Some people are bred to live under water, or at least it seems this way. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of renowned Jacques Cousteau, began scuba diving at the age of four and when he turned 12, he joined his grandfather’s crew. This year, Cousteau completed “Mission 31,” setting the record for the longest time spent underwater for a film crew—31 days—in honor of his grandfather who’d remained below surface for a total of 30 days.
“Detective of fads and emerging subcultures, chronicler of jobs-you-never-knew-existed, Malcolm Gladwell‘s work is toppling the popular understanding of bias, crime, food, marketing, race, consumers, and intelligence” (Ted.com).
David Brooks, The New York Times Op-Ed columnist and commentator on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer has been called good-natured, a “quasi-academic” analyist, charming, intellectually flexible, and a moderate conservative. He’s also been called irrelevant and absolutely essential (“A Reasonable Man,” by Christopher Beam/NYTimes, 7.4.2010).
Frederik Willem de Klerk is known to most of the world as the man who released Nelson Mandela after 26 years in prison. Former State President of South Africa, De Klerk’s style is described as “headmasterly” and his speech as “deliberate,” and “De Klerk speaks slowly and clearly—and charmlessly” (Alex Duval Smith, The Observer, Cape Town, 1.30.2010). Decades later, de Klerk runs a foundation in Cape Town, which aims “to defend the constitution but places a strong focus on minority rights.” De Klerk states, “The legacy of Mandela—reconciliation—urgently needs to be revived.”
These are four of the seven people scheduled to appear at this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Also on the calendar are Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jane Pauley, and Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords.
Over the years, DSS founder Kathy Winterhalder has procured exceptional guests: Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, Robert Redford, Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Ride, Yo Yo Ma, John Wooden, Michael Phelps, Henry Kissinger, and Maya Angelou. Beginning on October 20th, the series presents one speaker a month, continuing through the middle of May.
The goal of Winterhalder’s event, now in it’s 19th season, is to “inspire, enlighten, entertain, and inform” giving audiences “the opportunity to experience and learn from seven remarkable individuals who have changed the world and shaped our lives.”
Distinguished Speaker Series
Oct. 20th, Nov. 17th, Jan. 12th, Feb. 11th, Mar. 23rd, Apr. 20th & May 19th
Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101
Tickets for series (or mini series): $250-$420
For complete details, visit SpeakersLA.com