Lowcountry Speaker Series Remains Committed to its Mission - Launches Fall 2020 Virtual Program

Staff Report

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Although large-scale, in-person events have come to a halt globally, with no clear indication of when face-to-face conversations will resume, the Lowcountry Speaker Series’ doors are open. The Lowcountry Speaker Series remains committed to its mission of providing thought-provoking content from today’s most influential leaders and storytellers, regardless of medium.

While the safety and welfare of our guests are of the utmost importance, and every precaution will be taken when scheduling and producing future in-person events, the Lowcountry Speaker Series is pleased to announce two virtual lectures this fall.

COVID-19 and social justice have dominated the global narrative, so the first two virtual events will feature the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and the British photographer, Platon.

The virtual environment has given the Lowcountry Speaker Series an opportunity to explore new content formats, such that its two-speaker virtual program will take place over three nights. Lowcountry Speaker Series Founder and Host, James Lamar, will conduct a 60-minute moderated discussion with Dr. Gottlieb. Its second event will be a special two-night, exclusive, prescreening of Platon’s yet-to-be released film “Our Time.” As customary, each speaker will conclude his presentation with audience Q&A.

“During this time of isolation, our virtual series offers a unique opportunity for the Lowcountry community to not only learn new perspectives, but also become an active participant in the conversation through the live Q&A,” says Mr. Lamar. 

Dr. Gottlieb is one of our nation’s leading experts on today’s global pandemic, and his views on COVID-19 mitigation, treatment, testing, and drug development help shape many of our political, social, and economic policies.

Platon’s two-part exclusive prescreening of his documentary on social justice and contemporary culture, titled “Our Time,” takes us behind the scenes of his intimate photoshoots and interviews with the movers and shakers of our time, featuring President Donald Trump, Barack and Michelle Obama, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, George Clooney, Professor Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and many more. As Platon interacts with political and business leaders, as well as civil rights heroes and Hollywood celebrities, key themes emerge — the importance of empathy and compassion, what is good leadership, and how we can overcome division and political gridlock.

Tickets for the fall 2020 virtual Lowcountry Speaker Series program are sold only as a 2-event subscription (tickets to individual lectures will not be available). Subscribers will enjoy thought-provoking presentations from Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on September 29 and Platon on October 27 and 28. To receive additional information or to purchase a virtual subscription to the fall 2020 Lowcountry Speaker Series program, visit lowcountryspeakerseries.com.