Past Speakers

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

  • Michael Sandel
  • Alan Alda
  • James Balog
  • PM Julia Gillard
  • Russell Wilson & Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

2014-2015

  • Diana Nyad
  • Garry Trudeau
  • Gen. Keith Alexander & Robert Mueller
  • Dr. Ben Bernanke
  • Dr. Daniel J. Levitin & Rosanne Cash

2013-2014

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf & Maajid Nawaz
  • Dan Buettner
  • President George W. Bush
  • PM Gordon Brown
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short
Tim Reid, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Steven Spielberg and Doris Kearns Goodwin backstage at The Richmond Forum. January 5, 2013.

2012-2013

  • Platon
  • Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin & Tony Kushner
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Captain Mark Kelly & Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
  • Dr. Jane Goodall

2011-2012

  • Dr. Robert Ballard
  • Dr. Robert Gates
  • Quincy Jones
  • Charles Krauthammer & Robert Reich
  • Sir Ken Robinson & Rafe Esquith
First Lady Laura Bush. January 15, 2011.

2010-2011

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Laura Bush
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Dr. George Church
  • David Blaine

2009-2010

  • Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Greg Mortenson
  • David Plouffe
  • Steve Forbes
  • Condoleezza Rice
Prime Minister Tony Blair. November 1, 2008.

2008-2009

  • PM Tony Blair
  • Reza Aslan & Jon Meacham
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Terry Bradshaw & Howie Long
  • Michael Pollan & Marion Nestle

2007-2008

  • President Vicente Fox
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Michael Douglas
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • David Brooks
B.B. King with then Forum President Ed Rucker. February 17, 2007.

2006-2007

  • Burt Rutan
  • Malcolm Gladwell & Alvin Toffler
  • B.B. King
  • Jim Lehrer
  • Dr. Jared Diamond

2005-2006

  • Robert Redford
  • Sherry Lansing
  • Ret. General Colin Powell
  • Tom Wolfe
  • Rick Wagoner

2004-2005

  • General Tommy Franks
  • Michael Beschloss & Walter Isaacson
  • Tim Russert
  • Fareed Zakaria
  • Frank Gehry
Cal Ripken, Jr. with a young Russell Wilson (left). January 15, 2003.

2003-2004

  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Robert Shiller & Jeremy Siegel
  • Candice Bergen
  • PM Mary Robinson
  • Thomas L. Friedman
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Queen Noor with Gwen Ifill. February 15, 2002.

2002-2003

  • Ken Burns
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani
  • PM Benazir Bhutto & Queen Noor with Gwen Ifill
  • Louis Freeh
  • Senator Fred Thompson

2001-2002

  • Hal Holbrook
  • Rabbi Marc Gellman & Monsignor Thomas Hartman
  • Dick Clark
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin & David McCullough
  • Madeleine Albright & James A. Baker III with Gwen Ifill
Benjamin Netanyahu with David Schorr. February 17, 2001.

2000-2001

  • Senator John Glenn
  • Tom Brokaw
  • PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Daniel Schorr
  • Frank McCourt
  • Dr. William Kelso
Archbishop Desmond Tutu. March 18, 2000.

1999-2000

  • Julie Andrews
  • Todd Brewster & Peter Jennings
  • Ray Brady, Michael Connors & John Krubski
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • James Carville & Newt Gingrich with Tim Russert

1998-1999

  • PM John Major
  • Robert S. Bennett & Dr. William Bennett with Tim Russert
  • Harry S. Dent, Jr. & Lou Dobbs
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Dr. Robert Ballard & Jean Michel-Cousteau

1997-1998

  • Bill Moyers
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • PM Shimon Peres
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Peter Lynch

1996-1997

  • Carl Reiner & Dick Cavett
  • Ray Brady with Paul A. Volcker
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin & David McCullough
  • Sir David Frost interviews Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Marcia Clark, Philip K. Howard, Prof. Arthur Miller, Dr. Rodney Smolla & Kym Worthy

1995-1996

  • PM Brian Mulroney & Ambassador Carla Hills
  • Neil Armstrong, Captain Eugene Cernan, David Hartman & Dick Rutan
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Charles Kuralt
  • Ed Bradley, David Gergen, Pierre Salinger, Sheila Tate & Bob Woodward

1994-1995

  • General Colin Powell
  • Walter Cronkite with Judy Woodruff
  • Dave Barry
  • Tom Clancy
  • Jack Kemp & Senator George Mitchell
President George H.W. Bush. Feburary 19, 1994.

1993-1994

  • Lamar Alexander, Marvin Cetron, Senator Warren Rudman & Chris Wallace
  • Louis Rukeyser with Frank Cappiello and Michael Holland
  • President George Bush
  • Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Bob Newhart

1992-1993

  • Terry Anderson
  • Hiroki Kato and T. Boone Pickens
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • Bill Cosby
  • President Mikhail Gorbachev with Cokie Roberts
Larry King with Norman Schwarzkopf. February 22, 1992.

1991-1992

  • Barbara Walters
  • PM Margaret Thatcher
  • Larry King with General Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Patricia Cornwell, Dr. Victor McKusick & Dr. Marc Micozzi
  • Mark Russell

1990-1991

  • Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
  • Admiral William Crowe, General Alexander Haig, Robert McFarlane & Edwin Newman
  • H. Ross Perot
  • Art Buchwald & Andy Rooney
  • James Burke, Dr. Frank Drake & James Lovell

1990

  • Paul Duke, Howard Fineman & Charles McDowell
  • Frank Carlucci, Bettina Gregory, George McGovern, William Proxmire & William Rusher
  • Mike Wallace
  • Alistair Cooke
Henry Kissinger with John Chancellor. February 25, 1989.

1989

  • Sam Donaldson
  • Henry Kissinger with John Chancellor
  • William Buckley & Charles Rangel
  • Dr. Carl Sagan
Oprah Winfrey. January 24, 1988.

1988

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • George Will
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick & Vladimir Pozner with Marvin Kalb
  • Art Buchwald
Ted Koppel presents the first Forum program “News and the News Makers” on January 24, 1987.

1987

  • Ted Koppel
  • Hodding Carter, Paul Duke & Larry Speakes
  • Diane Sawyer with General Brent Scowcroft
  • Charles Kuralt