2015-2016 Speaker Series Announced For The Economic Club Of Southwestern Michigan

Apple Computer, Inc. Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Is First Guest Oct. 20

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan announced its 2015-2016 Speakers Series today. Club President Mike Cook said that Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc., is the first guest, Oct. 20. Others on the roster include political columnist George Will, Pulitzer-prize winning syndicated columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer, Presidential historian and Pulitzer-prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and best-selling author David McCullough and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak has significantly shaped how we work and communicate. With his Apple I invention he and Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. in 1976. A year later, his Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Today he continues his passion for innovation as chief scientist at Primary Data, a data virtualization company. As a philanthropist, Wozniak has helped to improve computer capabilities and hands-on learning in schools. The Club will welcome his founding father's perspective on technology history and trends.

George Will will address The Club Nov. 4. When it comes to political insight, few columnists rival his witty, trenchant and always-informed commentary on politics, the economy and American society. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer is our nation's most widely read political columnist. His syndicated, twice-weekly Washington Post column appears in nearly 475 newspapers in the U.S. and Europe. He's a regular commentator on Fox's daytime and primetime news programming and is a prolific author. Will's timely visit in the heat of the Presidential race will give up-to-the-minute insights into the candidates and issues.

Closing up the fall session, Charles Krauthammer will speak Nov. 18. His insightful commentary fuels national discussions surrounding the economy, bioethics, the Middle East and the U.S. presidential candidates. Dr. Krauthammer's Washington Post column won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and he's now syndicated in 400 newspapers worldwide. He also gives nightly commentary on Fox's evening news program, "Special Report with Bret Baier." His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, was a number one New York Times best seller and has sold more than a million copies. Members can expect his talk to stimulate thinking and dialogue.

Doris Kearns Goodwin will open the spring session April 20. She is a master storyteller with an uncanny gift for detail when it comes to relaying the trials and tribulations of the people who have, and are, shaping the U.S. presidency. Her writing has been described as deftly putting readers "right in the room" as history occurs. Business and political leaders often use one of her best-selling books, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, to teach quiet but powerful leadership qualities. Her speech will offer an enthralling commentary on the lessons that can be learned from the White House.

May 18, David McCullough will join The Club. A citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale describes this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character." McCullough has written 10 acclaimed books (all still in print) that cover topics such as John Adams, Harry S. Truman and most recently the Wright Brothers. A gifted speaker, he will share his passion for history and why it matters today.

The Club's series will conclude with Madeleine Albright on June 9. Albright was the first female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001) She is also the recipient of America's highest civilian honor, the U.S. Medal of Freedom. During her service, her candor strengthened America's alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights and championed American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad. Her visit to Southwestern Michigan will bring a frank analysis of the options President Obama faces as the U.S. confronts war in the Middle East, unrest in Africa, Iran's nuclear ambitions and security issues on domestic turf.

The Economic Club meetings are open to members only. Cook said membership renewal is now open for Upton Hall and Mainstage Auditorium members until noon, Oct. 12. New memberships also are available this year and interested people are encouraged to sign up by noon, Oct. 12 at www.TheEconClub.com

Anyone wishing more information about The Club may visit the website, email info@TheEconClub.com or call 269-982-6010.

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