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Robert Morris University sponsors the annual Pittsburgh Speakers Series, a series of seven different lectures, on seven evenings, at Heinz Hall from October through April. Our distinguished speakers share with the audience their unique experiences and perspectives on a wide variety of topics - from world affairs and politics, to history and the environment, to books and authors, to business and economics, to the arts and entertainment. For those who wish to ask the speaker questions, an exciting question and answer session follows each lecture.

*October 9 - Former Prime Minister, George Papandreou served as a Prime Minister of Greece from October 2009 to November 2011 where he was the forefront of the global financial crisis. He is now the Vice Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation which had been awarded the 2004 Olympic Games. As a Foreign Minister Papandereou held the position from 1999-2004 which helped his legacy as a leader in diplomatic bridge-building and stronger international relation. 

*October 30 - New York Times Best-Selling Author, Bill Bryson, is best-known for his memoir, “The Lost Continent”, in which he talks about taking trips in his mother’s Chevy.The book was his first book to be published in 1989. Since then he has received the Aventis Award-winner for best general science book for “A Short History of Nearly Everything”. Bryson is currently working on a new book titled Next Summer which is scheduled for release in Fall 2013.

*November 20 - Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense. He served as former United States President George W. Bush Secretary of Defense. Gates is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected President. Now, he is currently serving on Starbucks’ Board of Directors. Robert M. Gates is the Chancellor of the College of William and Mary; he is the first William and Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as Chancellor of the College.

*January 29 - Steve Wozniak is a philanthropist and has helped with Apples first line of products. He worked with Steve Jobs to found Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniaks Apple I personal computer. He is currently the Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO and is the author the author of his New York Times bestselling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. Wozniak founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

*February 26 - Olympia Snowe served as a Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and as the Senator of Maine. While in the Senate she worked on issues covering education, woman’s issues and welfare reform. She has built a reputation as one of the leading moderates in congress. Snowe was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world in by Forbes magazine in 2005. Since the 1994 she has become the second woman in history to represent Maine.

*March 26 - Dan Rather was a CBS news anchor and 60 minutes correspondent for more than 40 years. Since then he has hosted the show titled, Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV. Rather received the CPJ Burton Benjamin Memorial Award based on his originality in defending independent reporting and he is the 2012 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement.

*April 23 -World Renowned historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room and is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She has been reporting for baseball and politics for over two decades. Goodwin is currently working on her new book about the progressive era that includes Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the golden age of journalism. Goodwin served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House and served as an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson.