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2023 Keynote Speakers

New this year, Lakeside welcomes nationally recognized authors and thought leaders to Hoover Auditorium. This speaker series, held on select weekday evenings, inspires learning, mutual understanding and an open exchange of ideas. Topics range from sports, sustainability and space exploration to history, kindness and entomology. 

Scott Simon

John Gable | Tuesday, June 6

Gable is the founder and CEO of AllSides.com, which builds better understanding across divides, and offers a unique combination of technology and politics. 

He started in tech 24 years ago by joining the original Microsoft Office team, then became the project management team lead for Netscape Navigator.  

Gable was previously a Republican operative, working for three Senate majority leaders (Howard Baker, Trent Lott and Mitch McConnell), the Republican National Committee and George H.W. Bush. 

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Clark Kellogg | Tuesday, June 13

Kellogg joined CBS full-time in 1997 as a studio/game analyst for college basketball coverage. He called his first Final Four and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in April 2009. Upon partnering with Jim Nantz on the lead college basketball announce team, Kellogg was only the second CBS Sports lead college game analyst since Billy Packer joined the Network in 1982. Kellogg returned to the studio as an analyst for the NCAA Tournament in 2014.  

From 1990-1997, Kellogg served as an analyst for ESPN’s regular-season basketball coverage. He has been a television analyst for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers broadcasts since 1990. 

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Dr. Robert Putnam | Tuesday, June 20

Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, having retired from active teaching in May 2018. Raised in Port Clinton, he was educated at Swarthmore, Oxford and Yale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy and past president of the American Political Science Association. 

Putnam has written 15 books, translated into 20 languages. In his most recent book, The Upswing, released in October 2020, Putnam analyzes a remarkable confluence of trends that brought us from an “I” society to a “We” society and then back again. 

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Dr. Adam Met | Tuesday, June 27

Met’s interests bridge the worlds of music, sustainability, law, academia, policy, marketing and technology.   

As the bassist for AJR, he has traveled the world on sold-out tours, achieved platinum certifications and recorded a repertoire of music that has garnered more than 2.5 billion streams worldwide.  

As the founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Partners, Inc., Met leads a nonprofit that addresses climate change systems through media, academic research fellowships and incentive-based initiatives. 

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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan | Wednesday, July 5

Sullivan is a geologist, astronaut and oceanographer who was the first American woman to walk in space, the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench (the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans) and is the first and only person to do both. She flew on three shuttle missions, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sullivan’s book Handprints of Hubble was named one of the best biographies of 2020.

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Jemar Tisby | Tuesday, July 11

Tisby credits the beginnings of his faith journey to a friend from high school who was an evangelist at the age of 15. He invited Tisby to go to his white, evangelical youth group with him. Tisby started going because it was a social outlet. Over time, the youth pastor’s messages really sunk in and helped Tisby see the attraction to this new way of life.  

While getting his degree at the University of Notre Dame, Tisby began attending his first explicitly reformed Christian church. At most services, he was the only Black person in the congregation. The book-by-book and verse-by-verse exposition of scripture scratched an intellectual itch he had for understanding Christianity.  

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Steve Hartman | Tuesday, July 18

Steve Hartman, Emmy Award-winning “CBS Evening News” contributor and longtime Lakesider, will share some of his favorite stories of youth who have made a big difference in the world.

Hartman travels the country for his weekly feature, “On the Road,” airing Fridays on “CBS Evening News” and repeats on “CBS Sunday Morning.” 

Hartman is also known for his award-winning, “Everybody Has a Story.” In this series, Hartman would throw a dart at a map and then randomly choose an interview subject from the local phone book. Running for seven years beginning in 1998, Hartman produced more than 120 pieces in this series. 

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Scott Simon | Tuesday, July 25

Simon is the host of “Weekend Edition Saturday” and is one of the hosts of NPR’s morning news podcast “Up First.” He has reported from all 50 states, five continents and covered 10 wars. His books have chronicled war and peace, sports and art, and tragedy and comedy.  

Simon has won every major award in broadcasting, including Peabody, Emmy, Columbia-DuPont, Ohio State Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Sidney Hillman Award. 

Simon has hosted many television specials, including PBS’s “State of Mind,” “Voices of Vision” and “Need to Know.” “The Paterson Project” won a national Emmy, as did his two-hour special from the Rio Earth Summit meeting.  

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