2015-2016 Beaumont Speaker Series

In partnership with Main Line School Night, Beaumont proudly presents the 2015-2016 Speaker Series. Open to all residents and Future Resident Club members, this exceptional educational program presents notable speakers as well as mini-courses ranging from world events to art history.

The opening speaker was Anne-Marie O'Connor, award-winning journalist and author of The Lady in Gold, the extraordinary story of Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece and inspiration for the movie starring Helen Mirren.

Speaking to a capacity audience, Anne-Marie O’Connor brilliantly re-told the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece – the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the contemporary art world.

About the Speaker: 
Anne-Marie O'Connor is a veteran foreign correspondent, culture writer and former war reporter who has covered everything from post-Soviet Cuba to American artists and intellectuals. She covered the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala as a Reuters bureau chief in Central America; the Shining Path guerrillas in Peru, coups in Haiti and U.S. interventions in Haiti and Panama. At the Los Angeles Times she chronicled the violence of Mexico's Arellano-Felix drug cartel, a U.S. political convention; and profiled such figures as Nelson Mandela, George Soros, Joan Didion, John McCain, and Maya Lin. Her story on Maria Altmann's effort to recover the family Klimt collection first appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 2001. She currently contributes to The Washington Post from Jerusalem.