The 47th Annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May 2015, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.
The lineup for the 2014-2015 season:
• Bill Nye, Oct. 22-24. Known as “The Science Guy,” Nye is a science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer and scientist who began his career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing Co.
• Robert Gates, Nov. 19-21. Gates was U.S. Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He previously served as director of the CIA and president of Texas A&M University.
• Anderson Cooper, Jan. 21-23. The journalist, author and CNN news anchor aims to go beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view. He travels around the world to film human-interest stories.
• Platon, Feb. 18-20. The award-winning photographer has taken photos of many presidents and world-famous people. He will show his photos and share anecdotes about his subjects.
• Walter Isaacson, March 25-27. Isaacson wrote “Steve Jobs” (Simon & Schuster, 2011), the only authorized biography of the late Apple Inc. co-founder.
• Soledad O’Brien, April 22-24. O’Brien is a broadcast journalist, executive producer and philanthropist. Last year she launched Starfish Media Group, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories.
• Alan Alda, May 13-15. The actor is best known for starring as Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV series M*A*S*H.
All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
For tickets and more information, visit celebrityforum.net.