03/28/2013

Presidential Centennial Guest Series features two outstanding speakers

Cokie Roberts will speak at Loyola as part of the Presidential Centennial Guest Series on April 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Roberts, a New Orleans native and daughter of prominent U.S. Representatives Hale and Lindy Boggs, is a nationally recognized political reporter.

From 1996-2002, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program "This Week." Roberts also contributes political analysis for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In her lecture, Roberts will provide a historical account of New Orleans politics, touching on her family’s experiences and her own as a political correspondent, as well as offering perspective on the recent presidential election.

The next lecture in the Presidential Centennial Guest Series will feature Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Nicholas Carr on April 17 at 7 p.m. Carr, known for his book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” will examine how our growing dependence on the Internet is influencing the way our minds work, encouraging superficial skimming at the expense of deep conceptual thinking.

Carr is also the author of two other influential books, “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google” published in 2008 and “Does IT Matter?” published in 2004. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” is featured in several anthologies, including “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009,” “The Best Spiritual Writing 2010” and “The Best Technology Writing 2009.”

Both events, which are open to the public, will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. Free parking is available for attendees in the West Road Garage. A coffee and dessert reception will follow both events.

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