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January 2019

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

January 21, 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL Monday, January 21, 2019 Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State…

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February 2019

JAMES COMEY

February 4, 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

JAMES COMEY Monday, February 4, 2019 James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new forces within and outside America’s borders. He oversaw the federal response to mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and at Pulse nightclub in Orlando the following June, at the time the deadliest in the country’s history. He also worked to address key leadership, agility, and diversity issues within the Bureau.  Prior to his service…

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JIMMY WALES

February 18, 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

JIMMY WALES Monday, February 18, 2019 Jimmy Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiTribune, a groundbreaking adfree news platform that produces evidence-based journalism, and co-founder of Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004.  In a 2004 interview with Slashdot, Mr. Wales explained his motivations about Wikipedia, “Imagine a world in which…

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March 2019

CAROLINE KENNEDY

March 4, 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

CAROLINE KENNEDY Monday, March 4, 2019 Caroline Kennedy is an attorney who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from  November 2013-January 2017. During her tenure she helped realize the United States military’s return of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, the largest land transfer since 1972, and President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima.  Ms. Kennedy is the author or editor of eleven New York Times best-selling books on law, civics, and poetry. She has edited The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2001), Profiles in Courage…

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April 2019

IAN BREMMER

April 11, 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

IAN BREMMER Thursday, April 11, 2019 Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University and is a Foreign Affairs Columnist and Editor at Large for Time magazine.…

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