The Speaker's Lyceum Series was started by Speaker Finneran in the spring of 1997 as an attempt to create a forum in which distinguished citizens could lecture upon topics of national or local consequence. This unique sharing of the thoughts and ideas of diverse and esteemed leaders has proven to be a successful means of invigorating public dialogue and encouraging civic engagement among lawmakers.
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Since the series inception, a series of experts on pressing legislative and social issues have spoken to members of the House of Representatives elevating the dialogue within the body beyond the narrow, immediate issues to larger questions of policy. Speaker Finneran commented, "It doesn't always have to be about debate on precise funding formulas and very refined legal language. Sometimes just the general discussion is very, very helpful to our thinking and our cognizance of world events and how they relate to Massachusetts." Since the inception of the Speaker's Lyceum Series, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has hosted a number of world-renowned experts. Their biographies and the date of each Lyceum Series lecture are below.

June 2004
David Gergen, Public Servant, Educator, and Author

A Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, David Gergen boasts an unparalleled 30-year record of service in many areas of public life. He has worked as an advisor to four presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He currently holds the position of editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and is also a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. A best-selling author, Mr. Gergen published Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton in the fall of 2000. He won praise for his weekly political commentary on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in the early 1990s and continues to this day to regularly weigh-in as an analyst on various news shows. In addition, he is presently active on numerous non-profit boards and is Chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Ford Foundation’s program on Innovations in American Government. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Mr. Gergen graduated from both Yale University (A.B., 1963) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1967) with honors. He served for three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy, spending nearly two years posted in Japan.

October 2001
Tim Russert, Political Analyst
Tim Russert is the moderator of "Meet the Press," the political analyst for NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," and the "Today Program," and anchor of CNBC's "The Tim Russert Show." He is the senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News and is also a contributing anchor for MSNBC. He has received 22 honorary doctorate degrees from American colleges and universities and has lectured at the John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries. He is a trustee of the Freedom Forum's Newseum and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club and America's Promise-Alliance for Youth.

March 2001
Professor Monica McWilliams, Co-Founder of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition

Professor McWilliams, co-founder and elected representative of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 and represents the 60,000 constituents of South Belfast. She is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and a course director in Women's Studies at the University of Ulster. In 1998, she was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from Lesley College, Massachusetts, for her work on the impact of domestic violence and political conflict on women's lives in Northern Ireland. In addition to this achievement, Professor McWilliams has received many high honors including the JFK Leadership and Courage Award and the Frank Cousins Peace Award.

May 2000
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Laurate

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in the town of Sighet, now part of Romania. During World War II, he, with his family and other Jews from the area, were deported to the German concentration and extermination camps, where his parents and little sister perished. Wiesel and his two older sisters survived. Liberated from Buchenwald in 1945 by advancing Allied troops, he was taken to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne and worked as a journalist. In 1958, he published his first book, La Nuit (Night), a memoir of his experiences in the concentration camps. He has since authored nearly forty books some of which use these events as their basic material. In his many lectures, Wiesel has concerned himself with the situation of the Jews and other groups who have suffered persecution and death because of their religion, race or national origin. He has been outspoken on the plight of Soviet Jewry, on Ethiopian Jewry, on the State of Israel today and of the victims in Bosnia and Kosovo. Wiesel has made his home in New York City, and is now a United States citizen. He has been a visiting scholar at Yale University, a Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City College of New York, and since 1976 has been Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he teaches "Literature of Memory." He was the Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council from 1980 - 1986, and he serves on numerous boards of trustees and advisors.

March 2000
Reverend Peter Gomes, Minister of the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard College

A native of Boston, Reverend Gomes is regarded as one of America's most distinguished preachers. A graduate of Bates College and Harvard Divinity School, he taught and served as director of freshman studies at Tuskegee Institute before he came to Harvard in 1970 as an assistant minister in The Memorial Church. He has been minister in The Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard College. He is the author of seven volumes of sermons, including the national best sellers The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living. In 1999, he was included in an article titled "The Best Talkers in America: Fifty Big Mouths We Hope Will Never Shut Up" in the premiere issue of Talk magazine. He has preached and lectured throughout the United States and the British Isles, and in England in 2000 he delivered the University Sermon at The University of Cambridge and the Millennial Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral. He participated in the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and was named Clergy of the Year in 1998 by Religion in American Life. He holds 13 honorary degrees and is an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College at Cambridge University. He is former acting director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard and past president of The Signet Society, Harvard's oldest literary society. He has been a trustee of Bates and Wellesley colleges, The Public Broadcasting Service, the Plimoth Plantation and the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

September 1999
R. Nicholas Burns, United States Ambassador to Greece

Ambassador Burns was appointed by President Clinton and sworn into office by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on November 10, 1997. He has served as Spokesman for the Department of State and Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Secretary Albright. He also served on the National Security Council Staff at the White House from 1900 until 1995. Raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Ambassador Burns is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Masters of the Arts with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. He is a three time recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award for outstanding performance, and a recipient of the Department's James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in 1994. He was awarded the Order of Terra Mariana by Estonian President Meri for his work in securing the withdrawal of Russian military forces from that country.

June 1999
David McCullough, Historian and Author

David McCullough is the author of seven widely acclaimed books, including Truman, one of the most popular and enduring American biographies and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His other books include The Johnstown Flood, the Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and John Adams. Mr. McCullough has been the host of the PBS television series "The American Experience" and the narrator of Ken Burns' "The Civil War." A gifted speaker, he has lectured at the White House and before a joint session of Congress. More recently, he has been honored with a Commonwealth Award, one of Massachusetts' highest artistic honors for his contributions to the humanities. Other achievements and awards include the Charles Frankel Prize, the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the Samuel Eliot Morrison Award, and the New York Public Library Literary Lion Award. He is a two-time recipient of the National Book Award and the Frances Parkman Prize.

March 1999
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Historian and Author

A resident of Concord, Massachusetts, Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 for No Ordinary Time and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During World War II. Among her other works are the New York Times best-seller, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and the five months Times best-seller The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was made into a highly successful six hour television mini-series in 1990. Most recently, Dr. Goodwin wrote Wait Till Next Year, a memoir of growing up as a childhood fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950's. Dr. Goodwin is a regular panelist on PBS' "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer" and is an NBC-TV analyst. She is a 1964 magna cum laude graduate of Colby College, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1966, and received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 1968. She is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, the Society of American Historians, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize and a recipient of the Sarah Joseph Hale medal. She is also the first female journalist to enter the locker room of the Boston Red Sox.

April 1998
Adam Walinsky, President of the Center for Research on Institutions and Social Policy.

Adam Walinsky is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School, where he served on the Law Journal. He worked for the United States Department of Justice under Attorney General Robert Kennedy and then served for four years as Legislative Assistant to Robert Kennedy. During his four years with the Senator, he was the responsible staff member for most of the Senator's work on foreign and domestic issues, and was instrumental in the creation of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Project. He was the Democratic candidate for Attorney General of the State of New York in 1970. From 1971 to 1995, he was in private law practice in the city of New York , and he was a member and Chairman of the New York Commission of Investigation from 1978 to 1981. The Commission carried out investigations of corruption in New York City employee union welfare funds, the State Department of Agriculture and the State Department of Corrections. He is a trustee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and a regular contributor to local and national publications. In January 1995, he began to serve full-time as President of the Center for Research on Institutions and Social Policy. The Center concentrates on issues affecting law enforcement and social change. Since 1982, Mr. Walinsky has worked to establish the Police Corps to strengthen American law enforcement by adding to existing police forces citizen officers, serving four-year terms, who would receive four-year college scholarships in exchange for their commitment to serve. The Police Corps became law as part of the Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994.
October 1997
Gertrude Himmelfarb, Historian and Author

Gertrude Himmelfarb is professor emeritus of history at the City University of New York. Her writing career spans over four decades, and her books include Lord Acton (1952), Victorian Minds (1968), On Liberty and Liberalism (1974), Poverty and Compassion (1991), On Looking Into The Abyss: Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society (1994), and, most recently, The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, she also sits on the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute and the Board of Advisers of the Library of America. Until recently she served on the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review, the American Scholar and other journals. Professor Himmelfarb received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1950. She also studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Girton College, Cambridge. Over her lengthy career, she has won many fellowships and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees.
May 1997
Marshall Carter, former Chairman and CEO of State Street Bank and Trust Company
Marshall N. Carter is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
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From 1992-2000, he was the Chairman and CEO of the State Street Bank and Trust Company, a Fortune "500" company. He served two years as a Marine in Vietnam, was a White House Fellow during the Ford Administration, and worked at Chase Manhattan Bank before joining State Street in l991. Active in industry and global organizations, he has been on the boards of numerous securities industry organizations, and companies. His interest is leadership - in governments, corporations, the military, and not-for-profit organizations. He has degrees from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; the Naval Postgraduate School; and George Washington University. He recently co-authored Promises to Keep: Saving Social Security's Dream.
April 1997
James Q. Wilson, Noted Criminologist and former James Collins Professor of Management at UCLA and Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard

Since beginning his career as a professor of government at Harvard University in the 1960's, James Q. Wilson has earned a reputation as a criminologist, economist and political analyst. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including American Government, Crime and Human Nature, Bureaucracy, and most recently, The Moral Sense. He has edited or contributed to books on urban problems, government regulation of business, and the prevention of delinquency among children. Professor Wilson has served on a number of national public policy commissions including serving as chairman of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966, chairman of the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention in 1972-1973, a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime in 1981, and a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1985 to 1990. He now serves on the board of directors of the New England Electric System, Protection One, the RAND Corporation, and State Farm Mutual Insurance. He is also Chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Philosophical Society. In 1990, he received the James Madison award for distinguished scholarship from the American Political Science Association and served as that organization's president. Professor Wilson earned his Bachelor's degree from University of Redlands and his Ph.D. and Masters from the University of Chicago.

March 1997
Robert Reich, Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University and former United States Secretary of Labor

A resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Robert Reich is the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University. Before joining Brandeis, he served as the nation's 22nd secretary of labor during President Bill Clinton's first term. Before heading the Labor Department, Reich was a member of the faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Ford Administration, and he headed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission in the Carter Administration. Professor Reich is the author of eight books including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, and most recently, The Future of Success. He has written numerous articles on the global economy, the changing nature of work and the centrality of human capital. Professor Reich was the host of the four-part public television series Made in America (1992), and most recently writer and host of the PBS special At The Grass Roots (1998). He also co-hosted the public TV series The Long and the Short of It, and he frequently appears on public radio's Marketplace. A 1968 graduate of Dartmouth College, Professor Reich obtained an M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973.