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Bret Baier, Thomas Friedman, Laila Ali & Dan Rather


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 and four-time undefeated world champion boxer Laila Ali.

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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.

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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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Dan Rather

Dan Rather has spent more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation;few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. From politics, the media, current events, and our country’s most pressing issues - to inspiring words of wisdom on leadership, education, social justice, civic involvement and the importance of philanthropy, Dan Rather speaks from the heart and treats audiences to a memorable encounter with a living legend. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events from the Kennedy Assassination through Vietnam, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall ofthe Berlin Wall, 9/11, and the Iraq Invasion. Known for humor, folksy “Ratherisms” captivating stories, and inspiring wisdom, Dan Rather’s keynotes put you in the presence of a remarkable witness to history and our times - staying with audiences long after the final applause.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Topic - Rather Outspoken: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Reporting



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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