Broadcasting Icon Tom Brokaw to Lead off Drew Forum
Internationally acclaimed journalist to offer insider’s view of today’s headlines, including the race for the White House.
MADISON, NJ—Award-winning veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw will kick off the 2012-13 Drew Forum lecture series on October 25 with an insider’s view of pressing current events at home and abroad. The series will also feature appearances by blogger and screenwriter Andy Borowitz (November 14, 2012), new media trendsetter Arianna Huffington (March 6, 2013) and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (April 18, 2013). Single-event tickets and subscriptions are available.
“Tom Brokaw’s appearance at Drew coincides with the near-end of a presidential campaign that will determine the course of our nation for the next four years,” said University President Vivian A. Bull. “At this moment in American history, we’re pleased to welcome the Drew and Madison communities to hear from a national icon who will speak—among other topics—about what’s at stake in this election.”
Brokaw, who served as the anchor of NBC’s Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, has also hosted that network’s other major news programs, Meet the Press and Today. A winner of Peabody, Emmy and duPont awards for journalistic excellence, he has covered major national and global events including the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hurricane Andrew and the September 11 attacks. Brokaw is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Greatest Generation. Since his retirement from Nightly News, he has served as a special correspondent for NBC.
Since its establishment more than a decade ago, the Drew Forum has been the Northern New Jersey region’s leading public lecture venue. Past speakers include American presidents and vice presidents; foreign heads of state; nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists; noted historians; and White House cabinet secretaries. The series is presented with support from Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and from The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, the former two-term New Jersey governor who served as president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005.
The Brokaw event on October 25 will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Simon Forum and Athletic Center on Drew’s Madison campus. Parking will be at Giralda Farms, with charter bus service running in a continuous loop between the lot and the event venue.
Series subscriptions to the 2012-13 Drew Forum series are $107 plus handling and include admission to all four events, including reserved seating in the Concert Hall and preferred seating at in the Simon Forum. Single-event tickets, which are available for the Brokaw and Rice lectures only, are $32 plus handling. Subscription and ticket purchases can be made through the Drew University Box Office, which can be reached at 973.408.3917. For more information about the Drew Forum, please visit www.drew.edu/arts.