FDU presents Sanjay Gupta as part of New Jersey Speakers Series


Above: FDU brought Dr. Sanjay Gupta to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on October 29 as part of the second season of New Jersey Speaker Series. (Photos by Michael Paras)

By Andrew McKay

The second season of the New Jersey Speakers Series, presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University, continued on Thursday night with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who shared his experiences in medicine and journalism.

Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for “Anderson Cooper 360°,” and CNN documentaries, and anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD.

“You should do something every day that scares you,” Gupta said, encouraging audience members to challenge long-held beliefs and worldviews, a lesson he learned from his immigrant parents at a young age. He said that stepping out of his comfort zone is important to him as a doctor and journalist.


He shared behind-the-scenes stories from covering wars and natural disasters, highlighting his experiences with battlefield surgeons in Iraq and witnessing the humanitarian crisis in Syria. “These medical stories from around the world are a great big common denominator for all of humanity,” he said, reminding us that “hopes and dreams and aspirations are evenly distributed around the world.”

Gupta fielded audience questions about a variety of subjects including childhood vaccinations, breast cancer guidelines, the public health responses to Ebola and protocols for concussions. Steve Scott, news anchor for WCBS Newsradio 880 AM, one of the University’s media partners for the series, introduced the lecture and moderated the question- and- answer session.

gupta3The 2015-16 New Jersey Speakers Series continues with documentary director and producer Ken Burns on November 19, 2015, and political activist and best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali on January 28, 2016, followed by long-distance swimmer and journalist Diana Nyad (February 18, 2016); Frank Abagnale, subject of the motion picture “Catch Me If You Can” (March 17, 2016), and futurist and author Michio Kaku (April 14, 2016).

The New Jersey Speakers Series, presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University is sponsored by New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WCBS Newsradio 880, Hollister Construction Services, PNC Bank, TD Bank, and NJ.com affiliated with Star-Ledger.
The series is sold by subscription only.

For tickets or information, visit www.NJSpeakersSeries.org, or call 1-888-MY-NJPAC or 1-888-696-5722.