Pitt picks up sponsorship of Pittsburgh Speakers Series

The Pittsburgh Speakers Series, which had been presented by Robert Morris University since 2002, has a new sponsor — the University of Pittsburgh.

RMU ended their presenting sponsorship of the series earlier this year as part of cost-saving initiatives, which also included cutting its Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.

The series, which hosts seven speakers at Heinz Hall each season, has hosted celebrities from a variety of fields, including Bill Clinton, Walter Kronkite, Henry Kissinger, Robert Redford, Alan Alda, Diana Nyad, Bob Woodward, David Cameron, Newt Gingrich and Jason Alexander, who spoke on Oct. 6 in a show postponed from the 2020-21 series.

Tickets for the series are only sold as a seven-date subscription, ranging from $345 to $485. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required to attend all 2021 events and will continue into 2022 until further notice.

This year’s speakers include:

Oct. 27: John Bolton, former national security advisor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Nov. 10: Platon, a photographer whose portraits of world leaders have been featured on over 25 Time magazine covers.

Jan. 5, 2022: Walter Isaacson, historian, author and professor

Feb. 2: Tarana Burke: “Me Too” movement founder

Feb. 23: Jamie Metzl, genetic engineering expert and author

March 16: Theresa May, former prime minister of the United Kingdom

April 6: Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Other sponsors for the Pittsburgh Speakers Series are KDKA radio and financial firm UBS.

— Susan Jones


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