In its Sixth 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 Ben Stein, Marlee Matlin, Terry Bradshaw and Hill Harper.
Ben Stein offers laughter, insight and tears as he explores society’s most quirky conundrums. Armed with a curmudgeonly persona and offbeat style, he dissects the economy and helps audiences balance life’s priorities, even as he offers an eye-opening tour of its greatest absurdities. An exceptionally gifted economist whose market analysis is sought by companies and organizations across the country, Stein is author of Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio!; Yes, You Can get a Financial Life; and How to Ruin the United States of America. The nation’s self-styled “hope for the new millennium” Stein’s career achievements range from speechwriter for President Nixon to the pop icon who starred as Ferris Bueller’s teacher. He is, above all, an expert on bringing meaning to both life and work.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Topic – Politics in America
Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.
Though Matlin lost her hearing when she was only 18 months old, she never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams. Along with a successful Hollywood career, Matlin has dedicated herself to raising awareness for many humanitarian causes, including diversity and LGBT rights. She is a staunch advocate for children and a champion for those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction (battles she knows well). Matlin has also helped raise awareness for better hearing health for millions of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in developing countries.
In 2015, Matlin developed “Marlee Signs”, the first celebrity-driven app teaching basics of American Sign Language on mobile devices. In 2016, she returned for her third appearance at the Super Bowl, signing the National Anthem alongside Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling artist, Lady Gaga.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Topic - Nobody's Perfect: Achieving Inclusion, Diversity, and Access
A larger-than-life personality known for his energy, zeal and enthusiasm both on and off the field, Terry Bradshaw is an All-American icon. From his achievements in football as a Hall of Fame quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP, to his celebrity success as television’s preeminent football analyst, best-selling author, television and film actor and gospel singer with three hit albums, Bradshaw is a beloved household name who came from humble beginnings to achieve astounding success. Having reached the pinnacle of professional accomplishment and survived the depths of depression, Bradshaw talks about sacrifice, pain, competition and adversity. He illuminates how he used the power of positive thinking to reach levels of success he never dreamed possible.
Admired for his unvarnished honesty and colorful style, Bradshaw is a three-time Emmy Award-winning co-host of America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is the author of No Easy Game, the remarkably introspective autobiography Looking Deep and New York Times best sellers It’s Only A Game and Keep It Simple.
Monday, March 11, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Topic -Why Not Your Best?
Hill Harper is a humanitarian, actor, author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist. Harper is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the CBS hit television drama CSI: NY where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 to 2013 for which Harper won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Subsequently, Harper returned to CBS starring in Covert Affairs, the fast-paced drama Limitless, and Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland. Harper is a member of the cast of ABC’s #1 drama The Good Doctor and hosts How It Really Happened with Hill Harper on HLN. Harper is the author of four New York Times best-sellers and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Additionally, Harper founded The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which is dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.
Harper graduated magna cum laude as valedictorian of his department with a bachelor’s degree from
Brown University and cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and holds
Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, Le-Moyne Owen College, Dillard University and Howard University.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Topic - Sailing the Seven C's of Success
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.