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 8 - From Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H to Arnold Vinick on The West Wing, Alan Alda has been a staple on American television for more than four decades, earning 32 Emmy nominations and six Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Well known for California Suite, The Four Seasons and other movies, he was nominated for an Academy Award for The Aviator.
October 29 - Julia Gillard’s political career was crowned by her service as Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to hold either position. Born in Wales, she moved with her family to Adelaide when she was a child. Gillard’s earlier political career included numerous cabinet and shadow cabinet positions.
November 19 - After leading a Marine rifle platoon in Vietnam, Robert S. Mueller, III attended law school and started his career working in the U.S. Attorney offices in both San Francisco and Boston, and then in the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2001, he was nominated as FBI Director, starting in that position only one week before the September 11 attacks.
January 14 - Considered by Forbes magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Media, Arianna Huffington is best known as the founder of the news website The Huffington Post. The site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
February 18 - P.W. Singer, currently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the preeminent specialist on 21st century warfare. In his work he explores how science fiction has started to play out on modern day battlefields, with its emphasis on robotics and other technologies, as well as the implications of these developments for war, politics, ethics and law in our time.
*March 25 - Acclaimed author of Truman, John Adams, and most recently The Greater Journey, David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Awards. He has been called a National Treasure. A gifted storyteller, he has narrated several PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Napoleon, and the motion picture Seabiscuit.
*April 29 -Known as a futurist and popularizer of science, Michio Kaku has written numerous books about physics and makes regular appearances on radio, television and film. A frequent host of TV specials for the BBC, Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the Science Channel, he hosts a weekly, syndicated, one-hour radio program called Explorations.