New Jersey Speakers Series

The New Jersey Speakers Series is composed of seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University at NJPAC. Take a journey beyond the headlines of issues affecting our world with fascinating and influential thought leaders in the fields of world affairs, the environment, literature, the arts and more. Some of the most celebrated personalities of our time will reveal ideas and perspectives that will inform, challenge and inspire you.

Available as a subscription package only, the Thursday evening series, held October through April, includes a spirited question-and-answer period following each talk. All events begin at 8pm.

Rita Moreno - Entertainer and EGOT winner

Rita Moreno, entertainer and EGOT winner

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, 8pm

Moreno is one of only 12 actors who have won all four major awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony (EGOT). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for portraying Anita in the film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Recently, Moreno was presented with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Ehud Barak - Israel’s former Prime Minister

Ehud Barak, Israel’s former Prime Minister

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 8pm

Ehud Barak was Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. He entered politics following a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He served as leader of the Labor Party until 2011 and held posts as Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government from 2009 to 2013.

Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees

Racism in America: Panel Discussion

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 8pm

More than 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, three distinguished panelists explore racism from their divergent perspectives: Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered; Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of Please Stop Helping Us; and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

John Cleese - Co-founder of Monty Python

John Cleese, co-founder of Monty Python

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 8pm

Cleese co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe behind the British comedy TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and four Monty Python films. He created or appeared in a long list of movies but is probably best known for co-writing and starring in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers and co-starring in A Fish Called Wanda.

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 8pm

President Barack Obama nominated Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2011, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. He served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army before this appointment. Prior to that, Dempsey had a distinguished military career, with an assortment of commands in Europe, Iraq and the United States.

Ted Koppel - First anchorman of ABC’s Nightline

Ted Koppel, first anchorman of ABC’s Nightline

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8pm

Koppel is best known as the first anchor for ABC’s Nightline, serving in that role from the program’s inception in 1980 until his retirement in 2005. After leaving Nightline, he was Managing Editor for the Discovery Channel. Koppel is currently a senior news analyst for NPR and a contributing analyst to BBC World News America and NBC News.

Jon Meacham - Presidential historian

Jon Meacham, presidential historian

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8pm

A Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, Meacham has profiled Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and, most recently, George H.W. Bush in a body of work that spans the founding fathers to the civil rights era. A former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Time magazine, he now serves as the Executive Editor at Random House.



Before you order, please note:

  • Your credit card will be charged at the time your order is placed. If no changes are being made to your subscription, your seats will also be renewed.
  • Speakers Series subscription tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
  • Any changes to your renewal subscription need to be made either by phone (1-888-696-5722) or by mail.
  • If renewing online, you will be charged an additional $2.50 online ordering fee.
  • The email address found on your order form is associated with your subscription seats and must be used when renewing online.
  • To renew your subscription, click the link below. You will be taken to the account manager page to log in. After logging in you will be able to make online payment, secruing your seats for the 2016-2017 season. Hint: If there was an email address on your renewal order form, please use it to access your account.


Before you order, please note:

  • Your credit card will be charged at the time your order is placed. Your seats will be selected at a later date.
  • A $30 per order handling charge and NJ state sales tax will be added to your order.
  • Speakers Series subscription tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
  • When ordering online, please disregard the seat number displayed on the “Review Your Seats” page when it appears. You actual seat number will be printed on your ticket(s), which will be mailed in September. Only tickets ordered ten or fewer days from the first lecture will be held at the box office will call. All other tickets will be mailed.


Open Seating tickets @ $245 each

Bronze Reserved Seating tickets @ $305 each

Silver Reserved Seating tickets @ $365 each

Gold* Reserved Seating tickets @ $425 each

Platinum* Reserved Seating tickets @ $475 each

*Reserved seats in the orchestra are held only until 8pm

Please add 7% sales tax + $30 handling to your order.

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