Now entering its eighth season, the Frederick Speaker Series has been a tremendous success for the downtown Frederick community and beyond. The goal is to engage our community through enlightening discourse and meaningful topics.  As a result of the Series, Frederick’s reputation as an intellectual hub continues to grow, drawing audiences from D.C., Baltimore, and beyond.

From inspirational topics to sensational perspectives, you’ll find it all in the 2020 Frederick Speaker Series!


All Events will be ASL Interpreted.



Each Speaker also has a MEET & GREET opportunity associated with the performance, purchased in addition to the ticket to the Event itself.  For an additional $75, you can engage with these incredible Speakers for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

The proceeds of this Meet & Greet benefit children’s programming at Frederick County Public Libraries.



Doris Kearns Goodwin

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 7:30 PM

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Renowned presidential historian and award-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, has had a five-decade career studying American presidents that began when she was selected for the White House Fellows, as a graduate student, during the Johnson administration. She has since studied Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. Goodwin is also known for her appearances and commentary on television, news and cable networks, and is a devoted lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.


Dr. Mae Jemison

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 7:30 PM

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Blasting into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour is just one of many accomplishments for the dynamic Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space. A fierce advocate of a liberal arts education with a natural aptitude toward the sciences, Dr. Jemison addresses a myriad of topics from general motivation to science literacy, to technological and medical innovations, always inserting her sense of humor in each story she tells.


P.J. O’Rourke

Due to COVID 19 rescheduled to
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 7:30 PM

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Combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid, political humorist P.J. O’Rourke covers current events like no other. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he in fact bashes all political persuasions. O’Rourke proves himself a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences.

Michael Pollan

Due to COVID 19 rescheduled to
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 7:30 PM

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Bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan has spent 30 years writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the environment. He’s been a New York Times bestselling author and a contributing writer to many publications. Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2010), Pollan is also a professor and lectures widely on food, agriculture, and health.

These four distinguished guests will join the likes of past speakers that include Neil Gaiman, George Takei, Bill Nye, Bob Woodward, Temple Grandin, Dr. Michio Kaku, Cal Ripken Jr., General Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Laverne Cox, LeVar Burton, Bryan Stevenson, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Ronan Farrow, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Henry Winkler, Ted Koppel, Marlee Matlin, Elizabeth Smart, Dave Barry, and Mitch Albom.

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