Bob Wood­ward to speak at VCU

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LIFESTYLES -

RICH­MOND — Pulitzer Prize-win­ning in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, au­thor and as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Post Bob Wood­ward will speak at Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity in Septem­ber, two weeks af­ter the re­lease of his lat­est book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

Wood­ward, who shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for coverage of the Water­gate scan­dal with Carl Bernstein and in 2003 as lead re­porter for coverage of the 9/11 at­tacks, will speak on “Truth, Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion, Democ­racy and the Age of the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dency.”

Wood­ward, the au­thor of 18 na­tional non­fic­tion best­selling books, will speak at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 25, in the Lec­ture Hall (Room 303) of James Branch Ca­bell Li­brary, 901 Park Ave.

The event, which will be free and open to the pub­lic, is part of the fall 2018 speaker series of the Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Cen­ter in the Col­lege of Hu­man­i­ties and Sci­ences. It is co-spon­sored by VCU’s Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and the Richard T. Robert­son School of Me­dia and Cul­ture.

“We in­vite our neigh­bors across Rich­mond — as well as stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty at VCU — to join us for these ex­cit­ing talks on a broad range of is­sues,” said Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Cen­ter Di­rec­tor Richard God­beer, Ph.D. “To­gether these talks demon­strate the vi­tal­ity of the hu­man­i­ties and their rel­e­vance to the is­sues we face to­day as we head fur­ther into the 21st cen­tury.”

Hong Cheng, Ph.D., di­rec­tor of the Robert­son School, called Wood­ward’s visit “a golden op­por­tu­nity for Robert­son stu­dents to lis­ten to this leg­endary and iconic jour­nal­ist” in per­son, and said the school is thrilled and proud to host him.

“I have no doubt our stu­dents will deepen their un­der­stand­ing of how to pur­sue truth and how to pro­tect democ­racy as jour­nal­ists through Mr. Wood­ward's visit,” Cheng said. “I also hope our stu­dents will learn from this world-fa­mous hero the im­por­tance, ex­cite­ment and chal­lenge of jour­nal­ism. A deep un­der­stand­ing and in­tense love for this pro­fes­sion are es­pe­cially es­sen­tial for these fu­ture jour­nal­ists in this ever-changing and in­creas­ingly com­plex world.”

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