November/December 2016

Speakers Series Continues

Three distinguished panelists, Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees will explore “Racism in America” from their divergent views in the next FDU’s New Jersey’s Speakers event of 2016 at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, N.J., on Thursday, December 1.

Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees
From left are Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees.

Earlier that day, Norris and Riley will speak to a small group on the Metropolitan Campus. Norris is an award-winning journalist and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Riley, The Wall Street Journal columnist and author, is a commentator for Fox News. Dees is co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), will moderate the panel discussion.

Oscar-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno opened up the season on October 6. She is only one of 12 actors to have won all four major awards — an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — and took the audience on the journey of her life beginning with her family’s immigration from Puerto Rico to New York City. For more information go to

On October 27, former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak visited the Florham Campus for a small group discussion before traveling to Newark for his evening presentation at NJPAC. He entered politics after a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer in the military. He served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001; led Israel’s Labor Party and served as minister of defense under Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu. David Rosen, anthropology (Flor), moderated the campus event. For more information go to

Speakers still to come in the 2016–2017 season include Monty Python co-founder John Cleese (January 26, 2017); former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (February 23, 2017); broadcast journalist Ted Koppel (March 23, 2017); and presidential historian Jon Meacham (April 20, 2017).

President Christopher Capuano said that the Speakers Series builds on the University’s mission to prepare world citizens who are engaged with important issues. “We are known for transforming lives. We do that in many ways, including through programs like these, where we hear from those who have not only transformed their lives but who have changed their world.”

Each season, the New Jersey Speakers series brings world leaders, acclaimed authors and other fascinating personalities to NJPAC for seven Thursday evening presentations, each of which is followed by an audience Q&A with the featured speakers. Presented by FDU, the New Jersey Speakers Series is sponsored by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), WCBS Newsradio, affiliated with Star-Ledger, Wells Fargo, Delta Dental of New Jersey, PNC Bank, TD Bank and Hollister Construction Services.

Tickets are sold by subscription (based on availability, subscriptions will continue to be sold on prorated basis throughout remainder of season), open seating (available on first-come, first-served basis), for prorated pricing/to order tickets call 1-888-696-5722 or 1-888-696-5722 or go to For information, visit or call 1-888-MY-NJPAC.

For more about the speakers and FDU’s New Jersey Speaker Series go to