Brokaw, Kennedy Highlight 2012-13 Bryan Series
Journalist Tom Brokaw and attorney Caroline Kennedy will headline Guilford College’s 2012-13 Bryan Series.
Held at War Memorial Auditorium, the eighth year of the subscription speaker series will begin with magazine editor Tina Brown Oct. 23 and continue with Brokaw Nov. 29, advocate for children Geoffrey Canada Feb. 10, Kennedy March 28 and columnist Thomas Friedman April 16.
Brown is editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast-Newsweek merger and is regarded as the highest-profile, most talked-about magazine editor in the world. She rose through the ranks of the magazine industry on both sides of the Atlantic to become editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. She increased Vanity Fair’s circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million and was the first woman editor in the history of the New Yorker.
A special correspondent for NBC News, Brokaw was anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 21 years until 2004 after serving as White House correspondent and anchor of the NBC News program Today. He received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, a dozen Emmys, two Peabody and two duPont awards. He is the best-selling author of six books including The Greatest Generation. His latest book is The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America.
Canada is president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit that targets 100-blocks in Harlem with a comprehensive range of services for 10,000 children, following them from birth to college. National Book Award-winner Jonathan Kozol says Canada is “one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation.”
The daughter of the 35th president, Kennedy is an attorney and the editor of nine New York Times best-selling books on constitutional law, American history, politics and poetry. From 2002-11, she was vice chair of the Fund for Public Schools, which raised over $280 million to support public school reform and engaged a record number of volunteers in New York City Schools.
The first speaker in what is now known as the Bryan Series in 1996, Friedman is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting and commentary. His books include the National Book Award-winner From Beirut to Jerusalem, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century and Hot, Flat and Crowded. His most recent book is That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.
New subscriptions – $185 per person for the season – go on sale May 14. Current subscribers have priority renewal through May 11. In two of the past three years, the series has sold out through subscriptions.