Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, "Barefoot Contessa" chef Ina Garten and former Vice President Al Gore head the lineup for the Sacramento Speaker Series in 2013-14.
Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, diet and health savant Andrew Weil and crisis-management expert Judith Smith round out the speakers' list.
Mitchell Ostwald, attorney and managing principal of the series, announced the lineup Tuesday. The series brings top-tier professionals from the arts, sciences, media and other fields to Sacramento to speak about their careers and issues of the day, and answer questions from the audience.
Among last season's speakers were former President Bill Clinton and paleontologist Louise Leakey.
"We really listen to our patrons' feedback and suggestions, and some themes have emerged," Ostwald said. "They want politics, technology, and health and well-being. We've assembled an incredible group of big names who represent that."
Each of the six events will start at 8 p.m. at the Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Subscriptions to the community lecture series are priced at four levels, from $210 to $450. For tickets and more information: (916) 388-1100, www.sacramentospeakers.com.
Here's the lineup:
Oct. 1: Steve Wozniak dropped out of college to help pioneer the personal computer. His current passion is fostering learning and creativity in schools.
Nov. 12: Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Gore devotes much of his time to his Climate Reality Project.
Jan. 7: Adm. Michael Mullen served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Jan. 21: Andrew Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. His book "Why Our Health Matters" offers a new model for personal health care.
Feb. 18: Judith Smith is a TV producer and crisis-management expert who served as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush. The ABC series "Scandal" is partly based on her résumé.
April 1: Ina Garten is a Food Network celebrity chef ("Barefoot Contessa") and cookbook author.
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