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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - January 26, 2017 | 7:30 pmKareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA all-time leading scorer, bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador
January 26, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Tickets $50 | $60 | $65

 

The all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is best known for changing the face of professional basketball. A triumphant CML Leukemia cancer survivor, he became a global icon for his work off the court as an activist and bestselling author. His most recent book, “Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” offers his personal perspective on the current political landscape. An HBO documentary detailing his career entitled “Kareem: Minority of One” was released in late 2015 to universal acclaim. A regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the founder and chairman of the Skyhook Foundation, which brings innovative outdoor environmental learning to underserved students. In 2012, he was appointed a U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; today, he continues to be a force for change, engaging audiences nationwide as he details his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete and activist. Read more…

 

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Elizabeth Smart - February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pmElizabeth Smart

Abduction survivor, motivational speaker, and bestselling author
February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
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The 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Taken from her family home and held captive for nine months before being rescued, Smart chose to let her experiences define her—in a positive way. In the years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. Now, she shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity, offering a lasting message about hope and stopping the brutal victimization of women and children around the world. The founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, she has helped to promote the National AMBER Alert, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. With an insightful nature and bright spirit, Smart strives to motivate parents, law enforcement, and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. Read more…

 

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Dr. Bennett Omalu - March 23, 2017 | 7:30 pmDr. Bennett Omalu

First doctor to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes
March 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
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Dr. Bennet Omalu brings to the stage a rare combination of humility and fervor as he shares his personal journey, from humble beginnings in war-torn Nigeria to the revolutionary medical discovery that made him one of the biggest disrupters in the history of sports medicine. Portrayed by famed actor Will Smith in the 2015 film “Concussion,” Omalu details the challenges he faced taking on the NFL and sports industry to ensure that the truth—and risk—of chronic brain damage was understood, accepted, and prevented at all costs. A forensic pathologist, neuropathologist, and epidemiologist, Omalu reveals the biases and obstacles he overcame as an African immigrant staunchly committed to studying medicine in the United States, ultimately rising to the top of his field against all odds. Read more…

 

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Bill Nye - April 20, 2017 | 7:30 pmBill Nye

Emmy® Award-winning scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor
April 20 & 21, 2017 | 7:30 pm
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Combining his love of science with a flair for humor, multi-talented engineer, comedian, and author Bill Nye is on a mission to help people everywhere appreciate how the world works. The bow tie-clad funnyman doesn’t mess around when it comes to science: best known for the multi-Emmy® Award-winning series “Bill Nye the Science Guy®,” he has a number of other award-winning shows and children’s books to his credit. Nye’s first book for a general audience – “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” – was featured on the New York Times bestseller list, and he currently serves at the CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. He is a passionate advocate for climate change awareness and holds numerous honorary doctorate degrees in addition to his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Beloved by audiences of all ages, Nye champions critical thinking, science, and reason in a quest to inspire others to change the world. Read more…

 

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Meet & Greet Receptions

Purchase the Meet & Greet option for an opportunity to join the speaker in a private reception following the presentation.

Frederick County Public Libraries, in conjunction with the Frederick Speaker Series, is excited to offer an amazing opportunity for a limited number of guests to attend private gatherings with the featured speakers. These exclusive receptions, held at the Weinberg after each event, give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and engage with our season speakers. Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children’s library programs.

Tickets for each reception are $75, and only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket. To attend, select the Meet & Greet ticket option when you are ordering lecture tickets.