August 2018 – Drew Forum, the premier speaker series at Drew University, begins its 24th season with the co-hosts of Morning Joe and Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad.
In addition to analyzing politics and other current events, the duo will take questions from the audience. The event is generously supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Whitehead, whose 2016 novel The Underground Railroad earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction, will speak Oct. 10 at The Concert Hall.
Whitehead, the author of eight books and State Author of New York, also will answer audience questions. His appearance is made possible by the generosity of the endowment for the Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture, presented this year as part of Drew Forum.
Established in 1994, Drew Forum—which is also supported by the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship—hosts world leaders, writers, historians, comedians and athletes. Past speakers include Joe Biden, Condoleezza Rice, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Seth Meyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Keith Hernandez.
Drew is finalizing plans for the rest of the 2018-19 Drew Forum season and will name more speakers soon.
About Drew University
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 148 full-time faculty members, 99% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College of Liberal Arts confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, New York City Semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.