One of the most celebrated women in broadcasting history, Cokie Roberts will deliver the Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism on the topic “Resilience and Resistance: Coping in Hard Times” at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Presented by the Center for the Study of Democracy, this event is free of charge and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and ABC News. She has won three Emmys and is included in the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She is considered by the American Women in Radio and Television to be one of the fifty greatest women in broadcasting history. In addition to her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, mainly focusing on the roles of women in U.S. history. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.
The book sale and signing, following the lecture, will feature the books: “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation,” “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868” and “We are Our Mothers’ Daughters.”
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) explores contemporary and historical issues associated with the ideas of democracy, liberty and justice in national and international contexts. It supports research that enhances our understanding of liberal democracy and its critics. CSD facilitates activities that strengthen democracy and the rule of law; enhance security and individual freedoms; invigorate the civil society; encourage free enterprise; and increase economic, environmental, educational and cultural equity.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,700 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.