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Eastern Announces 12th Season of the Arts and Lecture Series

Written by Chris Herman


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's is celebrating its 12th season of their Arts and Lecture Series. Opening this year's Lecture Series on October 9 in the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium is former "CBS News" anchor and "60 Minutes" correspondent Dan Rather. Rather, for more than forty years, has been the leading example of journalistic integrity in news.

Rather's reporting skills have taken him to locations as far ranging as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Russia and Cuba. He served as a correspondent during the Vietnam War, the Mujahadeen uprising against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and the first and second Iraq wars. He was among the first western journalists to report on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. He interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev in Red Square, and Fidel Castro in Havana.
Rather has written eight books, five of which are on the New York Times best-sellers list. "Rather Outspoken" is currently in stores.

The Arts and Lecture series continues on Nov. 15 with a lecture by U.S. Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, author of "Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine's Passion to Recover the World's Greatest Stolen Treasures," in the Betty R. Tipton Room.

 After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Colonel Bogdanos served in a counter terrorism task force in which he received a Bronze Star for his actions against al-Qaeda.  Colonel Bogdanos also led an investigation of the looting of Iraq's National Museum. Exposing the link between antiquities trafficking and terrorist financing, and presenting those findings to the United Nations, Interpol, British Parliament and the Peace Palace in The Hague, Colonel Bogdanos received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush for his work recovering more than 6,000 of Iraq's treasures in eight countries. All royalties Colonel Bogdanos book, "Thieves of Baghdad," go to the Iraq National Museum.

 On Feb. 13, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band brings its special brand of classic jazz, blues and New Orleans ragtime to Eastern's Shafer Auditorium. Formed in 1989, the U.S. Coast Guard Swing Band specialize in 30's and 40's era swing era music. Notable venues include the open-air theater in Disney World; the Boardwalk in Atlantic City; the Galaxy Jazz Festival in Milwaukee; the Embarcadero in San Francisco and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The group has also performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts across the nation.

Veteran journalist and author Bob Woodward wraps up the 2012-2013 Arts and Lecture Series on March 12 with a lecture in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Woodward has worked for "The Washington Post" since 1971 and is currently an associate editor for the paper.

Woodward and Carl Bernstein were made famous for their investigation on the Watergate scandal in 1972, which earned the Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward is the other and co-author of seventeen books, all of which have been best-sellers. His current book, "The Price of Politics," analyzes 18 months of how President Obama worked with high profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American Economy. His other notable works include "All the President's Men" and the "Final Days," which chronicle the Watergate scandal/investigation and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Tickets for Arts and Lectures Series events are $10 for the general public and can be reserved by calling (860) 465-0036 or e-mailing tickets@easternct.edu. For more information on the 2012-2013 series, visit www.easternct.edu/artsandlecture

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