Tahlequah Daily Press

February 4, 2014

Journalist, author, and political analyst to deliver Larry Adair Lectureship at NSU


TAHLEQUAH — Knowledge of current events is the first step toward becoming a responsible global citizen, which is one of the values Northeastern State University (NSU) hopes to bestow upon its graduates. With this value in mind, John Avlon has been selected to deliver this year’s Larry Adair lectureship on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Webb Auditorium in Tahlequah.

Avlon is the senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, as well as a CNN contributor. He is also the author of “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics” and “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” He is also an editor and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Real Time with Bill Maher, PBS and C-Span.

When lecturing, Avlon discusses America’s broken political system and shares with audiences tangible opportunities for constructive change. He is a registered Independent, who believes that hyper-partisanship is hurting our country because it is stopping us from solving serious problems we face.

Avlon is the former chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, he and his team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction of the World Trade Center.

He has spoken at several schools and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012.

The Larry Adair Lectureship Series was established in 2004 by friends and family of former Oklahoma Speaker of the House, the Honorable Larry Adair, and the NSU Foundation to create an annual forum to engage students in politics, government and public policy.

There will also be a book signing following the lecture in the Webb Auditorium lobby. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Peggy Glenn at (918) 444-4200 or visit, www.nsuok.edu/larryadair.

Arrangements and appearances of John Avlon made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY.