Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, will deliver the seventh annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture titled “Conscience and Courage in Public Life” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend. Tickets are available at the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office on the College of St. Benedict campus or by calling (320) 363-5777. Box Office academic hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Sept. 18, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the St. John’s University campus.
Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, will deliver the seventh annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture titled “Conscience and Courage in Public Life” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend. Tickets are available at the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office on the College of St. Benedict campus or by calling (320) 363-5777. Box Office academic hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
It is sponsored by The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John’s University, with additional support from the St. John’s University Chair in Critical Thinking, serving the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
As a political commentator for ABC News, Roberts provides analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Roberts also serves as senior news analyst for National Public Radio. In her more than
40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V.
Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media. The Roberts are also contributing editors to USA Weekend Magazine, and in 2011 they published “Our Haggadah, Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.” Their earlier collaboration, “From this Day Forward,” an account of their more than 40-year marriage and other marriages in American history, immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list. All of Cokie Roberts’s other books have also been best-sellers, including the No. 1 bestseller, “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her other bestselling books – “Founding Mothers,” published in 2004 and “Ladies of Liberty” in 2008 - are histories of women in America’s founding era.
Roberts holds more than
25 honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions and was on President George W. Bush’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.
The Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture was established in January 2006. McCarthy spent seven years as a student at St. John’s Preparatory School and University, and nearly one year as a member of the Benedictine community of
St. John’s Abbey.
The lecture series carries on McCarthy’s deep commitment to the ideals and principles of democratic self-government. It seeks to inspire a new generation of young people to pursue fresh ideas, to challenge the status quo, to effect positive change in their communities and, like McCarthy himself, to lead with honesty, integrity and courage.
Past lecturers in the series have included newspaper columnist, author and commentator E.J. Dionne (2007); civil rights leader Julian Bond (2008); current Secretary of Defense and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (2009); Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (2010); columnist and political analyst Mark Shields (2011); and journalist Tom Brokaw (2012).