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Bob Woodward to speak at VCU on Sept. 25

Sep 19, 2018

Posted in: News

By Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward will speak at VCU on Sept. 25. (Courtesy photos)

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, author and associate editor of The Washington Post Bob Woodward will speak at VCU next week, only 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 W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 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.”

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and seating will be limited. In the event that the Singleton Center is filled to capacity, video of the event will also be streamed to three large overflow spaces on campus: the James W. Black Music Center Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Ave.; the Lecture Hall (Room 303) of James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave; and Room 1164 of the T. Edward Temple Building, 901 W. Main St.

A previous version of this article was published on the VCU News website.