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August 13, 2010

Renowned journalist Dan Rather to speak at ULM

Dan Rather, who has circled the globe reporting on some of the most significant events of our time, will speak on “What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Reporting,” at 7 p.m., April 19, 2011, in Brown Auditorium, as part of the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Presidential Lyceum Series.

Earlier in the day, Rather will also share his experiences with ULM students in a master class from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a short visit with local media outlets at 5 p.m., before heading to the Patron Party scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the ULM Seventh Floor Library Conference Center.

Ticket sales will be announced closer to the date of Rather’s appearance in April.

“We are extremely pleased to host another in a long succession of notable speakers for our annual Lyceum event,” said ULM Interim President Steve Richters.

“The dialogue that occurs between the public and the speakers we host each year is just one more example of the benefits the university provides through its presence in the region, and an excellent opportunity to enhance our ties with ULM’s proud supporters.”

ULM's Presidential Lyceum Series began in 2003 under the direction of former President James E. Cofer Sr., to promote intellectual exchange among ULM students, faculty, staff and the community. Past Lyceum speakers have included:

More about Dan Rather

Dan Rather has been called the voice, heart, and soul of American journalism, and is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters in the world.

In his 40-year career as a journalist, Rather has reported from the front lines around the globe, including such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Tiananmen Square, the Middle East, Bosnia, and Haiti. On the domestic front, he has covered nearly every major story, from the tragedy of 9/11 to President Clinton's impeachment. He has reported on the civil rights movement, Watergate, and every presidential campaign since 1960.

He was the first to break the news of President Kennedy’s assassination, and is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and citations from critical, scholarly, professional, and charitable organizations. Rather continues his award-winning reporting as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He also produces and hosts Dan Rather Reports, a weekly news program featuring hard-edged field reports, interviews and investigative pieces exclusively on HDNet.

For more information about Rather’s visit to ULM, contact Media Relations Director Laura Woodard at 318-342-5447.

For more information about the Presidential Lyceum Series, visit

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