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Bret Baier, Thomas Friedman, Laila Ali & Charles Osgood


In its fifth year, the Broward College Speaker Series continues to feature notable speakers from a variety of backgrounds to educate, enlighten and entertain the community on a variety of topics. From current events in our nation, to finding inspiration beyond all odds, this year’s roster of speakers will bring their personal perspectives on the world around us.

Scheduled speakers include Fox News Channel’s (FNC) chief political anchor Bret Baier, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, four-time undefeated world champion boxer Laila Ali and renowned CBS newsman Charles Osgood.

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Bret Baier

Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's (FNC) chief political anchor and anchor of “Special Report with Bret Baier” (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top four shows in cable news. Baier has interviewed President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney. He has also anchored more than thirty political specials on FNC, reported from Iraq 12 times and Afghanistan 13 times, traveled the world with various administrations and military officials and reported from 74 countries.  
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Topic – Politics and the Atmosphere in Washington, D.C.

Sold Out - Please contact afazzano@broward.edu for more information.
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Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman is a foreign affairs columnist with The New York Times and the bestselling author of The World is Flat. He is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them.” Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Topic - The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology, & Geopolitics

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Laila Ali

Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two.  She is also a four-time undefeated world champion boxer; host of All in with Laila Ali; and author of Reach!, a motivational book for young women. She is the daughter of legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali. She is also a major supporter of charitable organizations such as Feeding America and Peace 4 Kids.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Topic -Finding Inspiration Against All Odds

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Charles Osgood

Charles Osgood, a veteran CBS newsman and creator of The Osgood File, is an icon of American broadcasting and known CBS News’ “Poet-in-Residence”. He spent 22 years hosting the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning, continuing the show's long tradition of in-depth profiles, great reporting, and wide-ranging coverage of news, art, entertainment, science, literature and culture. Osgood has also won four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the International Radio and Television Society Award for Significant Achievement. Additionally, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 |7:30 pm
Topic -An Evening of Storytelling and Music with Charles Osgood


Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theatre
201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Individual tickets will be on sale beginning October 18th. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com.


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College Student Discount: 50% Off Individual Tickets.
Tickets must be purchased at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Must show valid student ID.

Educator Discount: 25% Off Individual Tickets.
Tickets must be purchased at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Must show valid proof of employment at college/university.

Group Discount of 10% OFF for groups of 10 or more can be purchased by calling 954.660.6307.

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