Barbara Corcoran

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Tucker Carlson and James Carville

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


General Stanley McChrystal

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Partial List of Past Norfolk Forum Speakers
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Alex Haley
  • President George H. W. Bush
  • General Colin Powell
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick
  • Bill Moyers
  • Ogden Nash
  • Vincent Price
  • Pearl Bailey
  • Will Durant
  • Russell Baker
  • Barbara Walters
  • Cokie Roberts
  • H. Ross Perot
  • Tom Wolfe
  • Dave Barry
  • Jane Goodall
  • Mark Russell
  • Walter Cronkite
  • James Lovell
  • Kenneth Starr
  • Andrew Young
  • F. W. de Klerk
  • The Capital Gang
  • Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Philippe de Montebello
  • Elizabeth Dole
  • Dan Rather
  • Gary Trudeau
  • David Breshears
  • John Major
  • Robert Dole
  • Benjamin C. Bradlee
  • Mario Cuomo
  • James Carville & Mary Matalin
  • Brian Mulroney
  • Siskel & Ebert
  • Ken Burns
  • Peter Lynch
  • Peter Ueberroth
  • Robert McNeil
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Robert Bork
  • Tom Brokaw
  • Dr. C. Everett Koop
  • Ann Landers
  • Ralph Nader
  • Clarence Page
  • Edward Koch
  • President Gerald Ford
  • Tip O’Neill
  • The Capitol Steps
  • David Brinkley
  • George Plimpton
  • Warren E. Burger
  • George Will
  • David McCullough
  • Sander Vanocur
  • Abigail VanBuren
  • William F. Buckley
  • Jayne Meadows
  • Beverly Sills
  • Charles McDowell
  • Larry King
  • William H. Webster
  • Mortimer Adler
  • Helen Thomas
  • Charles Kuralt
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • Sam J. Ervin
  • Robert Pierpoint
  • George Gallup
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Jody Powell
  • Ray Brady
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Jack Anderson
  • Charles Osgood
  • Vincent Bugliosi
  • Art Buchwald
  • Howard K. Smith
  • Harry Reasoner
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • Ray Bolger
  • Celeste Holm
  • Elmo Zumwalt
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Mike Krzyzewski
  • Robert Reich
  • Al Gore
  • J.C. Watts
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Karen Armstrong
  • Ehud Barak
  • Andrea Mitchell
  • Rob Fisher
  • Admiral Joseph W. Prueher
  • Ted C. Fishman
  • Bill Moyers
  • Governor Mark Warner
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Bob Schieffer
  • Queen Noor
  • Thomas Friedman
  • Tim Russert
  • James A. Baker III
  • David Sokol
  • Jeff Shaara
  • Angela Braly
  • General Richard Myers
  • Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Lou Holtz
  • Elias Zerhouni
  • Jon Meacham
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Jim Webb
  • Daniel H. Pink
  • Dave Barry
  • Tony Blair
  • Edward Ayers
  • Frank Deford
  • Jeb Bush
  • Robert Gates
  • George Will
  • Ted Mathas
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Malcolm Gladwell with Adam Gopnik
  • Bob Woodward
  • Platon
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Sanjay Gupta
  • Marcus Luttrell
  • Nancy Brinker
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Jay Bilas and Jay Williams and Shane Battier
The Norfolk Forum – A History in Brief

It began simply enough: during the Great Depression. A small group of citizens, wanting to learn more about the great affairs of the time, started a public lecture series. At a spring garden party in 1933, after an enthusiastic presentation by the founders, about 100 charter members signed on. A public campaign followed, with an enrollment booth in the lobby of Smith and Welton, the venerable downtown department store. A season’s ticket for all four speakers cost $1.00. They sold out the first year. The idea was to bring to Norfolk four speakers a year “to present to potential members a series of lectures from eminent individuals covering cultural, literary, and governmental issues before the nation.” And so it remains today. The Norfolk Forum is now believed to be the oldest continuous public lecture series in the United States.

On October 29, 1933, the first speaker was Henry T. Rainey, Democrat of Illinois and Speaker of the House, who came to explain the fine points of the New Deal to subscribers at Blair Junior High’s auditorium. In an unbroken chain, The Norfolk Forum has presented at least four speakers each year since.

A look back at the list of presenters shows philosophers, educators, consumer advocates, authors, historians, futurists, judges, musical revues, ambassadors, financial wizards, rocket scientists, war correspondents, foreign affairs experts, film critics, a self-described spy, and even a con man: the diverse speakers have aroused, amused, inspired, provoked and amazed us for 78 years. The formula remains simple. It’s still the best ticket in town.

The Norfolk Forum reserves the right to substitute in the event any announced speaker does not appear.