Southeast Missouri State University is proud to present the University Speakers Series featuring men and women from the forefront of their respected fields. These leaders in political and social issues will offer their compelling stories to the campus community at Southeast, inspiring visionary ideas for tomorrow's leaders.

University tickets are free (unless otherwise noted) with Redhawks ID in the University Center-Center for Student Involvement (UC 204) and the Show Me Center Box Office. General public tickets are $10 (unless otherwise noted) and available at and the Show Me Center Box Office.

List of 2015-2016 Speakers

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Jeff Bauman

Beyond the Finish Line: A Conversation with Jeff Bauman

Sunday, September 13, 2015
2:00 p.m., Academic Hall Auditorium

On April 15, 2013, Bauman stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon eagerly awaiting his girlfriend Erin. As he waited, an ominous looking man dressed in dark clothing appeared. The man who seemed so out of place on such a festive day dropped a black backpack only a few feet from Bauman and moments later, the first of two explosions rocked Boylston Street.

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Fareed Zakaria

In Defense of a Liberal Education

Monday, October 5, 2015
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

Host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” contributing editor at “The Atlantic,” and “Washington Post” columnist Fareed Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. “Esquire” magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”

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Carli Lloyd

An Evening with Carli Lloyd

Monday, November 2, 2015
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Lloyd holds the distinction of scoring the game-winning goals in the finals at both the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. She represented the United States at the past three Women's World Cup tournaments, and in 2015, Lloyd led the U.S. team in record-setting fashion, bringing the World Cup back to the U.S. for the first time since 1999.

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Wes Moore

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
6:00 p.m., Show Me Center

An incredibly successful and sought-after speaker, Moore entrances audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire, engage and captivate. He has been featured by USA Today, TIME magazine, People magazine, “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report,” MSNBC and NPR, among many other media outlets. Moore is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS’s “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

The "King of Conscious Hip Hop," Common is one of music's most poetic and respected lyricists. Over the course of nine albums, his introspective rhymes have pushed boundaries with their incisive social commentary. From “Can I Borrow a Dollar?” to “BE” and “Finding Forever” along with his Grammy-nominated collaborations with Kanye West, Common has spent 16 years in the notoriously fickle world of hip hop by taking risks and staying one step ahead of the game.

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Bethany Hamilton

An Evening with Bethany Hamilton

Monday, April 4, 2016
7:30 p.m., Show Me Center

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, health, and hope. Born into a family of surfers, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, where she won both the short and long board divisions. This sparked a love for surf competition within her spirit. At the age of 13, Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. However, with a positive attitude and faith in God, she returned to competition one month later to continue pursuing her goal of becoming a professional surfer.