Riverside Theatre Distinguished Lecturer Series

Welcome to Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lecturer Series  


The longest continuously-running lecture series in Vero Beach.

The Riverside Theatre Distinguished Lecturer Series is proud of the tradition it established 18 years ago for bringing the finest and most diversified guest lecturers to one of the preeminent theatre locations on the Treasure Coast. We invite you to join us this season as we celebrate our rich and notable past, and our exciting future.

Celebrating its 18th season in 2017, the Distinguished Lecturer Series at Riverside Theatre is Vero Beach’s premiere lecture series. Distinguished Lecturer Series is a forerunner in the presentation of relevant topics focused on national and global affairs and presented by distinguished experts who bring with them unique insight.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series features four speakers and is typically held during the months of January through April. Each speaker gives two lectures, one at 4 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., both followed by a time of Q&A. Each lecture is given to an audience of approximately 675 subscribers in the Stark theatre, and to an audience of 200 watching each lecture by simulcast in the Waxlax theatre. A reception is usually held immediately following the first lecture, which allows attendees to interact directly with the guest speaker.

Not only does the Distinguished Lecturer Series enrich our community through stimulating and thought-provoking lectures, the series itself plays an important role as a major fundraiser for Riverside Theatre. Located on the barrier island in Vero Beach, Florida, and overlooking the Indian River Lagoon, Riverside Theatre is the largest producing theater in Florida.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers and may do so in advance by contacting the Distinguished Lecturer Series committee via the Contact Us section of our website.

Upcoming Speakers:

Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks – January 23, 2017
President of the American Enterprise Institute

This economist and best-selling author explains why the conventional wisdom about capitalism is precisely backwards, and how each of us can fight to share the fruits of free enterprise with poor and vulnerable people.



Bob Woodward – February 6, 2017

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of government, politics and the role of leadership.

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