Celebrity Forum Season of Stars
Presenting the 48th Annual 2015 – 2016 Celebrity Forum

Speakers' Line-up & Bios for the 2015 – 2016 Season
Celebrity Forum I (Fri.), II (Thurs.) & III (Wed.)

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.
Michio Kaku, Ph.D.
Oct. 21, 22, 23
He is a theoretical physicist and futurist. While at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, he famously built an atom smasher in his parent’s garage. He has the ability to make complex scientific ideas not only understandable but also fascinating.
 
 
Michele Bachmann vs. Donna Brazile
Michele Bachmann vs. Donna Brazile
Nov. 18, 19, 20
Michele Bachmann was a congresswoman best known for her conservative Tea Party politics and her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Donna Brazile is an American author, academic, political analyst and Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
 
 
Mark Russell
Mark Russell
Jan. 20, 21 22
He is America’s best-known political satirist and comedian who also sings and plays the piano.  Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, he says his jokes and songs are very topical and have "a shelf life shorter than cottage cheese."
 
 
Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell
Feb. 17, 18, 19
He is a master storyteller on how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, on the roots of success in Outliers, and in his latest, David and Goliath, on how we think about underdogs and misfits. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people.
 
 
Andrew Fraknoi
Andrew Fraknoi
March 23, 24, 25
He is a popular, award-winning astronomy professor at Foothill College and the 2007 California Professor of the Year. An international organization has designated an asteroid in his name for his contributions to science education and to the public understanding of astronomy.
 
 
Katie Couric
Katie Couric
April 20, 21, 22
She co-hosted The Today Show for 15 years, was anchor of the CBS Evening News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. She has interviewed many of the world’s most famous political figures and celebrities.  She is a journalist and currently serves as Yahoo’s global news anchor.
 
 
Bill Maher
Bill Maher
May 18, 19, 20
He is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian. Fran Lebowitz, who is an author known for her sardonic social commentary on American life, will interview him.