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Now posting the 56th season, 2018-2019. Full details to follow. Again we have 2 lectures at 2 locations   as shown above




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John Meacham Wed April 11th and Thurs April 12th, 2018

Jon Ellis Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

His most recent President’s biography is of George H W Bush: ‘Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush’. Meacham’s biography of President Bush was named one of the ten best books of the year by The Washington Post and one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, National Public Radio, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison. Other books are shown on his website


2017-2018 Past speakers

Ann Compton: Wed Oct 11th and Thurs Oct 12th, 2017

Ann Compton has always been a pioneer. As the first woman assigned to cover the White House on network television
and with 41 years on the air for ABC News, her longevity and impact are unparalleled. After retiring from daily coverage in
2014, Compton reignited her legendary career by returning to ABC to cover the 2016 political conventions, as well as
accepting a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government focusing on media coverage of the 2016 election. She
now combines her personal experiences on the White House beat with fresh scholarship from the prestigious Miller Center
for presidential studies in Virginia.
Compton’s career at ABC News spanned seven presidents and 10 presidential campaigns. Assigned to the White House
in 1974, she reported for ABC News broadcasts from Washington and around the globe, traveling with Presidents, Vice
Presidents, and First Ladies. President Barack Obama announced her retirement when calling on her at a West Wing
news conference saying, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a
pleasure to get to know.”

Compton was traveling with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001, and was the only broadcast reporter to
remain on Air Force One to report on behalf of all the press during the chaotic hours following the terrorist attacks, when
the President was unable to return directly to Washington. For that coverage, which she considers the most significant
story of her career, Compton received special recognition in the awards bestowed on ABC’s coverage, including an
Emmy, a Peabody, and the Silver Baton from the DuPont awards at Columbia University.
Her colleagues elected Compton as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association for 2007-2008. She was
chairman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association on Capitol Hill in 1987-1988. The Commission on
Presidential Debates selected Compton to serve as a debate panelist in 1988 and 1992. Additionally, she has been
inducted into six halls of fame and has received five honorary university degrees.
Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, D.C., and they are the parents of three sons and a
daughter and the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Compton says her most valued award is a golden statuette
bestowed by the National Mothers' Day committee naming her a “Mother of the Year” in 1988.

Robert Wittman Wed Nov 8th and Thurs Nov 9th, 2017


Peter Greenberg: Wed March 7th and Thurs March 8th, 2018

Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. 

Peter is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on The Early Show, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS Sunday Morning, and across many broadcast platforms. 

He is the consummate insider when it comes to reporting the travel business as news. No other journalist brings his extensive level of expertise and experience to the travel process. An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter was named one of the most influential people in travel by Travel Weekly, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson.  

Peter is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. This live, three-hour weekly radio program and a daily short-form travel feature are syndicated by United Stations and heard on a combined 400+ stations.  

His other current titles include Travel Editor at Large for AARP, Contributing Editor for Men's Health magazine, and contributor to Parade,, Bing Travel,, and He has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dr. Phil, and Larry King Live

Peter was honored with News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the Dateline NBC team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a news magazine.  

He was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC's acclaimed prime-time specials, “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life,” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas.” 

His investigative work culminated in the one-hour NBC Dateline special he hosted entitled “Black Box Mystery: The Crash of the Concorde,” revealing for the first time what really happened when the supersonic aircraft crashed outside of Paris in 2000. 

His book, Don't Go There! The Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World, quickly became a New York Times best-seller. His latest book, Tough Times, Great Travels, offers his expert advice and insight on how to travel efficiently – and well – during tough economic times.




For all past speakers, see attached "Town Hall Speakers Through the Years"


Speakers from 2016-2017.


Melissa Gilbert: Wed April 5th or Thurs April 6th 2017Life after "Little House on the Prairie".

Half-Pint from "Little House on the Prairie" is all grown up. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has appeared in several productions on Broadway, and has acted in and produced a variety of shows on TV, as well as appearing in various movies. She was a contender on Season 12 of "Dancing with the Stars". As president of the Screen Actors Guild she worked to pass laws protecting child actors among other endeavors, and is national spokesperson for the Partnership for Drug Free Kids. In March 2016 she returned to TV on the midseason drama "Secrets and Lies".






Katie Laur: Wed Mar. 9th or Thurs Mar. 10th 2017. The Queen Bee of Cincinnati Blue Grass.

The queen bee of Cincinnati Bluegrass, Katie currently has a radio show each Sunday night on WNKY called “Music from the Hills of Home”.  She also writes a bi-monthly column for the Cincinnati Magazine. One of the original musicians on the Prairie Home Companion, she has played the Kennedy Center and travelled to Russia as music ambassador. Credited with legitimizing bluegrass music in Cincinnati starting in the 70s, she has been called a “Patch in Ohio’s rich cultural quilt”. With a rich sense of humor and a knack for storytelling, the rooms fill up quickly wherever she plays.

She will bring her guitar and sing for us.



Mitch Albom: Wed Nov. 9th or Thurs Nov. 10th 2016. Multi talented speaker.

Author, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter, he is an inspiration around the world. His books have sold over 35 million copies in over 40 languages. His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, was made into a TV movie and remains one of the top selling memoirs of all time. He is an award winning sport columnist and an active philanthropist. His first love has always been music. He plays several instruments and is in a band with several other well-known authors. His latest book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto is a great story based on the power of music in our lives.

There will be a book signing after each lecture.






General Wesley Clark: Wed Oct. 5th or Thurs Oct. 6th 2016. Don't wait for the next war

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and one time presidential candidate, he has taken on a variety of roles in the private sector since retiring from the US Army.  Author of three best-selling books, his latest release, Don’t Wait for the next war, identifies a new, unifying national strategy to tackle America’s current and future challenges: terrorism, cybersecurity, financial system vulnerabilities, the rise of China, and accelerating climate change.









Speakers from 2015-2016.




Nicholas Sparks: "Best selling author" April 13 and 14 2016

Well known for Message in a Bottle,  The Notebook and  The Longest Rideamong others. 10 of his 18 books have been made into movies. His success has spawned a very active charity organization: In 2011, Nicholas and his wife launched the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of Nicholas and Catherine Sparks, more than $10 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because Nicholas and Catherine Sparks cover all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

An Evening/Morning with Nicholas Sparks



Janine Driver: "International body language expert." Mar 9and 10, 2016

Also known as the Lyintamer her expertise is outlined in You can't lie to me. Her subjects of study have been varied and include the iconic and revered Muppets!

You say more than you think








Steve Hartman: Reporter CBS "On the Road Series."Oct 14 and 15, 2015.

Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998. Hartman brings viewers moving stories from the unique people he encounters and the special places he visits as he travels around the country for his weekly feature "On the Road" which airs Fridays on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley". "On the Road" is modeled after the long-running, legendary series of the same name which was originally reported by one of America's greatest TV storytellers, the late newsman Charles Kuralt.

See Stories from across the world

On the Road: Exploring the Human Spirit

See his 5 top stories from 2014. 2 from Ohio: one with a local interest.



Cpt. Mark Kelly: "One of twin NASA astronauts." Nov 11and 12 2015.

Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, U.S. Navy Captain and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War.  

He flew his first of four space shuttle missions in 2001 aboard Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.  He is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Mark Kelly is one of our country’s most experienced pilots.  

Endeavor to Succeed




Speakers from 2014-2015.

Sean Casey

Sean Casey: My Life in Baseball. Oct 8 & 9, 2014

Sean Casey, nicknamed "The Mayor" is the former Major League first baseman who played for the Cincinnati Reds, and also the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox. He is currently a broadcaster and commentator for the MLB Network. During his tenure in Cincinnati and later in Pittsburgh and Detroit he was regarded as approachable and friendly and thus received his nickname, "The Mayor" , which came from his reputation for chatting casually with every runner who made it to first base and also for his very public charity work. On May16th, 2007, Casey was voted "the friendliest player in baseball" by fellow players in a Sports Illustrated poll. He has made sports news for his charitable work almost as often as for his field work. He has been active in Big Brother and Make a Wish Foundation as well as the "Casey's Crew" program providing free high priced tickets to disadvantaged youth.



Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer :An Evening of Laughter Nov. 12 & 13, 2014

Carol Leifer is a brilliant comedian who has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. She won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for "Modern Family"  and she is a four time Emmy nominee for her work on shows such as " Seinfeld", "Saturday Night Live" and "The Larry Sanders Show". She has starred in stand-up comedy specials on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, including opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Frank Sinatra who praised Ms Leifer as "one funny broad!" and "I wish my mother had been that funny -I wouldn't have had to work so hard". She continues working the stand-up circuit and is a writer and co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom, "Rules of Engagement". Her latest book, "How to Succeeed in Business Without Really Crying", released in April 2014, is a hilarious collection of essays charting her journey through show business. She will hold a book signing post lecture.



Dr Eben Alexander III: Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon's Journey thru the Afterlife. March 11 & 12, 2015

Dr Alexander is the author of the NY Times best seller, "Proof of Heaven". As an academic neurosurgeon  for 25 years including 15 years at Bringham & Women's and Children's Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston, he thought he knew all about the brain and human awareness. However, in 2008 he was driven into a coma by an unknown cause. After a week, with prospects for survival diminishing rapidly, he unexpectedly came back to consciousness. Memories of his life were gone and had been replaced with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. Dr Alexander's story offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness. In analyzing his experience, including the scientific possibilities and grand implications, he envisions a more complete reconcilliation of modern science and spirituality as a natural product. He will hold a book signing post lecture.




Clint Van Zandt: The Face of 21st Century Terrorism. April 8 & 9, 2015

Former FBI hostage negotiator and profiler, Clint Van Zandt, takes us deep into the mind and motivation of criminals and terrorists, from 11th century assassins, thru kamikazi pilots, and street criminals, to the terrorists of today. In his 25 years at the FBI, he served as supervisor with the agency's internationally respected Behavioral Science Unit  and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. He personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas, negotiated release of hostages held by prison rioters and kidnap victims held by South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. He correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and led the analytical team that helped to identify the "Unabomber". As a television and radio commentator, Van Zandt has made more appearances than any other FBI agent in history. His presentations are at times humorous. He brings his audiences valuable insights in better understanding human behaviour.



Speakers from 2013-2014.





Michael Feinstein: A Morning/Evening with Michael Feinstein. April 9& 10, 2014

 We close with our 51st season with pianist Michael Feinstein. Get ready to tap your toes and sing along as the "Ambassador of Song" joins us for a morning/evening of great music. Mr. Feinstein's international popularity is built around his graceful and moving interpretation of popular standards by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Ira Gershwin among others. Passionate about preserving the Great American Classics for future generations, he has produced "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" specials on PBS which, for the past three years, have highlighted various forms of music popular through the ages: show tunes, jazz, big bands, movie musicals, and more.





John McPherson:Humor, a Powerful Form of Communication. March 12 & 13, 2014

John McPherson's cartoons are fresh, fun, humorous, intelligent, and above all they are too close to home! He is the creator of the comic panel "Close to Home" which appears in over 700 papers around the globe. A talented speaker and presenter McPherson loves to talk about his life as a cartoonist and where he finds his humor. His presentations are informative and engaging with a great deal of audience participation.In 2004, McPherson was awarded a lifetime achievement award by his alma mater, Bucknell University. He has published numerous collections of his cartoons as well as page-a-day calendars and has illustrated many books. Note: MacPherson will have his books for sale and signing






Mara Liasson: The Changing Face of American Politics. November 13 & 14, 2013

Mara Liasson can be heard regularly on National Public Radio (WVXU locally) providing political commentary on the award winning news magazines "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition". As the national political correspondent  for NPR, Liasson has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in five presidential and many congressional races. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all  eight years of the Clinton administration. Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a degree in American History. She received the White House  Correspondents Association Merriman Smith award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and 1997.






Robert Ballard:Exploring the Wonders of the Deep Sea. October 9 & 10, 2013

 An accomplished deep-sea explorer, Dr Robert Ballard is perhaps best known for his discoveries of the shipwrecks Titanic and Bismark as well as the natural wonders of the hydrothermal vents. He has conducted over 120 deep sea explorations using the latest in exploration technolgy and he is a pioneer in the use of deep-diving submarines. Most recently he explored the Black, Aegean, and Mediteranean Seas onboard the E/V Nautilus, mapping the geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical aspects of those regions to depths of about 2000 meters. During the expedition, he posted his discoveries live on the web via tele-presence technology, putting the unexplored ocean directly in his viewers hands.


Past Speakers 2012-2013.


Laura Ling: "Journey of Hope" April 24th and 25th

Laura Ling is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, which explores topics such as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses.Prior to joining the E! Network Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series Vanguard.  Ling also worked as a correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey.In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States.  She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world. Ling has also worked as a series producer for Channel One News where she produced reports from around the globe.  Ling co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001.  Her work has also appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, PBS, and the WB. 

Ling is co-author with her sister Lisa of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.



Louis Freeh My FBI experiences. March 13th and 14th, 2013

FBI Director(1993-2001) Louis Freeh has a lifelong dedication to protect the U.S. citizens with investigations, justice, and strong ethics. Mt Freeh, a lawyer,was a FBI Secial Agent, an Assist. U.S. Attorney, and a District Judge in the 1980's. Notoriety within his field heightened with his work  to convict 16 of 17 organized crime defendants in the famous Pizza Connection case. While at the FBI's helm, Mr Freeh oversaw notable cases such as TWA Flight 800, Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing and many others. His post-FBI experience has included corporate legal and ethics work, with emphasis on corporate financial disclosure.





 Thane Maynard: Hope for Animals and Their World. November 14th anf 15th, 2012

Author and wildlife expert Thane Maynard is the director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and a conservation advocate.Mr Maynard hosts The 90 second Naturalist on Cincinnati's WGUC and othe NPR radio stations. Often appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, and various morning TV shows, Mr Maynard's passion is the study of endangered species. He will share some success stories to provide us with hope, while much of the world's animal kingdom news is bleak. His 2009 book, Hope for Animals &Their World, was co-authored with Jane Goodall




Jamie Farr: A Conversation with Jamie Farr. October 10th and 11th.

We are very pleased to have found a comparable substitute in the person of Jamie Farr, well known actor of stage and screen, best known and beloved for his role of Klinger on M*A*S*H*.  His iconic cross-dressing and suppport of the Toledo Mudhens were staples of this comedy show. He also had success in other TV shows, films, and theater, as well as supporting women's golf through the Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic.





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