An Emmy-winning actor, Peabody Award-winning documentarian and longtime CBS anchorman are among the seven personalities coming to town for the 2014-15 Baltimore Speakers Series.

The Tuesday-evening series, presented by Stevenson University, kicks off Sept. 30 with Alan Alda, the Emmy-winning star of CBS's landmark TV series "M*A*S*H," and ends April 28, 2015 with former CBS anchorman Dan Rather. Other speakers in the series include former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Oct. 28), documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Nov. 11), former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (Jan. 13, 2015), CNN political analyst and former presidential adviser David Gergen (Feb. 10, 2015) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (March 17, 2015).

"We are delighted to present such an outstanding line-up of speakers to our students and to the broader Baltimore community," Kevin J. Manning, president of Stevenson University, said in a press release. "They will expand our horizons by giving our audiences insider views of current events and our nation's recent history while providing insights that both challenge us and broaden our own thinking."

The ninth annual speaker series takes place at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets for the 8 p.m. talks are sold by subscription only, with prices for the entire series ranging from $275-$415. The series is sponsored by WYPR and The Baltimore Sun, with additional support from Maryland Audi Dealers and Michael Hodes, LLC.

Information: 410-783-8000 or baltimorespeakersseries.org.