Presidential Lecture Series to feature acclaimed 2011-12 lineup

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, will feature Jonathan Franzen, George Will, Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward.

The University of Tulsa’s 2011-12 Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, will feature one of the world’s most acclaimed modern authors, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist, and a discussion between the two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke the Watergate scandal four decades earlier.

Author Jonathan Franzen will speak on October 13, columnist George Will will speak on February 2, and journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak together on March 27. All the presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gussman Concert Hall in the Lorton Performance Center. The lectures are free and open to the public.

About Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen stepped into the international pop culture spotlight in 2001 when his book “The Corrections” was published, with translations in 35 languages, American hardcover sales of nearly 1 million copies and nominations for nearly every major book prize in the United States. As if sales and critical acclaim weren’t enough to boost his profile, the author found himself in a public relations imbroglio over his conflicted reaction to his novel’s endorsement by Oprah’s Book Club. Franzen’s most recent novel is “Freedom” (2010). Writing in the New York Times Book Review, editor Sam Tanenhaus declared the work a “masterpiece of American fiction,” and “Freedom” debuted at No. 1 on the Times’ bestseller list. His short stories and his essays, including political journalism, have most recently appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Essays, The New York Times, and The Guardian. A new collection of his nonfiction, “Farther Away,” will appear in 2012.

About George Will

George Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Newsweek essayist, is the country’s most widely read political columnist and its foremost conservative voice. His popular twice-weekly column for The Washington Post syndicate reaches nearly 500 newspapers throughout the United States and Europe and he appears regularly on ABC’s “This Week.” Will is a prolific author with books ranging from “The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America’s Fabric” to “Bunts” to his latest, “One Man’s America.” He presents penetrating and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for public affairs, public policy and American society.

About Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward set a new standard for Washington journalism and in-depth, behind-the-scenes reporting on the American presidency beginning with their first shared Watergate byline in June 1972. Forty years later, the co-authors of “All the President’s Men” and “The Final Days” will tell the stories behind their writings and will explore the effects and methods of the modern media from their own police-beat-style reporting to the changes brought by the Internet, cable news and social networking tools. 

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist best known for Watergate and “All the President’s Men,” Carl Bernstein’s pursuit of the truth continues to change the landscape of American journalism. For more than four decades, he has been setting the standard for modern investigative reporting and reflecting on a crucial theme that has coursed through American history: the use and abuse of power in politics, media, finance and spirituality.

From Watergate to the Supreme Court, the CIA, the Pentagon, President Clinton, the Federal Reserve, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, four books on the wars of President George W. Bush, and now the Obama administration, Bob Woodward has consistently found the inside story of Washington institutions and the American presidency. Woodward has won every journalism prize imaginable, including Pulitzers for his reports on Watergate and the aftermath of September 11th.    

Mona Chamberlin