Boston Speakers Series

Boston Speaker SeriesBoston Speakers Series 2020-21
Welcome to the tenth season of the Boston Speakers Series
presented by Lesley University.

Join us for the 10th season of the Boston Speakers Series—seven powerful and memorable evenings guaranteed to enlighten and inform. The Series is tailor-made for those who are open-minded yet discerning, constantly seeking new and enriching experiences. The Boston Speakers Series is the perfect setting to enjoy some of the world's most celebrated and influential personalities of our time as they challenge your mind, enlarge your world and make you laugh.

Each lecture is followed by a spirited question and answer period. 

Come experience a season of provocative and captivating speakers amidst the grand ambiance of Symphony Hall. You will be charmed, challenged and entertained.

2020–21 Prices: $335–$565
$10 per subscription handling fee.

Online payment plan now available… 25% deposit to hold your seats and the balance will be charged in August, or call the Symphony Hall ticketing office at 617-266-1200 to speak with a ticket agent at Symphony Charge to arrange to defer the entire payment until August.


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2020–21 Monday Series

October 5, 2020 - John Bolton
October 19, 2020 - Platon
November 16, 2020 - Walter Isaacson
January 25, 2021 – Tarana Burke
February 22, 2021 - Jamie Metzl
March 22, 2021 - Theresa May
Friday, April 23, 2021 - Bill Nye

2020–21 Wednesday Series

October 7, 2020 - John Bolton
October 21, 2020 - Platon
November 18, 2020 - Walter Isaacson
January 27, 2021 – Tarana Burke
February 24, 2021 - Jamie Metzl
March 24, 2021 - Theresa May
April 28, 2021 - Bill Nye

Please Note

  • Lobby opens at 7 pm and the auditorium opens at 7:15 pm.
  • Reserved seats are held only until 8 pm.
  • Orchestra level subscribers who arrive after 8 pm will be directed to available 1st & 2nd Balcony seats.
  • For patrons with disabilities, accessible seats are available on the orchestra level. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. Also, a hearing loop is located in the first and second balconies.
  • Speakers are subject to substitution or rescheduling.
  • Management reserves the right to remove from the Hall anyone disrupting the event.

2020–21 Schedule

jonh bolton JOHN BOLTON
National Security Advisor (2018–2019)
Monday, October 5, 2020 8pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 8pm
Known for favoring a strong U.S foreign and defense policy, Bolton served as the National Security Advisor to President Trump from 2018 to 2019. He was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 by President George W. Bush.

platon PLATON
Prize-Winning Photographer
Monday, October 19, 2020 8pm
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8pm
Platon’s portraits of world leaders have been featured on over 25 Time magazine covers. A genius behind the camera, he is also a master storyteller who shares behind-the-camera tales from his experiences with some of the world’s most iconic personalities, such as Vladimir Putin, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Muammar al Qadda.

walter isaacson WALTER ISAACSON
American Historian
Monday, November 16, 2020 8pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8pm
Isaacson’s biographical works have focused heavily on genius, ranging from such subjects as Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Steve Jobs. A Professor of History at Tulane University, he is the former CEO of the Aspen Institute, and has been chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine.

tarana burke TARANA BURKE
Original Me Too Movement Founder
Monday, January 25, 2021 8pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8pm
Long before the hashtag #MeToo went viral with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Burke was the one who coined the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault. A civil rights activist from the Bronx, she was honored as one of The Silence Breakers named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year.

jamie metzl JAMIE METZL
Genetic Engineering Expert & Author
Monday, February 22, 2021 8pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8pm
Metzl’s latest book, Hacking Darwin, explores the future of our species as scientists turn science fiction into reality with the genetic engineering revolution. A technology and healthcare futurist, Metzl was appointed to the World Health Organization’s advisory committee on global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.

theresa may THERESA MAY
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016-2019)
Monday, March 22, 2021 8pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8pm
May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, only the second woman in British history to hold that position. Mrs. May became Prime Minster after the historic Brexit referendum and shares unique insight about how politics, technology and business intersect at a time of profound global change.

bill nye BILL NYE
The Science Guy
Friday, April 23, 2021 8pm
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8pm
Widely known as Bill Nye The Science Guy, Nye is a television personality, best-selling author, and CEO of The Planetary Society. True to his personal mission, he helps foster a scientifically literate society, using his infectious blend of curiosity and humor to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.