Speaker Series

2017 Speaker Information Coming this Spring

Speaker Series: An Evening With…

In addition to philanthropic support, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation has sponsored speaking events called “An Evening With….” since 1993. The Foundation has hosted 23 national and international speakers who all have a vision for the future, promote understanding and awareness in the world, and who may be an inspiration to the people of Rapid City and the surrounding area.

The Foundation seeks speakers of national and international reputation, who have made significant contributions in their respective fields to come to Rapid City to share their ideas.

Ticket sales cover only a small portion of the cost of these events. The balance is paid for by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation and is a gift to the people of this community.


Past Speakers Include:

2016

Itzhak Perlman, Virtuoso of the Violin

2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and host of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

2014

David Brooks, New York Times Columnist and Author

2013

Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple, Inc.

2012

Robert Gates, Former Secretary of Defense

2010

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Legendary Duke Basketball Coach

2009

Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Best Selling Authors of Freakonomics

2008

Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), Former Commander of U.S. Central Command

2007

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author & Presidential Historian

2006

John Walsh, Host of America’s Most Wanted

2005

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist

2004

Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

2003

Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

2002

Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel

2001

Dr. Beck Weathers, Mt. Everest Survivor

2000

Dr. James Watson, Scientist & Nobel Prize Winner

1999

Carol Burnett, Comedian

1998

F.W. deKlerk, Former President of South Africa
Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State

1997

Dr. Jane Goodall, PhD, CBE Primetologist

1996

Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Supreme Court Justice

1995

Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Dr. Bernie Siegel, Physician , Author

1994

Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Britain

1993

Carl Sagan, American Astronomer