The start of a new school year will usher in the next edition of the President’s Speaker Series at West Chester University, and a series that has brought a Nobel Laureate, an 11-time Grammy winner, and one of the most influential poets in American history to campus in the past has a lot to live up to.
Suffice it to say that WCU has once again hit a home run with the pair of speakers it has decided to bring to Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
In the fall semester, broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will bring her discussion, entitled “Inside Politics,” to WCU on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 PM. In the spring semester, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough, the face of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will offer his “Political Outlook” on Saturday, March 10 at 8 PM.
“I am very pleased that the President’s Speaker Series provides the university community and the greater community with an opportunity to listen and learn from renowned public figures,” said WCU President Dr. Chris Fiorentino. “The series has brought scientists, political leaders, journalists, athletes, and musicians to our campus. Past speakers include Maya Angelou, Elie Wiesel, and Linda Ronstadt.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from Judy Woodruff this October and from Joe Scarborough in March.”
He won’t be the only one.
Woodruff has become a trusted voice in America over an impressive career that spans more than three decades across CNN, NBC, and PBS. Currently co-anchor and managing editor for the PBS NewsHour, Woodruff’s extensive broadcast experience includes her 12-year role as host of CNN’s Inside Politics, as well as her tenure as White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977-1982.
Woodruff’s presentation draws from major national and international stories and provides an inside perspective of the politics in play. Sharing insights on the Trump Administration, Congress, and the changing political landscape, she’ll provide her take on reporting and interacting with the Washington political scene.
Scarborough and his Morning Joe co-host, Mika Brzezinski, have been praised by such publications as Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker, and the New York Times for their “substantive, informative, and entertaining” show format.
A two-time New York Times bestselling author, columnist for The Washington Post, and founder of the Florida Sun, Scarborough’s “Political Outlook” is a presentation of his analysis of the biggest current news stories, as well as a breakdown of the news you need to know about politics, elections, the economy, and what’s next for America.
The President’s Speaker Series at WCU was formerly known as the Philips Lecture Series. The Philips Lecture Series was funded through an endowment created by George Morris Philips, WCU’s president from 1881-1920. According to Philips’s will, the endowment would be used for student scholarships and “for bringing to the college distinguished scientists, scholars, or statesmen.”
The series is now funded through the WCU Foundation.
Orchestra tickets for each event are $27 and balcony tickets are $22. Click here to reserve yours or call 610-436-2266.