Past Speakers

Town Hall South was conceived and organized in 1969 by Westminster Presbyterian Church members Edna Brown and Ruth Bayley, with the encouragement of Pastor John Galbreath, as an outreach of the church.  The purpose of Town Hall South has been to provide an educational enrichment program for the community through quality lectures, to provide fellowship to the community, and to provide service to the community through philanthropic gifts to a wide range of local organizations. The purpose, high standards, and lecture format of Town Hall South have remained constant.  

Of special note are the women who have served to chair the Town Hall South board over the years.  They are Edna Brown, Della Inman, Susan Redfield, Sally Lewis, Ethel Collins, Janice O’Brien, Ann Gabler, Susan Miller, and Maureen Ludwig.

The goal of the committee has been to engage speakers of the highest caliber covering a wide range of topics. 

1969 - 1970

Sydney Harris
Betty Furness
Rod MacLeish
Vincent Price
William Pollard

1970 - 1971

John Ciardi
Mike Wallace
Julia M. Walsh
Alex Haley           
Art Buchwald

1971 - 1972

Kitty Carlisle Hart
Dan Tyler Moore
William Rusher
David Brinkley
Robert Goralski

1972 - 1973

Hugh Downs
Maya Angelou
Tom Wicker
Dr. Thomas Bennet
Hans Suyin

1973 - 1974

Olivia DeHavilland
Edwin Reischauer
Robert Cromie
Eliot Janeway
Bernard Kalb

1974 - 1975

Charles Kuralt
Elliot Richardson
Margaret Mead
Cleveland Amory
Hugh Sidey

1975 - 1976

Erma Bombeck
David Frost
Tom Wolfe
LaDonna Harris
Edward P. Morgan

1976 - 1977

William Colby
Jill Ruckelshaus
Dr. Sam Hayakawa
Rosamond Bernier
David Halberstam

1977 - 1978

Art Buchwald
Dr. Isaac Asimov
Helen Thomas
Joseph Sorrentino
Louis Rukeyser

1978 - 1979

George Will
John Lindsay
Jacqueline Wexler
Barbara Howard
Ashley Montague

1979 - 1980

Phil Donahue
Letitia Baldridge
Nancy Dickerson
Frank Cappiello
Ellen Goodman

1980 - 1981

William Buckley
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thomas Hoving
Jack Anderson
Dan Cordtz

1981 - 1982

F. Lee Bailey
William Sullivan
Russel Baker
Mark Russell
Gene Pell

1982 - 1983

Heywood Hale Broun
Washington Week in Review
Dr. Joseph MacInnis
Robert White
Marshall Loeb

1983 - 1984

Douglas Edwards
John Berry
Rex Reed
Ralph Earle
Patricia Neal

1984 - 1985

Winston Churchill II
James J. Kilpatrick
Charles Osgood
Jane Brody
Patricia Aburdene

1985 - 1986

David Susskind
Prof. Arthur Miller
Roger Ailes
Col. John Cottell
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

1986 - 1987

Beverly Sills
Tom Logsdon
Jerry Parr
Judith Viorst
Dr. Robert Coles

1987 - 1988
                   
David Eisenhower
Robert Stovall
Calvin Trillin
Fred Graham
Ralph Nader

1988 - 1989

Art Linkletter
Countess Romanones
Peter Jennings
David Gergen
Julie Nixon Eisenhower

1989 - 1990

Stansfield Turner
William Proxmire
B. Gentry Lee
Ernest Boyer
Lloyd Dobyns

1990 - 1991

Jayne Meadows
Dale Van Atta
Frank Cappiello
Bernie Siegel
Cousteau Society

1991 - 1992

Thomas P. O’Neill
Boris Notkin
“Lucky” Roosevelt
Gerald Posner
Sheila Kast

1992 - 1993

Robert Novak/Mark Shields
Hedrick Smith
Marlene Barasch
Susan Bondy
Warren Rudman

1993 - 1994

Leslie Stahl
Ed Rollins
Star Jones
Orville Schell
Dr. Bob Arnot

1994 - 1995

Pierre Salinger
Leon Lederman
Linda Chavez
Sheri Poe
Marlin Fitzwater

1995 - 1996

Mary Higgins Clark
James Lovell
Elliot Engel
Stuart Varney
Steve Roberts

1996 - 1997

Linda Werthheimer
Stephen Carter
Henry Haller
Elliot Engel
David McCullough

1997 - 1998

Michael York
Susan Eisenhower
Rudy Maxa
Laura Pederson
Gloria Borger

1998 - 1999

Doris Kearns Goodwin
James Reston, Jr.
Elliot Engel
Steve Roberts
Aileen Bridgewater

1999 - 2000

Frank McCourt
Claire Shipman
Steve Stark
Jan Schlictman
Alan Murray

2000 - 2001

Anna Quindlen
Paul Gigot
Donna Woolfolk Cross
Malcolm Gladwell
Joel Siegel

2001 - 2002

Jeff Greenfield
Fareed Zakaria
Dr. John Hasse
Holly Atkinson
Michael Beschloss

2002 - 2003

David Halberstam
Ken Auletta
Frank Deford
Robert Young Pelton
Ronan Tynan

2003 - 2004

Ann Compton
Dr. Harm deBlij
Dr. Will Miller
Bruce Feiler
Judith Miller

2004 - 2005

David Baldacci
Joe Klein
Peter Greenberg
Judy Collins
Steve Coll

2005 - 2006

Wolf Blitzer
Gail Collins
Sam Abel
David Lampton
Jon Meachem

2006 - 2007

Andrea Mitchell/Tori Clark
Maj. Gen. Perry Smith
Regina Barreca
Roland Fryer
James Bradley

2007 - 2008

Alexander McCall Smith
Lisa Ling
Anthony Bourdain
Robin Wright
Juan Williams

2008 - 2009

Brian Greene
Martha Raddatz
Anna Deavere Smith
David Sanger
Jeannette Walls

2009 - 2010

Greg Mortenson
Todd Buchholz
Dan Buettner
Thomas Kostigen
Christopher Buckley

2010 - 2011

Nick Clooney
T. R. Reid
Rick Steves
The Faith Club/Robin Wright
Steve Kroft

2011 - 2012

Jeffrey Toobin
Dr. Alan J. Russell
John Hofmeister
Amy Dickinson
Scott Simon

2012 - 2013

Jane Pauley
Spencer Wells
Mark Bittman/Lee Woodruff
Marin Alsop
James Fallows/Reza Aslan

2013 - 2014

Frank Abagnale
Eric Greitens
Zanny Minton-Beddoes
Dr. Gary Small
Wes Moore

2014 - 2015

Robert M. Edsel
Evan Osnos
John Miller
David Pogue
Jacques Pépin and
daughter Claudine

2015 - 2016

Dr. Eben Alexander
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Peter Greenberg
Bill Strickland
Jack Hanna

2016 - 2017

Mitch Albom
Rikki Klieman
Tom Szaky
Suki Kim
Dr. David Agus

/ = scheduled speaker/replacement speaker

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