “The Handler.”

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Ozzie Smith

An Evening with Ozzie Smith

Monday, April 20, 2015
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

Ozzie Smith, known as “The Wizard” and the best defensive shortstop of all time, was a first ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. His nickname describes the way he played shortstop – he performed magic with his glove and had amazing acrobatic agility. After four years with the San Diego Padres and 15 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith retired from baseball in 1996.