2004-05 Distinguished speaker series
Wednesday, September 15
A political satirist, Russell’s now in his twenty-seventh season on PBS. Returning to Givens Performing Arts Center for his third appearance, he uses fresh and topical material, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. The Mark Russell Comedy Specials have consistently been among the top-rated shows on PBS.
Monday, November 15
Judy Woodruff, a 30-year veteran of broadcast journalism who joined CNN in 1993, anchors Judy Woodruff’s Inside Politics, the nation’s first program devoted exclusively to politics. Woodruff also anchors other major news events, including CNN’s America Votes 2004. She is the recipient of numerous broadcasting and journalism awards including an Emmy, a CableACE award, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism and, in 1994, Woodruff became the first recipient of the National Women's Hall of Fame President's 21st Century Award.
Thursday, February 24
Cornel West, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, is one of America’s most gifted, provocative and important public intellectuals. Dr. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. West’s best-selling book Race Matters (1993), which has sold 400,000 copies, changed the course of America’s dialogue on race, justice and democracy.
Monday, April 11
Known as Dickie V to his legions of fans all over America, his coaching career started at East Rutherford High School and progressed to coaching the University of Detroit and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Fired in 1979 as coach of the NBA Pistons he immediately took a job at the start up cable network ESPN. As the popularity of college basketball took off in the 80s, Vitale's fame also soared as ESPN's #1 color analyst. Still working for ESPN, Dick has fan clubs on college campuses all over America and is often more popular with the fans than the game he is covering. He is famous for his catch phrases such as "DIAPER DANDY" (a freshman) or screaming "THATTA WAY" after a great play or slam dunk.
Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2005
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