- Jon Meacham, "Franklin and Winston: Leadership Lessons for Today
- Terry Waite "Iraq, Guantanamo and Human Rights"
- Elie Wiesel, "An afternoon with Elie Wiesel"
- Coleman Barks, "Rumi's Work with Community"
- Richard Rodriguez, "Brown: The Last Discovery of America"
- Shashi Tharoor, "From Midnight to Millennium: Democracy and Identity in Today's India"
- Susan Landry, "Creating Family and School Environments that Support School Readiness for Young Children"
- Louise Leakey, "Origins and Evolution: In Search of How We Became Human"
- Garrison Keillor, "An Evening with Garrison Keillor"
- Gordon Shaw, "Keeping Mozart in Mind"
- Susan Sontag, "Regarding Other People's Pain: War and the Visual Arts"
- Carol Etherington, "Childhood Interrupted by War and Disaster"
- Randall L. Kennedy, "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word"'
- Betty Williams, "Creating Safe Havens for the World's Children"
- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, "Speak Truth to Power"
- Gen. Wesley Clark, "Waging Modern War"
- Edward Albee, "The Playwright vs. The Theater"
- Michael Berube, "Disability and Democracy"
- Gregory Pence and Nigel M. De S. Cameron, "Cloning Debate"
- Mae Jemison, "An Evening with Mae Jemison"
- Janet Reno, "The Legal Profession as Problem Solvers and Peacemakers"
- Richard C. Holbrooke, "AIDS: The Humanitarian Crisis"
- Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former president of Costa Rica, "The Struggle for Peace in the New Millennium"
- Ernest Gaines, writer, "Gaines on Gaines"
- Dwight Duncan & Richard Mohr, "Who Should be Allowed to Marry: The Same Sex Marriage Debate"
- Stephanie Guttmann, freelance journalist and writer, "The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can It Fight?"
- Jon Entine & Kenneth Shropshire, "Taboo; Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It"
- Sarah Weddington, attorney, schlor and writer, "Some Leaders are Born Women"
- The Capitol Steps, "The Lighter Side of Politics"
- The Raoul Wallenber Humanitarian Lecture: Dr. Patch Adams, Professional clown and founder of the Gesundheit Institute
- Greta von Susteren, Legal analyst for CNN and co-host of Burden of Proof
- Robert Zubrin, a member of NASA's Mars Exploration Long Term strategy working group and proponent of the colonization of Mars, and author of The Case for Mars...
- Shay Banks-Young and Julia Jefferson Westerinen, great-great-great grandaughters of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings
- Naomi Wolf, feminist, author and social critic
- David Horowitz, radical activist in the 1960's New-Left and now crusader against the corrosive effects of leftism on culture.
- Lynne V. Cheney, Former Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Sir Ghillean Prance, F.R.S., Plant taxonomist, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Reverend Al Sharpton, Civil rights activist, and President of the National Action Network and Director of the National Rainbow Coalition's Minister's Division
- Nat Hentoff, Syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, author and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.
- Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, Former U.S. Surgeon General, the first African-American woman appointed to the position
- Barbara Ehrenreich, Renowned social critic, author and political and social essayist
- The Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Lecture: Kati Marton, Journalist, author and Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists
- William F. Buckley, Award winning author and founding father of the modern conservative thought in America. He's hosted TV's Firing Line since 1965 and has been the editor of National Review for 42 years.
- Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Former United States Chief of Naval Operations, author, and Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation.
- Ariana Huffington, Conservative political analyst, advisor and frequent guest on political talk shows.
- Nadine Strossen, First woman president of the ACLU. She is also a law professor and author of two books, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex and the Fight for Women's Rights and Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex.
- Ralph Wiley, African-American author, wrote Why Black People Tend to Shout, What Black People Should Do Now. Also co-authored By Any Means Necessary-(with Spike Lee). Latest book due this spring is Best Seat in the House with Spike Lee.
- LouAnne Johnson, Teacher of at-risk high school students and real life heroine of the movie, Dangerous Minds.
- Bettina Gregory, Senior news correspondent for ABC. Her reports have appeared on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America and Nightline.
- Pierre Salinger, Former press secretary to President Kennedy, international journalist Norman Myers, Ph.D., Highly honored consultant in environment and development issues focusing on the interface between scientific research and public policy.
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Globally recognized psychosexual therapist who helped to pioneer the field of media psychology through radio, television, home video, computer software and the Internet.
- Morris Dees, Lawyer, author and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center known for battling racially motivated crimes in the courtroom.
- Julian Bond, Active leader in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace.
- Phyllis Schlafly, Lawyer, author, columnist, radio commentator; president of the conservative pro-family organization, Eagle Forum; and leading critic of the feminist movement.
- Cathy Rigby, Olympic gymnast; also conquered severe eating disorders to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer.
- Charles Murray. Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life and Alvin Poussaint, M.D.. Expert on race relations and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School.
- Lillian Vernon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lillian Vernon Corporation
- Dr. William Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA
- Ralph Reed, Jr., Executive Director, Christian Coalition
- Benjamin Karim, Former Assistant Minister for Malcolm X
- Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, Highest ranking officer to challenge the military's anti-gay policy. Author of Serving in Silence
- Molly Ivins, Nationally syndicated columnist and political writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram