VERO BEACH — According to the organizers for the Emerson Center’s 2011 Celebrated Speakers Series, there are a limited number of series subscriptions still available. The tickets are for the five engaging and informative speakers in the five-program series at The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. Sponsored by Wilmington Trust, Series subscriptions for the first four or last four speakers are $220; all five speakers may be purchased for $275. Single tickets for $65 are on sale now. Performances are held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, but available seats are limited for both performances and interested parties are encouraged to call as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.
Appearing on January 15 is Patrick Jake (P.J.) O’Rourke. Hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative O’Rourke is the author of 10 books and has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. He is looked upon as the “funniest writer in America” by both Time and The Wall Street Journal. O’Rourke has more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. His unique spin on current events has earned him a reputation as a modern-day Will Rogers. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain.
He will be followed on February 5 by Peggy Noonan, the celebrated Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author of eight books on American politics. Ms. Noonan was a former presidential special assistant, vice-presidential chief speechwriter and television producer.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, author and a former national security advisor to the President of the United States, will appear on February 26. Brzezinski is Trustee and Counselor, Center for Strategic & International Studies and Professor of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Gwen Ifill, the moderator and managing editor for Washington Week follows on March 19. She is also senior correspondent for PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer where she interviews newsmakers and reports on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics.
Paul Krugman, one of the world’s foremost economists and 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Economics concludes the series on April 9. Krugman is Professor of Economics at Princeton University and an insightful outspoken Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times.
Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.TheEmersonCenter.org or call the Box Office at 772-778-5249.