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The Robert D. Alexander Lecture in the Liberal Arts is held every other year during the spring semester. Our goal is to bring speakers to campus who can share how the liberal arts have impacted their careers, education and personal development. Past speakers include Sir Ken Robinson, Manuel Lima, and Denis McDonough. 


An Evening with Mara Liasson: Reflections on Democracy and a Path Forward.

Join us for an evening with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson as she discusses the state of our democracy and the road ahead. She will answer questions related to her career, the current political climate and the state of our nation. 


Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom


About Mara Liasson, from NPR:

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.


Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered six presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.


Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.


Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.


Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history.

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