Beacon Salon Speaker Series

Beacon Salon - Speaker SeriesENGAGE. ENGROSS. EDIFY.

In its third year, the Beacon Salon Speaker Series at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. is the school’s educational outreach program that brings speakers and performers from Florida and around the nation to educate, edify, and entertain by exploring Florida history, waxing poetic, delving into popular culture, and gripping the political third rail. Channeling its ethos from the Parisian salons of the Enlightenment, the Speaker Series honors the college’s duty as an institution of higher learning to uplift the community in which it operates and spark engagement and sow seeds of discovery and conversation.

All programs are held at 7 p.m. at various venues. The series is free and open to the public — and includes free catered heavy appetizers.

Salon Speaker Series - Ritz Chamber Players

Beacon Salon

August 28, 2019 at 7:00pm
A Night of Chamber Music with the Ritz Chamber Players

Salon Speaker Series - Seth Bramson

Seth Bramson

September 25, 2019 at 7:00pm
Florida and the Three Henrys: The Three Great Henrys who Built Florida

Salon Speaker Series - Jen Atkins

Jen Atkins

October 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
The Secret Side of Mardi Gras: Carnival Balls, 1870-1920

Salon Speaker Series - Mike Tougias

Michael Tougias

November 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
JFK and The Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Salon Speaker Series - Everett Spruill

Everett Spruill

December 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
The Art of Jazz and Blues and Rock and Soul

Salon Speaker Series - Kimberly Wilmot Voss

Kimberly Wilmot Voss

January 22, 2020 at 7:00pm
Politicking Politely: Well-behaved Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s.

Salon Speaker Series - Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott

February 26, 2020 at 7:00pm
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Salon Speaker Series - Dawn Prince-Hughes

Dawn Prince-Hughes

March 4, 2020 at 7:00pm

Salon Speaker Series - Byron Motley

Byron Motley

April 8, 2020 at 7:00pm
The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy

Beacon Salon Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, however, donations are welcome to help defray the cost of speaker fees, catering, travel/lodging/transportation for out-of-town speakers, and venue costs. Sponsorships also are available for the entire series or individual events. To make a donation or to inquire about sponsorships, please contact

For speakers interested in presenting, please use our Beacon Salon Series Submission form.