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2016-2017 Season

Bob Woodward_Voyages Premier Lecturer

The Premier Lecture

Bob Woodward
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer and Investigative Reporter

"The Age of the American Presidency"

September 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm | Wright Auditorium

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Called “the most celebrated journalist of our age” by The Wall Street Journal, Bob Woodward has established himself as a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the disturbing news of the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration. Their book about the scandal, "All the Presidents Men" won a Pulitzer Prize and was featured on TIME magazine’s list of the all-time 100 best non-fiction books as “perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Watergate’s theme of secret government is a common thread throughout Woodward’s career that spawned 18 national bestselling books—12 of them #1—more than any other contemporary nonfiction author. In the process, Woodward became the ultimate inside man. No one in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up in ways that reveal an intimate, yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and issues ranging from the budget wrangling and political infighting to the price of politics, presidential leadership and homeland security efforts.

A sought after speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders, captivating audiences with fascinating stories featuring up-to-the-minute information expertly blended with historical reference for a truly unforgettable glimpse into American politics, the media and the biggest stories of the day.

Currently Associate Editor for The Washington Post, Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award and his work with Bernstein on the Watergate scandal earned the Post the 1973 Pulitzer Prize. Woodward was also the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize.

Eboo Patel - Religion and Culture Lecture

The Religion and Culture Lecture

Eboo Patel
Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core

"Interfaith Leadership Can Save the World"

November 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm | Wright Auditorium

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Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. He is an American Ismaili of Gujarati Indian heritage and founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation.

Patel’s core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, "Acts of Faith" and "Sacred Ground."

Keith Wailoo_Voyages Brewster History Lecture

The Brewster History Lecture

Keith Wailoo
Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University

"Pain: A Political History"

January 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm | Wright Auditorium

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Keith Andrew Wailoo is Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he teaches in the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the former Vice Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. He is an award-winning author on drugs and drug policy; race, science and health; history of medicine; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.

Wailoo currently is working on two book-length projects, both intersecting with history and public policy: a study of the menthol cigarette and a history of addiction.

Before joining the Princeton faculty, Wailoo taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Departments of History, and Social Medicine, and at Rutgers University in History and in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.

The Nile Project_Voyages Thomas Harriot Lecture

The Thomas Harriot Lecture

The Nile Project

"Citizen Diplomacy & Transboundary Water Conflicts"

April 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm | Wright Auditorium

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From their debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release ASWAN, it was clear that the Nile Project was something completely new. NPR named the recording one of five "must hear international albums." Fast forward a couple of years—through 2 Africa tours and a 4-month US tour with stops at 25 universities, the Lincoln Center and the United Nations—and almost every major media outlet in the US agrees, the Nile Project is much more than just a band. According to the New York Times, The Nile Project is "a committed, euphoric international coalition."

One of the tightest, cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project Collective brings together artists from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of the oldest places on Earth. Resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river—from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt—have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in 10 languages. Instruments that parted ways millennia before are reunited and pushed to new places. Love songs have crossed geographic and linguistic barriers to forge close friendships.

Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural and environmental problems. The Collective’s collaborative model is a blueprint for a new way Nile Citizens can organize themselves to cooperate to make the Nile more sustainable. In an evolving series of interlocking programs, the project aims to inspire, educate and empower young people worldwide to become Nile Citizens.

Wright Auditorium


Jeffrey S. Johnson,
Ph.D., Director
Harriot Voyages of
Discovery Lecture Series
2147 Bate Building
East Carolina University