Now more than ever, Americans watch from the sidelines as professional athletes, particularly pro football players, become the topic of breaking news and the source of fervent political discussions.
On September 24, New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of This Town, Mark Leibovich, will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a noon luncheon and book signing at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to discuss one of our nation’s greatest pastimes and its rising influence in American culture.
Like millions of Americans, Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he’d care to admit. However, he mostly kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering what he calls “the other playground for rich and overgrown children,” American politics.
However, in Summer 2014, after repeated Hail Mary attempts to reach Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile, Leibovich found himself at the start of a four-year odyssey that took him deeper inside the National Football League (NFL) than anyone has gone before. From the owners’ meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, Leibovich has taken in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
In his latest book, BIG GAME, Leibovich chronicles “peak football” – the high point of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the time when the dark side began to show. With increased attention brought to concussions and the NFL’s ongoing culture war with the “take a knee” movement, Leibovich will shed light on the protests, backlash and presidential interference that has exposed fault lines within the sport that are all too similar to those found in today’s society.
Tickets for this event will go on sale Monday, August 13, and may be purchased on the Forum Club’s website along with copies of BIG GAME, which will also be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on Monday, October 15, to share his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history.
With today’s headlines filled with debates about presidential abuse of power, sexual harassment, and what actions actually justify impeachment, Starr’s insights have become more relevant than ever. While the story has been told from a variety of perspectives, including journalists, pundits, and various participants, the prosecutor at the center of the storm has kept relatively silent… until now.
Starr will finally share his unique perspective on the investigation that began with the Whitewater land deal and spread to a wide range of President Clinton’s actions, including accusations of sexual harassment and perjury in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. His narrative includes behind-the-scenes details that have never before emerged, as well as a new analysis from the perspective of history.
Starr served as independent counsel, investigating the Clinton Administration, from 1994 to 1999. His legal career also includes service as Solicitor General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush, a federal court of appeals judge nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. He served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016 and as Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law from 2004 to 2010.
The noon luncheon and book signing will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Tickets will go on sale September 17th and can be purchased on the Forum Club’s website along with copies of Starr’s Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation, which will also be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
On Monday, November 26th, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will present Judge Rosemary Barkett, who will discuss her current role as a Judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal was created as one of the measures taken to resolve relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America arising out of the November 1979 hostage crisis at the United States Embassy in Tehran, and the subsequent freezing of Iranian assets by the United States of America.
Judge Barkett’s impressive 30-year judicial career began in 1979 when Florida Governor Bob Graham appointed her as a state trial court judge, later elevating her in 1984 to the state’s intermediate appellate court before ultimately appointing her to the Florida Supreme Court. She is the first woman Justice in the Florida Supreme Court’s history, as well as Florida’s first woman Chief Justice – a post her colleagues elected her to serve in on July 1, 1992.
Immediately prior to joining the Tribunal in October 2013, Judge Barkett served for two decades as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to which she was nominated by President William J. Clinton. While serving on the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Barkett authored a wide array of landmark opinions, including intellectual property, antitrust, contract product liability, breach of contract, employer-employee relations, land condemnation, racketeering and corruption, banks and banking regulations, as well as constitutional law, labor law, and criminal appeals.
She has also received many honors and awards for her work as a judge and as an individual committed to improving justice, including the 2017 Prominent Woman in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law, the 2008 Legal Legend Award from Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society, The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Latin Business and Professional Women Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
The noon luncheon event will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, October 16th.