Fairleigh Dickinson University announces launch of new series at NJPAC


New Jersey Speakers Series Debuts October 9 with Madeleine Albright

MADISON, NJ – Fairleigh Dickinson University has announced a stellar line-up of speakers for the inaugural 2014-2015 season of the New Jersey Speakers Series at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Modeled after similar, sold-out series in Philadelphia and Boston, the New Jersey Speakers series will bring world leaders, acclaimed authors and other fascinating personalities to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for seven Thursday evening presentations, each of which is followed by an audience Q & A with the featured speakers.  The series is sold by subscription only and tickets to individual lectures will not be available.
The New Jersey Speakers Series announced the following schedule for the new series:  former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (Oct. 9), award-winning actor Alan Alda (Oct. 30), Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Nov. 20), former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (Jan. 8, 2015), former Presidential advisor and current CNN political commentator David Gergen (Feb. 19, 2015), Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough (March 19, 2015), and former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather (April 23, 2015.)
“Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to present the New Jersey Speakers Series, an outstanding opportunity for our students – and the Greater New Jersey community – to benefit from the perspectives of national and world leaders, authors, historians, humanitarians and other influential individuals,” said Sheldon Drucker, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University.  “As a university devoted to preparing world citizens through global education, we believe this new Series, which extends the walls of academe into the community, is a perfect match with our mission and commitment to community leadership.”
“The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is honored to be chosen as the home for this new Series which is clearly positioned as an integral component of the cultural vibrancy of our State,” added John Schreiber, president and CEO of NJPAC.  “The New Jersey Speakers Series is a perfect complement to NJPAC’s existing programming, providing an opportunity for New Jersey’s citizens to learn from these exceptional leaders. The Series serves as another important conversation event happening at NJPAC.”
The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/AlbrightPhoto) earlier served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Born in Prague, her family fled the Nazi invasion during WWII, and later the Communists, before settling in Denver. A Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Albright currently serves as a professor at Georgetown University.
From Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H to Arnold Vinick on The West Wing, Alan Alda (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/AldaPhoto) has been a staple on American television for more than four decades. He earned 32 Emmy nominations and six Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Well known for California Suite, The Four Seasons and other movies, he also was nominated for an Academy Award for The Aviator.
Called one of “Silicon Valley’s most creative engineers,” Steve Wozniak (photo at:  http://tinyurl.com/WozniakPhoto) single-handedly invented the early Apple computers, contributing significantly to the microcomputer revolution that followed.  With Steve Jobs, he founded Apple Computers, leading its research and development.  In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame.
Named one of America’s 10 Best Senators by Time magazine in 2006, Olympia Snowe (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/SnowePhoto) became widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes in the U.S. Senate. She was the youngest Republican woman elected to the U.S. Congress and is also the first woman to have served in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of the U.S. Congress.
David Gergen (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/GergenPhoto) served as a presidential advisor during the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.  Now a senior political analyst for CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, his election team coverage has twice won the Peabody Award, once with the MacNeil/Lehrer Report and once with CNN.
David McCullough (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/McCulloughPhoto) is the acclaimed author of Truman, John Adams, and most recently, The Greater Journey. This two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award has been called a National Treasure. A gifted storyteller, he has narrated several PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Napoleon, and the motion picture Seabiscuit.
Dan Rather (photo at: http://tinyurl.com/RatherPhoto) anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. During this time, he also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released his bestseller, Rather Outspoken, his book on his life and the state of journalism today.
Presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University, the New Jersey Speakers Series is sponsored by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WCBS Newsradio, and The Star-Ledger powering NJ.com.
The New Jersey Speakers Series is sold by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $245 to $475. (Prices are for tickets to all seven lectures.) For tickets or information, visit www.NJSpeakersSeries.org, or call 1-888-MY-NJPAC or 1-888-696-5722.
About Fairleigh Dickinson University 
Devoted to preparing world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey’s largest private university with two campuses in northern New Jersey and programs in every county statewide. It also has international campuses in Wroxton, England, and in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  FDU has a diverse student body with more than 1,000 international students. It offers over 100 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctorate’s levels. Its wide range of offerings, coupled with the depth and expertise of its faculty, has Fairleigh Dickinson University poised to serve the citizens of New Jersey and beyond. For information, visit: www.fdu.edu
About New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey's Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.


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