Not sure what the “(or other)” means. Fictional charcters? People who are now dead?
If the question is limited to those currently alive, I would suggest people from different fields, all with high intelligence and a flexibility of outlook. Some possible candidates: [ul]
**Tom Hanks ** (combines accessiblity with intelligence. Not overawed with himself or the Hollywood system. Popular, showing you’re not too stuffy, and intelligent, showing you’re not an airhead fangirl).
**Stephen Hawking ** Hard to go wrong with perhaps the most intelligent person alive.
**Neil Armstrong ** The first man to leave our planet and walk on the moon is still alive. How could you not invite him, if you were able?
**Michael Crichton ** A writer, director and producer with a Harvard MD to boot. Created televsion series “ER”, wrote best-selling novels made into movies (“Jurassic Park,” “Andromeda Strain,” “Congo,” etc.) Won an Oscar for technical achievement in 1994, a Peabody Award for ER in 1995. Is a computer expert, serious modern art collector and world traveller.
**Maya Angelou ** Internationally respected poet, writer and educator who has worked to improve conditions for women in the third world. One of the few women admitted to the Director’s Guild. Appointed by President Ford to serve on the Bicentennial Commision and by President Carter to serve on the Commission for International Woman of the Year.
Condoleezza Rice currently national security affairs advisor to the President. She is on leave from the Hoover Institution, where she is a senior fellow. She is a tenured professor in the political science department at Stanford University and served as provost for six years.
Previously she worked in planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She cofounded the Center for a New Generation, an after-school academy in East Palo Alto. She serves on the Hewlett Foundation, is a Council of Foreign Relations a National Endowment for the Humanities trustee, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She’s written many articles and several books on international relations.
That should be make a well-rounded table with some interesting discussions. Hope it helps.