The Ouachita Speaker Series

brings inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year. It offers open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment and the exchange of ideas to adult and student audiences in Arkansas.

The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center.

The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas. Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation.

Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.

The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year.

Tickets are available online at or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Ouachita Speaker Series is a proud member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council and the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce.

Would you like to support the Ouachita Speaker Series?

Make a donation!

Make your check payable to the Ouachita Speaker Series and mail to P. O. Box 8132


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Fall 2023

October 10, 2023 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM

John Padgett — America's Secret Commandos in the Vietnam War

John will present a little-known fragment of history of the Vietnam War: the story of a shadowy unit of Green Berets and their indigenous troops who, working in small teams, conducted missions against enemy targets in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Always outnumbered but never outfought, SOG's very existence was denied by official Washington.  John was a Special Forces medic during the Vietnam War, serving for three and a half years in SE Asi

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