• Kofi Annan - Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997 - 2006), Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
  • Tony Blair - Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997 - 2007)
  • Steve Lopez - Author of the 2009 UB Reads Selection - "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, An Unlikely Friendship, and The Redemptive Power of Music" and LA Times Columnist
  • Cornel West* - Scholar, Public Intellectual and Best-Selling Author
  • Margaret Atwood - Booker Prize-Winning, Best-Selling Author
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist, Host of PBS's "NOVA scienceNOW," F.P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, and Best-Selling Author
  • Bill Maher - Political Satirist, Host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and Best-Selling Author

* Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker