Kean University To Host Issues ’09 Speaker Series

UNION – The upcoming gubernatorial race in New Jersey, the newspaper industry, the environment and multiculturalism are among the topics under discussion as part of Kean University’s Issues ’09 lecture series this fall. Events will take place at various locations on campus. The series is free and open to the general public.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with Decision ’09: The Governor’s Race in New Jersey. Terry Golway, director of the John Kean Center of American History at Kean University, will moderate a panel discussion about the race.


Joining Golway will be Max Pizarro of, Joe Lauro, Democratic strategist, and Alan Steinberg, former EPA official under President George W. Bush. The discussion will begin at 11 a.m. in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, four veteran journalists will discuss The Transformation of News. Panelists Bridget Wentworth and Matt Dowling, online editors for, Tina Kelley, reporter and blogger for The New York Times, and political editor Josh Benson of the New York Observer will discuss the ways in which the news business has changed their career paths. The discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Kean University’s Little Theatre.

Prize-winning journalist and author Andrew Revkin will visit the campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to discuss the environment in a lecture entitled, 9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?, at 12:30 p.m. in Kean’s Wilkins Theatre. Since 1995, Revkin has been an environmental reporter for The New York Times covering topics ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. He is an expert on environmental issues and has written numerous books on the Amazon, Arctic and global warming.

Three award-winning journalists will discuss the role of journalism in our culture as part of the Newspapers, Then and Now lecture on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Kean’s Little Theatre. Dan Barry of The New York Times, Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant, and Fran Wood, formerly of The Star-Ledger, will discuss the ways in which investigation and reporting will never go out of style.

Award-winning poet, writer and educator Naomi Shihab Nye will examine multiculturalism in a lecture, entitled Variety is the Solution: A Look at How Literature Brings Us All Together in the World, on Monday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in Wilkins Theatre. An advocate for shared humanity, Nye has spent 35 years traveling the world leading writing workshops and inspiring students through her work. She is an expert on multiculturalism and author/editor of more than 25 volumes, including seven prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers.

Individuals wishing to attend these lectures may contact Kean University’s Office of Media & Publications at 1-908-737-0580. For additional information about the lectures, visit

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