Now entering its seventh 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 2019 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.  See Meet & Greet links below for each speaker for details.

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




Bob Woodward 

January 6, 2019 

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning associate editor of The Washington Post offers some well-reported answers to questions about the Trump presidency, the Mueller investigation, North Korea, terrorism and the economy that audiences won’t learn from any other source. As he reported on previous presidents, for 46 years Woodward has immersed himself in their decision-making, scandals, wars, and economic policy like no other reporter.

This event sponsored by the 1st Amendment Society



Ronan Farrow 

February 28, 2019 

Though he’s only in his early thirties, Ronan Farrow has made his mark as an American journalist, lawyer and government advisor. Forbes Magazine twice named him to their “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy and New York Magazine named him “activist of the year.” He has received numerous human rights awards and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his exposé of Harvey Weinstein that helped kickstart the #MeToo movement.


Laverne Cox

April 3, 2019

A major voice driving transgender awareness and equality, Laverne Cox continues to make history in her career and significant strides in her activism. The Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer from “Orange is The New Black” is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Her list of ‘firsts’ continues to grow as she spreads her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically.


LeVar Burton

April 25, 2019

With more than three decades of groundbreaking work, powerful advocacy, acting and numerous honors, Levar Burton has notably influenced numerous generations and has effectively proven the power of adaptability. Along the way he’s been awarded 12 Emmys, a Grammy and five NAACP awards. From his groundbreaking role as Kunta Kinte on “Roots” to Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to hosting and producing “Reading Rainbow,” Burton continues to enjoy rare longevity in the entertainment business that is.

This event sponsored by the Delaplaine Foundation.


Neil Gaiman

May 9, 2019

Credited as being one of the creators of modern comics as well as an author whose work crosses genres, Neil Gaiman writes for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics and drama. Gaiman has achieved cult status and attracted increased media attention.

This event sponsored by PNC Bank

These five distinguished guests will join the likes of past speakers that include Dr. Michio Kaku, Cal Ripken Jr., General Colin Powell, Jane Fonda, Tom Brokaw, Bryan Stevenson, George Takei, Bill Nye, Rita Moreno, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Henry Winkler, Ted Koppel, Marlee Matlin, Elizabeth Smart, Dave Barry, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Frederick Speaker Series Sponsors

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