Presenting Neil deGrasse Tyson, Samantha Bee, Vice President Joe Biden.

August 2017 – What do Neil deGrasse Tyson, Samantha Bee and former Vice President Joe Biden have in common? They’re all appearing soon at Drew University.

Each is a guest of the school’s Drew Forum speaker series, which begins in September with popular astrophysicist Tyson and ends in March with Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States.

A total of five speakers are scheduled, including a sports legend who will be revealed soon. For ticket information, please click here or call 973-408-3917.

The series—supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship—is a platform for comedians, athletes, authors, historians and world leaders. Past speakers include David McCullough, John Oliver, Walt Frazier, Condoleezza Rice and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Here’s a closer look at the 2017-18 lineup.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Photo: Roderick Mickens
Photo: Roderick Mickens

The astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium translates complex ideas into common sense. His talk, “An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper,” is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Jordy Research Scholarship Lecture Series and the William C. Campbell Colloquium in 19th-Century Science and Society. Sept. 26, Simon Forum, 8 p.m.

Samantha Bee

beeThe host of TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee and former Daily Show correspondent sits down with New York magazine Writer-at-Large Rebecca Traister. The interview is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Oct. 21, Simon Forum, 8 p.m.

David Axelrod

davidalexrodThe senior political commentator at CNN and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics talks shop. Axelrod, who also hosts The Axe Files podcast, served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-11. His talk is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Jan. 31, The Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden

bidenThe 47th vice president (2009-17) and former U.S. senator (1973-2009) reflects on a life of public service. His talk is supported by the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship. March 28, Simon Forum, 8 p.m.


Students, faculty and staffers can purchase a limited number of tickets to the events in person and in cash at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey box office on campus. The student price is $2 and the faculty/staff price is $10, with valid Drew ID. Tickets are limited to two per person.